Friday, April 10, 2015

Natchez, MS

Continuing our journey we crossed the river into Mississippi at Natchez which hosts an excellent Mississippi / NPS visitor center, where we picked up several useful maps and guidebooks.  The city itself seems mostly run down, and frankly was disappointing.  We camped about ten miles out of town at Natchez State Park - spacious, well maintained, inexpensive (we paid $27 for two nights), water & electric hookups, dump station, the park even has its own laundry facility!  All very positive, but on the flip side the place is infested with ticks.  In fact, ticks coming out of the wazoo!  Not good for the dogs!  Not good for us!

Leaving the State Park we are now traveling northward on the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444 drive through beautiful scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.

At milestone 193 we stopped for the night at the Jeff Busby free campground.  We snuck into the last available slot (really just a space for a tent camper's car) as the campground was full of returning Canadian Snowbirds.


  1. Yes, the south has economic issues, when I visited years ago I was surprised that many of the kids, during the summer, did not wear shoes. I hope you have one of those micro combs for the dogs, and maybe for yourself!

    Have you noticed anyone one, gas station people, stores, etc. saying "Yes Sir, yes Ma'am?"

    I see new stickers on your travel map, yeah!

    1. When we lived in TX our daughter very rarely wore shoes in the summer. It was just the norm, and still is. Our two little grandkids are always playing in the street without them. In fact it's a battle to get them to put shoes on.

      Yes, 'yes sir, and yes ma'am' is normal, and is certainly expected from little ones when addressing their elders. Our grandkids say it all the time.

  2. What a pretty area! Yes, ticks are bad this year. I have found some on my dogs already this spring so I bought some stuff at Sam's Club to repel them.
    To the gentleman above, referencing the kids not wearing shoes, that is a very common thing in the South. Not that they don't have shoes, children just go barefoot.
    We will be on our first official camping trip, next weekend, to Bennett Spring State Park in Lebanon, Missouri. If you ever make it up this way, you should check it out.

    1. We've switched our dogs from Trifexis (which is great for when we are in CA but does not address ticks) to a combination of Nexgard for ticks & fleas and Iverhart Max for heartworm and internal parasites.

  3. Thanks for the responses from both of you! I figured it was more of a "fun" thing for summer to walk around without shoes, not because they did not have any shoes. Other then on a beach or in a house, I had never seen this before.

    Glad to hear the tick issue has been addressed.