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Apr 6, 2012 - Tombigbee State Park
I am posting this entry a few days after the fact. As we continue along the Trace and stay in some of these remote parks, cell service is spotty at best. Therefore, we have not posted regularly and we'll wait to add photos, due to extremely lengthy upload times. Sorry about that. What we are finding in Mississippi far exceeds our expectations. While we had very warm and humid conditions in Natchez, everything is now more seasonal and we are enjoying this state tremendously. The Parkway has provided a lot of beauty, tranquility and great...Jump to full entry
Apr 4, 2012 - Wednesday April 4,2012
Last night was very interesting due to the weather. Between the wind and rain all night, it was fun. Got out of Vidalia early to start on the Natchez Trace Parkway. This a National Park Service road that reaches from Natchez Mississippi to Nashville Tennessee, total 444 miles. It is a park road so there is nothing on the parkway, you need to get off in one of the little towns near the parkway if you need something. We drove to Tupelo Mississippi, where Elvis was born. The drive was very relaxing because the speed limit is 50 mph and the...Jump to full entry
Mar 22, 2012 - A rainy night at Walmart in Tupelo, Mississippi
Hazel and I have been on the road since Sunday afternoon, leaving our home in Princeton, Minnesota and traveling South to the Gulf Coast. Our first stop was an unplanned one, due to high head winds, but a pleasant one at the “Diamond Jo Casino” just inside the Iowa border at Northwood. On Tuesday morning, we headed out early, before daybreak, and avoided the winds for several hours, spending the night at “Hickory Haven Camp” in Keokuk. This was an older RV park without WiFi or cable television, and the only two channels we could get with...Jump to full entry
Nov 19, 2011 - Tupelo, MS - Elvis' birthplace.
We had a great trip yesterday from Checotah, OK to Little Rock, AR. Unfortunately because we are on a tight schedule to get down to Tania for Thanksgiving, we have been unable to “stop and smell the roses”. We had heard that the Oklahoma interstates were in bad shape. Thankfully this is not the case of the I-40E at all. In fact we drove it from west to east and it has a wonderful, smooth surface, all the way! The drive through the Arkansas hills was most enjoyable, with the evidence of what must have been beautiful Fall colors. The trees...Jump to full entry
Nov 5, 2011 - Humble Beginnings of "The King"
Realizing we would be spending more time in Red Bay than originally planned and certainly not knowing how much longer we’ll be here, we thought we’d take advantage to do more sightseeing and explore the area a bit more. Today we decided to set our sights on heading west into Mississippi and go to Tupelo and visit the birthplace of Elvis Aaron Presley, born January 8, 1935 to Vernon and Gladys Presley. Elvis was born in a two-room house built by his grandfather, father and uncle and was one of identical twin brothers born to the Presley’s....Jump to full entry
Oct 26, 2011 - Low signal...
We're going to have 400 pictures to load on here when we get at strong enough signal! ha We've followed the Natchez Trace this far and are not at a 'family' park just off it near Tupelo. It's a neat little park.... the guy was a lot of fun and .. yes, we did buy Boy Scout popcorn so they can go to Washington DC in June! ;> Weather's beautiful... stays in the high 50's at night... may be even higher now that we're out of the 'hills' ... Love it!! Our last park was huge but it was a bit out of the way.... they'd been working on the new...Jump to full entry
Oct 24, 2011 - Tupelo, Mississippi
Destination # 48: Tupelo, Mississippi Mileage: 120 miles (from Tunica, MS) Arrive: Monday, October 24, 2011 Depart: Thursday, October 27, 2011 • Monday, October 24 After the flat, flat land of the Mississippi Delta, the trip to Tupelo offers a dramatic change of scenery with miles of green rolling hills and lots of trees to look at. We are staying in the Trace State Park just outside of Tupelo, hands down the most beautiful campground we have seen so far. Our campsite is right next to a lake and has a gorgeous panoramic view on all...Jump to full entry
Oct 5, 2011 - Florence, AL to Tupelo, MS
We took another route from Florence back to the Parkway. The scenery on this road made us realize we truly are in "Dixie." I never saw so much cotton...as far as the eye could see. I wanted to break into song again, but couldn't remember all the words..."I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times they are not forgotten, look away, look away, Dixieland." We took some pictures at the bridge over the Tennessee River, then after crossing, left the Parkway again for a sidetrip downriver to visit Pickwick Lake and Dam. Pickwick Lake is where...Jump to full entry
Sep 14, 2011 - While in Tupelo
Wednesday morning we moved the bus to an RV park and got settled. Later we toured Elvis Presley's birthplace. After that we drove over to the Park HQ for the Natchez Trace. This is also the HQ for the Tupelo National Battlefield, and the Brices Crossroads National Battlefield. A couple of miles from HQ on the Trace, we stopped at a Chickasaw Indian village site. And a short distance from there we stopped at a Confederate soldiers grave site. Wednesday early evening a thunder storm went over. It poured hard for about 20 minutes with...Jump to full entry
Aug 4, 2011 - Tupelo
I arrive in Tupelo early because I have no air conditioning and it has been getting up to 115 (heat index) so I have to travel in the morning. I go to 3 different places to get my air conditioner looked at. Finally at the 3rd place he tells me it just needs free-on...it'll be about 30 bucks. Well, nothing on Leonardo has ever been 30 bucks so I didn't get my hopes up. Then he's pumping it in and the air is blowing colder and colder! It felt so good. I was on cloud 9...so happy. And then he finishes and closes the hood and I go to pay and...Jump to full entry
Jul 15, 2011 - First to Last.
BARNES CROSSING RV PARK, TUPELO, MS. 7/15/11 This is the park where we spent our first night on the road on this trip and tonight should be the last. Another early start this morning. We were leaving the park by 0800. Drove a couple miles to gas up and then hit I40 for some more eastbound. No tail wind today, the wind is out of the east...right on the nose... Maybe 15mph. Just enough to cut the miles per gallon. We found a rest stop for lunch that was within two miles of being exactly half way on today's trip. It was very hot outside,...Jump to full entry
Jun 1, 2011 - And while I was in Tupelo...
It was really great being back. I saw folks I haven't seen in years. I went to Amory to help with the storm cleanup for a few days. The town of Smithville was pretty much completely wiped out due to the tornado. I worked at the Sav-A-Life to raise money for the victims. Hard work but for a good cause. I met some awesome people. The Indiana youth group was great and helped so much. They found a box of Mississippi Girl t-shirts someone had donated and they wore those home! Ha. Ah to be young again... I went to see Poison last week at the BSC...Jump to full entry