January 22, 2016
It is fun to explore a new state, especially one I’ve only heard about on the news or read about in a book. With our intrepid fellow travelers, Ed and Connie, we crossed the wide and fast moving Mississippi River to spend a day in Vicksburg, Mississippi. In particular we were interested in touring the Civil War battlefield and museum at Vicksburg National Military Park.
We looked around in the museum/gift shop and then drove part of the 16 mile tour around the battlefield. The battlefield spreads out over several good sized hills with lots of high vantage points. Here are a few pictures from the day:
We had blackened catfish and BBQ in Vicksburg for lunch, the brew pup we wanted to try had just closed. The downtown area was like many others with some buildings already renovated and some waiting their turn. All in all, a lovely day to be out and about!
We are settling into our life at Black Bayou, both with work and play. Cliff and I combine our hours and generally work about 24 hours a week with me at the Visitor Center and Cliff working on replacing boards on the fishing pier and helping clean the fish tanks.
Connie has been painting signs and Ed repairing those signs. I did not get a picture of Connie painting but there is one on their travel blog at streamingaround.com.
It isn’t all fun and games here, we do mundane things like laundry now and then! We have a stackable washer and dryer in the trailer but sometimes we are provided with amazing amenities and at Black Bayou we have a host clubhouse. Take a look at this:
Our weather has been cool and a bit rainy. Here are a few pictures from around Black Bayou. The first one is the Visitor Center, an old house that was part of the cotton plantation.
We all keep busy on our days off when we are not out exploring the area. Cliff and Ed always seem to have a project or two that requires a trip to Home Depot for parts or supplies. Or at least that is the story we hear. Connie and I found a great quilt store that just happens to be the local Bernina sewing machine dealer. Well, we made ourselves right at home and joined the open sew group on Wednesdays. Life is good…..
Cliff and Cyndy