Since birth I’ve heard the dogma, “If you swim in the Mississippi, you will drown.”
Growing up in New Orleans, since birth I’ve heard the dogma, “If you swim in the Mississippi, you will drown.” My grandfather swam in it as a kid. My bud, Tommy, swam across it, but was too tired to swim back (he took a cab). Every year, people drown in the river, but it has less to do with the deadliness of the river and more to do with the fact that poor kids don’t know how to swim.
Besides the obvious misconception of the river not being swimmable, the real tragedy is that nobody knows about the beautiful reefs and marine life that awaits them just below the surface. Trying to educate the public on this issue has become my passion.