(Elena Writing) After breakfast we went into the Welcome Center in Natchez MS. We saw some exhibits and also got some information.
There was a flea market/farmers market this morning in the downtown area and we decided to walk to the area. There was only one vendor selling produce. Although it was a disappointment, we enjoyed a walking tour of the area and a few beautifully restored homes. Overall though Natchez is looking pretty run-down. Properties that haven’t been restored to serve as B&Bs or other business places or fee attractions are in pretty sad shape. It’s a very old city and the buildings require a lot of attention.
We drove across the Mississippi River on LA-84 to Vidalia, LA and immediately drove to the Welcome Center there for additional information. Since it was close to noon, we had lunch at the Sandbar Restaurant. It was recommended by the people at the Welcome Center and also by my friend Evelyn. We certainly enjoyed our meal. We shared the seafood platter and a big bowl of gumbo. The hush puppies were absolutely delicious as were the stuffed crab, shrimp, and catfish. They were generous with their portions so we brought home leftover gumbo. Thanks, Evelyn!
We continued northwest on LA-84 to Ferriday then north on LA-425 to Clayton. We picked up LA-65 to Richmond then turned east on I-20 and crossed the Mississippi River again into Vicksburg, MS.
It was a perfect day for traveling since it was overcast from early morning to late afternoon. It started to rain late afternoon after we arrived in Vicksburg. We are spending the night at WMSC (Wal*Mart). We had heavy rain last night and it’s looking like more of the same tonight.