Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Vicksburg
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- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
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As we said yesterday, we needed to get in and get out quickly of Crater of Diamonds State Park so we could get to Mississippi in time to meet up with Bobby for dinner.
So, up at 5.30, dressed and ready for breakfast by six - eek, this is supposed to be a lovely relaxing holiday. Is this for real? No wait, are we doing the right thing?
Charlie. "Jude, after scratchin' yesterday in the dirt, do you feel you could be happy with just ...
... of the earlier path showed it was not so hospitable back then. As the Trace became more frequented by travelers, Inns began to pop up along the route. Mount Locust Inn and Plantation was one such place. What started off as a home and plantation in 1780 was turned into a "stand" (a crude name for a inn) by 1785. Here travelers could find basic food and sleep on the porches or the grounds for a mere 25 cents.
Once we exit ...
... on some back wood roads and through some small towns. I noticed large high school buildings that were left abandoned. Boards on windows, grass unkept and once glorified football field left overgrown with weeds, stands and goal posts left to rust. Not to far in an elementary school was also in a similar state. What happens in a town to cause schools to shut down?
The landscape flattened out and there were signs of water everywhere. Swampy sections of land sat on the side ...
... and Gary is one of these. My mother had told me Gary had prepared for months to take a test that qualified him to give private tours of the park. Though I wasn’t expecting a simple Disney Jungle Cruise-type scripted thing, I had no idea the width and depth of knowledge required to give this tour. I soon found out.
Gary began by taking me into a map room that used tiny LED lights to provide a God’s-Eye view of the battle. You ...
... 8230; fun?"
My love for history has taken me all over this country, but I’ve noticed that I tend toward places where I actually like the history. For example, the last few years I’ve been particularly interested in early American history and the American Revolution, so visiting Boston and Philadelphia was a feast. I will admit that I enjoy histories that prove American exceptionalism, ...