Lots to Like in Mississippi
06.11.2014 - 08.11.2014
The blues don't last long in Mississippi. Just 30 miles down the road you will find a lot to make you sing and dance without any music.
When you eventually find a place to eat, it's bound to be a place to remember.
Polly makes everything from scratch for the same people who come in day after day. I learned how to make really good fried okra. Everyone talks to you. She will want you to write your name on the wall.
At Monsours in Vicksburg, the waitress might entertain the room with her ghost stories.
When it gets too cold at the campground, you will just happen to stumble on to The Corners Mansion Inn, where you will have the best breakfast, meet the nicest people, and have a luxurious room.
You will realize that no matter how ugly you iniially think a town is, each one has its Mississippi Pride and will pull out all props to promote its history - including piping blues music in the playground and on the main street and painting murals along the levee in Vicksburg.
In Natchez your tour guide will claim to be the father of a Bronco player (whose name you can't find on the roster), the former road manager for Molly Hatchett, to have renovated half the houses on the tour, and to be about 20 years younger than you are. Just repeating what he said.......
When you haven't said a word to anyone for at least three hours, you will run into someone like a couple from Laramie, Wyoming who are busking across the states playing bagpipes and a trumpet. (But have never heard of Couch Surfing and AirBnb and instead sleep in Walmart parking lots in the back of their Outback!)
And then on a walk or an easy bike ride, you will make friends with a friendly cat.
At many points along the western Mississippi north/south highways, you will again see the Mississippi River and remember standing on the headwaters back in August in Minnesota.
And then you will stumble on a group of Civil War reenactors. Despite the fact they are shouting "kill those dang Yankees!" and telling racist commentary, you enjoy the whole event.
You might even discover you have had a very long and pleasant conversation with a family from the same small town where you had the AirBnB fiasco. The boys surely go to the same school and play on the same football team and you are certain in a small town they will soon know of the "rude Yankee they hosted," you don't mention you have been in their town recently.
And you listen to an "old codger" provide long and exacting information on artillery, safety, and his contribution to Civil War reenacting in Mississippi only to discover he is not quite four years older than you. It will make you wonder if you, too, will age that much in four years. If so, better get to seeing further and doing more before it is too late.
Check the photo gallery for more reenactment and Mississippi pictures to find scenes that will make you happy or blue.