Roy’s Store, Lake Washington, Mississippi
Roy’s Store is a filling station, post office, bait shop, general store and home cook restaurant, all in the same building. For lunch I had the Special for $8, fried chicken, speckled butter beans, cheese broccoli, salad corn balls, pecan pie, and cold tea. Run by Pam and her all women crew.
People come here from all over the USA to Lake Washington to fish all year. Carrie went out with someone this morning. And I swam yesterday and today, because the alligators only eat the fish (seriously). A woman in the store swims every day—water is just right to cool off, not cold like in Alberta.
People here in Mississippi are amazingly congenial and helpful. Yesterday we were knocking at a house with music inside at 8 am with no answer. I flagged down a truck, and the driver said “ya havn a little trouble getting an answer. Ol Leroy he doen get up much before niahn.”
We are picking up the accent.
We talked to several fishermen and women this morning, so we never had quiet time until the afternoon. I met a fisherman who has used CPAP for 15 years. While he and I were talking, another fisherman showed up , listened, and realized that he probably has sleep apnea as well, because he is always tired.
Wildlife has been limited to road kill—opossums, armadillos, small crocodile, several turtles, a deer, two kinds of snakes, and one small live snake slithering across the road.
Birds are red, orange with black, grey, white, big and small, and seem about as cheerful as they can be.
It was 75 F at 10:30 am, now a sunny 90 F with wind up to 20 mph, so it’s still comfortable. And swimming is good.
People here have us feeling at home. Ya gotta liahk a place like that.