Saturday, July 6, 2013

Vacation Day 2

Up and at 'em early today. We had breakfast and hit the road. I guess the late night and early morning were a little much for the kids because while Dax was doing this....

there was a lot of this going on.

We headed to Natchez, MS where we toured the Melrose House Plantation. They are making some repairs to the exterior of the house, but we were still able to tour the inside, and Wow! what a house.

And the grounds were beautiful too.

When we finished there we went on into town and toured the William Johnson house. His was an interesting story. He was born a slave, later freed, then became a wealthy business man with slaves of his own.

Once we left there we walked over to a bar-b-que place in town called The Pig Out Inn. It was pretty good stuff. They had pig decorations everywhere but these made me laugh.

I think it was the little pink babies that did it.

Once we were all fat and happy, we parked down by the river and just looked around.

Once we were done in Natchez we continued on to Vicksburg. We bought a cd and did the driving tour through the battle grounds. We had only made a stop or two on the tour when it started to rain. It was just sprinkles at first which was no big deal, and then it started to pour. It got to the point that it was raining so hard we could hardly see 10 feet in front of the car. As it was, we were trying to hurry to get through the tour before the park closed and they locked the gates. We had just enough time to do it in without the rain so this really put a kink in things. Then, as luck would have it, we made a wrong turn and found ourselves about half way back to where we had started. That REALLY put a kink in things. But luckily we were able to find our way to the park entrance/exit and they hadn't locked the gates yet.

After all that excitement, we decided to call it a day and head on to Jackson, MS, where we spent the night. For the first time we got the kids their own room instead of the 6 of us staying in a suite. It made me a nervous wreck but everything worked out great and the kids really loved the independence of being in their own room. Dax and I are just so grateful that we have great kids that can be trusted to stay in their own room!

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