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... January 26, Panama City Beach
Sini woke up alive and kicking. After a terrible Sunday, she’s feeling 100% better. There were a few things we were looking for to outfit the motorhome so we hopped in the Jimmy and headed to Camping World, Target, and a few other big box stores. We’ve been looking for a special type of end table for our new recliner and a new coffee maker. I managed to break our existing carafe and it is a specific size and ...
... the bigger tent. It was freezing and wet so it would certainly not be fun.
We made it to Vicksburg by early afternoon but it was pouring with rain so it was rather difficult to do anything. We went for a drive around the area and ended up checking out the outlets (Don’t worry I didn’t buy anything) and grabbed something to eat at the Cracker barrel restaurant which of course serves ginormous meals.
The next morning we woke to ...
Vicksburg National Park is an extensive memorial for Civil War. Thanks Bob Osterberg for recommending we stop in Vicksburg, MS. Tom was totally enthralled for the 16 mile drive while I got bored after 1 hour until we saw the Cairo ironclad ship that was hit with cannons and sunk around 1863. All crew members were saved. The ship was found around mid 59-60's and restored over 20 years. By far the largest jigsaw puzzle ...
... in the place and I find that difficult.... I also realised just how friendly people are. One guy wanted to take me to the doctors as I would be able to claim....
Anyway on to the park
Cast your mind back to 1863, before Manassas 1&2, Antietam, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville,(all Union defeats, as when they did win they didn't press the advantage and lost momentum)
In the early months of 1863 Maj Gen William ...
... and as he was about to retire, he was more than willing to get into the shots. He also warned us about snakes, particularly water moccasins which are deadly.
Back onto the road for the ride to Vicksburg - we stopped for fuel at a place called Onward whose claim to fame is the Theodore Roosevelt went there on a hunt and refused to shoot a bear, hence the nickname Teddy. The shop was full of all sorts of interesting ...