Friday, December 28, 2012

Dec 27 - Demopolis to Vicksburg

The Gulf Coast states have been on the receiving end of a series of weather events that have delivered heavy rain, high winds, and a few tornadoes. With all the watches and warnings our little NOAA weather radio has been squawking and squealing like a cat with it's tail caught in the front door.

So it was no surprise that after our Christmas Day storm, yet another was predicted for later in the week. So we took advantage of the lull in the action to make the leap a little further west today, Thursday. Doug and Kay also left Demopolis today on a more southerly tack toward the Gulf.

Our stay at Foscue COE campground near Demopolis turned into a 9 day stay... longer than we thought it would on arrival. But with good neighbors like Doug and Kay, the pleasant surroundings of our preferred type of campground, and the urge to take a little "down-time" during the Christmas break, it was a pleasant and relaxing time.

Apparently that "down-time", for me, included an extended break from blogging. I woke thinking about it this morning and will have to make a big effort to get caught up before we're adding even more explorations to the backlog... like our visit to the Mississippi State Capitol on Friday.

Our drive today was good except for the volume of traffic on I-20. For the record, our route was US-80 to I-20 to Vicksburg, a distance of 190 miles. Weather cooperated... cloudy much of the day but no rain.

We're parked at the Ameristar Casino RV Park on the south side of Vicksburg. We were here in December of 2007 when we explored the Vicksburg National Battlefield Monument and the Courthouse Museum downtown. Our goal this time is to see the Capitol over in Jackson, 45 miles east of us and right along our route earlier today. I wasn't comfortable with any of the very few RV park options closer to Jackson... the reason we're here in Vicksburg.

With yet another storm system coming through the South Sunday night or Monday we're motivated to head further west Saturday. And watch for a few "fill-in" posts covering the past week or so over the next few days.