Winding Things UpWestward Ho, Days 56-58: Vicksburg, MS, to HOME
At the top of our Saturday agenda was driving back across the Mississippi River into Louisiana to plant the letterbox we didn't find a spot for on Friday. We tried the Louisiana Welcome Center, but it was much too well manicured with no bushy shrubs or other friendly letterbox homes, so we continued west a few miles to a general aviation airport near the town of Tallulah. Close by the airport we found a sweet little hiding spot for this almost homeless letterbox.
|Mississippi River bridges (I-20 on left, former road, now rail on right)|
|Cast Iron Tools|
|A triumphantly unsurrendered Confederate flag exhibited in a place of honor in the museum's entrance hall|
|From the Jefferson Davis homage|
|Sign in Jefferson Davis room|
But wait, there's more. This was not the end of the preposterous exhibits we encountered at the Old Courthouse Museum. The next one was actually amusing, however.
|Old Warren County Courthouse|
|Even Ripley wouldn't have made this one up.|
Needless to say, the tale of the emasculate conception was later exposed as a hoax, but not before the Confederate soldier married the young lady. The couple later bore additional children conceived in the more conventional manner, as the first one no doubt originated as well.
|Old Douglas, a faithful Confederate to the end|
Finally departing Vicksburg, we headed toward Ivy Hill, my sister's home in northeast Alabama, stopping along the way to plant a letterbox just off a forest service road near Louisville, Mississippi. That was #47. Just one more box to plant to complete the great 48—Alabama.
We arrived at Ivy Hill on Saturday in time for dinner with Jeanne and her progeny, who had all gathered for a post-Christmas celebration—four children, their spouses, and 11 grandchildren. Even without Nanamama, who was also visiting, Ivy Hill was a full house—full of love, full of food, full of fun. I was treated to a wonderful surprise when dinner ended with a birthday cake dessert complete with a colorful custom birthday banner made for me by Alex, Carson and Lizzie. Later, the grandchildren re-enacted a favorite family tradition—a living nativity. Everyone agreed that Lizzie's little lamb impersonation was baaa-rilliant.
|Grant, Avery, Lizzie, Carson, and Alex|
|States where we traveled and letterboxed in 2012|