March 22 - 23rd
The Natchez Trace.
Entry sign for Natchez State Park.
Sissy was getting anxious about going fishing until we found out the cost of a non-resident fishing license!
Mama's Old Store - closed now but we couldn't resist the pic.
Do you think this wall was painted last week? A building down on the river.
We headed out of New Orleans at 0930 and 41 degrees (chilly cold). We hadn't seen an arctic blast like this one since Myrtle Beach! Rod (Debi's hubby) gave us directions to avoid the city when leaving toward Natchez, Mississippi.
The road north (I55) was great once we reached Mississippi, but the Louisiana portion was terrible. Bump-idy-bump we went all the way out of the state. Once at the state line, John thought about going to a dentist to have his teeth re-installed.
Mississippi is gorgeous from the interstate to Natchez. Rolling hills, farms, cattle ranches and small towns dot the landscape of the 4 lane, divided highway. Traffic was light and the ride was thoroughly enjoyable. Once inside the city limits of Natchez, we saw the signs that directed us to the Natchez State Park (12 miles north of the city.) The sign at the park said to set up camp and the park ranger would come by and collect the fee. We did just that! And, without a reservation.
CHANGE IN PLANS! Our original plans were to simply make a pit stop in Natchez and drive on toward Port Gibson before setting up camp. But, because there was so much to see and do here, we elected to stay at the Natchez State Park for 2 days and nights. Another reason for the change in plans was that our friend (Scott) could not meet us in Tunica. For that reason, we bypassed Tunica and traveled from Natchez to Arkansas for either 1 or 2 days.
After a short drive to the office and the lake, we headed for Natchez in the truck. It was still chilly cold outside and Sissy didn't want to ride the bike (John didn't either). We were able to find downtown without any problems and headed straight for the river (Mississippi) for some pics. We saw some tugs pushing barges downstream and another one pulling barges upstream. We also saw a river boat (converted into a casino) and the Mississippi River Bridge.
As you know from the Our Plans page on this web site, John wanted to visit Miss Nellie's while in town. He asked directions from the first person we saw at the Welcome Center. The man's eyes lit up, he smiled and it was obvious he knew what John was talking about, but he also told us that Miss Nellie passed away a while back. She was in her eighties when she died and had been a local madam in Natchez for a least 50 years. John was very disappointed because visiting Miss Nellie's was supposed to be one of the highlights of our trip. He cried, almost!
As the sun began to fall, we stopped for groceries at the Natchez Market before heading to the camp ground so as not to get lost. Sissy cooked pepper steak and gravy over mashed potatoes with a side of green beens, and it was absolutely delicious. John caught up on the web site, downloaded some pics and Sissy updated her journal. Then it was a little news on the boob tube and nighty-night time. The furnace was cranking all night long.
We've decided to create 2 web pages for our time in Natchez to include more larger pics for you to view and to narrate both days of our sightseeing. Click here to visit page 2.
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