Mississippi Travel

Mississippi is a great place to visit, if your like me the first thing you think about is the Mississippi River.

But it’s no wonder, Mississippi’s name is derived from the Mississippi River, after the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi.

The state of Mississippi western boundary is largely defined by the Mississippi River.

Mississippi is almost entirely within the Gulf coastal plain, and generally consists of lowland plains and low hills.

Jackson is both the state’s capital and largest city. One of the interesting sites in Jackson is the former state capitol building it was used as the State House from 1839 through 1903, when the present capitol building was opened.

Mississippi is known for its music and literature, it has been called the Birth Place of The Blues.

Musicians of the state’s Delta region were historically significant to the development of the blues.

The USA International Ballet Competition, which is held every four years, takes place in Jackson.

A census showed that in 2010, 37.3% of Mississippi’s population was African American, the highest percentage for any state.

The Mississippi River is not the only river in it’s state, there is the Big Black River, the Pearl River, the Yazoo River, the Pascagoula River, and the Tombigbee River.

Mississippi if one thing is green, it has over 3000 species of plants, more than 420 species of birds, and approximately 204 fish species.

Biloxi
Biloxi is a Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its casinos.

Biloxi Lighthouse stands next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound.

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum offers exhibits on boat-building and seafood-processing.

The Beauvoir estate and Jefferson Davis Presidential Library explore the life of the Confederate leader.

The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies research and rehabilitation center, is one of the only dolphin rescue facilities on the gulf coast, and cares for a variety of marine mammals.

It has a discovery room with a pool that allow visitors to interact with sea stars, stingrays, sharks, and other marine life.

Address: 3671, 10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulf-port, Mississippi
Official site: www.imms.org

Beauvoir
The Beauvoir estate was built in 1852 and became the home of president, Jefferson Davis, in 1877.

It remained in the family until 1903, when Davis’ widow sold the property to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

As part of the sale, the organization agreed to use the property as a free home for confederate veterans (1903-1957).

Since 1957 the property remains a memorial to confederate soldiers and Jefferson Davis.

The estate is home to the Confederate Presidential Library and Museum.

The museum has President Davis belongings, items from the veterans home, and artifacts from the Civil War.

Visitors may tour the large estate, which includes the home, guest cottages, and the Memorial Cemetery.

Address: 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Mississippi
site: www.visitbeauvoir.org

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn about the natural world with exhibits of Mississippi’s wildlife, sealife (aquarium with over 200 species), and its extensive fossil collection.

Location: Off Lakeland Drive at Interstate 55 in Northeast Jackson, Mississippi within LeFleur’s Bluff State Park
Official site: www.mdwfp.com/museum

Elvis Presley Birth Home
On January 8, 1935, Elvis Presley was born in a two-room house that was built by his father in Tupelo, Mississippi.

The home has been preserved and is open for fans to see it as it was during his childhood, complete with period furnishings.

Address: 306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, Mississippi
Official site: www.elvispresleybirthplace.com

Rock & Blues Heritage Museum
The Rock & Blues Heritage Museum in Clarksdale has a wide variety of music memorabilia from 1905 through the 1970’s, with a focus on the evolution of Blues and Rock n’ Roll.

One of the most impressive aspects is the museum’s collection of original records, dating back to a 1905 Edison phonograph and cylinders and several examples of 1920’s 78 rpm acetate records.

Here, you can also find what is considered the world’s first rock ‘n’ roll record, Ike Turner’s Rocket 78, which was recorded in Clarksdale. Other original vinyls include the 1956 Shake, Rattle and Roll and Rock Around the Clock.

The museum also has several guitars autographed by music legends like Chuck Berry, B.B. King, the Doors’ Rob Krieger, and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.

Other memorabilia includes interesting artifacts, like The Who’s contract to play Woodstock and ticket stubs form the concert, Beach Boys stage props, and original sheet music.

There is also an exclusive “British Invasion” exhibit, which features Beatles memorabilia and rare items, like John Lennon’s Dutch “Bag One” lithographs.

Address: 113 East 2nd Street, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Official site: www.blues2rock.com


Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway follows a route once used by Native Americans, stretching for 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi through Alabama to Nashville, Tennessee.

It is a popular scenic route for sightseeing, with plenty of things to do and see along the way.

Among the most popular tourist attractions are numerous prehistoric mounds and archaeological sites, scenic lookouts, and historic points of interest like the Tupelo and Brices Cross Roads battlefields.

The Parkway is also a designated bicycle route with incredible views and photo opportunities.

Official site: http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm

Old Courthouse Museum
The Old Courthouse Museum is a registered National Historic Landmark operated by the Vicksburg and Warren County Historical Society.

The courthouse was build in 1858 by slave labor. The museum exhibits Civil War artifacts, flags, clothing, household items, and furniture.

Address: 1008 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Official site: http://oldcourthouse.org/

Mississippi Petrified Forest
The Mississippi Petrified Forest is a enormous massive forest, slowly turning to stone with time. It has a nature trails to explore the evolution of plants and fossils over time.

Official site: www.mspetrifiedforest.com

Some of the famous people born in Mississippi are Elvis Presley, BB King, Gerald McRaney, Shepard Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Sela Ward, and James Earl Jones.

There is so much more to talk about and explore about Mississippi than what we covered here.

I don't know about you, but I want to soak my feet in the Mississippi River, and get in-touch with nature, and head down the river in a boat.

Never mind me, you go on and have a safe and pleasant vacation. Don't forget your safety tips: Wear casual clothes - Blend in

If you put your wallet in your pants back pockets - insert it - the wide way in - its harder to pull out. Even for you.

Eat right - try the local dishes that include fruits and/or vegetables. You don't have to do it everyday - two out of three. Ok, three out of four and you can throw in some sweets.

Last but not least - if you have a large bag - must take stuff - make sure you have a long strap - and place it across your chest. If the strap is resting on top of your left shoulder - the bag should be resting on the right side of your waist.

Bye, have fun take some pictures and share some with us.

Kansas Travel

If you are like me, the first thing you do when you look at a map is notice the top, middle and bottom. When some people where asked, “What state is in the middle of the United States?”; many replied Kansas.

Kansas is in the Mid-western part of The United States, named after the Kansas River.

The Kansas River was named after the Native Americans who lived along its banks for many centuries.

For thousands of years, Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes.

Kansas capital is Topeka.

Topeka’s State Capitol Building, is a work of art, it’s covers 20 acres in the heart of downtown Topeka.

It’s French Renaissance-style took 37 years to build. It’s construction began in 1866 and ended in 1903.

Kansas borders with Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and on the west with Colorado.

The tribes that inhabited the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys.

Kansas was first settled by Americans in 1827; with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth.

Unlike many states, Kansas land is mainly devoted to agriculture.

The state’s agricultural outputs are cattle, sheep, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, cotton, hogs, corn, and salt.

As of 2018, there were 59,600 farms in Kansas, 86 of which are certified as organic farms.

The most significant agricultural crop in the state is wheat.

Kansas is ranked eighth in US petroleum production. Oil production in Kansas has remained fairly constant.

The average monthly rate is about 2.8 million barrels. Kansas is also ranked eighth in US natural gas production.

Kansas economy is also influenced by the aerospace industry, with such giants as Spirit AeroSystems, Bombardier Aerospace, and Textron Aviation.

People who never visited Kansas recognize it from literature and film – one of my favorite films featuring Kansas is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.



The main character in the novel and film Dorothy Gale won the hearts of many. There's something heart warming and exciting about Dorothy finding her way back to Kansas. That just keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Whose's heart did not go out for Dorothy's safe return to Kansas.

Equally as powerful is Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, published in 1935, a TV sensation packed with important family and community values. Definitely something you want to watch with your loved one.

Kansas is also home to the fictional character of Superman; in the Man of Steel. He grows up in Smallville, Kansas and heads off to save the world.

Do you believe in coincidences? - There's three, they all seem to agree - that Kansas is a place of great values.

Kansas is also known for the Kansas Speedway; located in Kansas City; host of the NASCAR, IndyCar, and ARCA race circuits.

The Kansas Speedway is known for its spectacular fan experience, with more than 200 motor sports events throughout the year.

The track hosts NASCAR touring series races and special events throughout the year.

Wichita Kansas

Wichita is the largest city in south-central Kansas with a population of 390,591. Wichita is known for it's impressive tourist attractions, such as:

The Botanica Wichita Gardens

The Botanica Wichita Gardens is a paradise celebrating horticulture that is open year-round. It has a Children's Garden, a Monster Woods exhibit, a Tree-house, 4000 species of plants, a butterfly garden, and a Shakespeare Garden.

Keeper of the Plains

The 44-foot-tall Keeper of the Plains - steel statue - stands over the public plaza, where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers merge through downtown.

The land in the area is sacred to Native Americans, and the plaza commemorates the important history and role that Native Americans have in the area.

A must-see event at the plaza is the "Ring of Fire" spectacular display, takes place at night.

Old Town

Old Town is in the heart of Wichita, Kansas. Old Town is home to a large shopping center with brick-lined streets, a collection of brick warehouses dating back to the mid-1800's.

Built with brick and native limestone accents, these distinctive architectural features define the character of an Old Town.

Sedgwick County Zoo

The Sedgwick County Zoo is an AZA-accredited wildlife park in Wichita, Kansas founded in 1971; recognized for its support of conservation programs and successful breeding of rare and endangered species.

It's home to over 3,000 animals of nearly 400 different species, its ranked as the number one outdoor tourist attraction in the state.

As you can see being in the middle is not all that bad, for now I'm just going to close my eyes and wish you a happy and safe trip to Kansas.

Have a great time - let me know about your mid-experience .......have a safe trip. Take lots of pictures, and share some.

Virginia Travel


The State of Virginia
Officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is known in the United States as the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.

The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city.

Virginia’s estimated population as of 2017, is over 8.4 million.

Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 38 independent cities.

Virginia has 11 Metropolitan Statistical Areas; Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Richmond-Petersburg are the three most populous.

Richmond, Capitol of Virginia
Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 204,214.

The Richmond Metropolitan Area has a population of 1,260,029, the third-most populous metro in the state.

Major suburbs include Midlothian, Chesterfield, Varina, Sandston, Glen Allen, Short Pump, and Mechanicsville.

Richmond was founded in 1737. It became the capital of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia in 1780, replacing Williamsburg.

“Give me liberty or give me death” originated in Virginia back in 1775 it was  said by Patrick Henry’s in a speech in he held in St. John’s Church.

Richmond’s economy is primarily driven by law, finance, and government.

Virginia State Capitol
The Virginia State Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau in France.

Its construction began in the year 1785, and was completed in 1788.

In 1960 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The Pentagon
The Pentagon is located in Arlington County, Virginia, its the headquarter of the United States Department of Defense.

The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building.

Over twenty three thousand  (23,000) military and civilian people work there.

The five-acre pentagonal plaza is nicknamed “ground zero” on the presumption that it would be a prime target in a nuclear war.

On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the side of the building, killing 189 people.
 
The Pentagon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is a United States Military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. It was established on May 13th, 1864.

The national cemetery was established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, which had been the estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee.

Mary Anna Custis Lee was one of Martha Washington’s great-granddaughters.

The Cemetery, along with the Arlington House, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of April 2014.

Alexandria
Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture.

Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money Magazine.

Alexandria is the relaxed and refined place to start your Virginia vacation.

Alexandria is home to Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon was the home of the first President of the United States, George Washington.

His wife’s name was Martha Dandridge Custis Washington.

Their former plantation is located in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The mansion was built of wood in a loose Palladian style, the original house was built by George Washington’s father Augustine, around 1734.

 

Mount Vernon was Washington’s home until he passed away in 1799.

In 1858, the house’s historical importance was recognized and the plantation was restored, it was bought by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

Today the plantation is still owned and maintained in trust by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and it’s open every day of the year, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. George would have wanted it that way.

In 1960 Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark , and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

No doubt, Virginia sounds like a great place to visit, if you decide to go – don’t forget your safety tips.

Wear shirts outside your pants if you can, preferably those that cover your pockets, turns off pick pockets.

If you must carry a over the shoulder bags – with long straps – strap it across your chest, not over your shoulder – that’s too easy to pull.

Avoid dark and solitary places – this includes – bus stops.

Have a good time, let me know about your trip.


 

New Hampshire Travel

New Hampshire is the 5th smallest state in the United States. It’s one of the original 13 states that founded the nation.

In June 1788 it became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution.

Concord is New Hampshire’s state capital, and Manchester is its largest city.

Concord is a interesting place to visit, among the most popular sights are the Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden.

The McGowan Fine Art, and the Capitol Center for the Arts are also must see places.

Concord is not heavily populated, it has a population of approximately 42,695 as of 2010.

Penacook, East Concord, and West Concord are the villages that make up Concord.

One of New Hampshire major attractions is that it has no general sales tax.

It also does not have a state or local personal income tax.

The New Hampshire primary, is the first primary in the U.S. Presidential Election cycle.

New Hampshire license plates carry the motto, “Live Free or Die“.

The state’s nickname is, “The Granite State”, referring to its large granite formations and quarries.

New Hampshire has some of the largest ski mountains on the East Coast.

Some of their major recreational attractions include skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter sports.

The Attitash Mountain Resort, located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, is a popular ski destination.

Attitash consists of a variety of terrain on 67 trails – spread out over two connected mountain peaks that cater to skiers and snowboarders.

Attitash Mountain Resort has a ski and snowboard school, that can help beginners learn the fundamentals of skiing or riding.

New Hampshire has the shortest ocean coastline of any state in the United States, approximately 18 miles.

Hampton Beach is a popular local summer destination.

The Sunapee, Winslow, Rollins, and Wadleigh State Parks are joined by The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway.

The trail also links three New Hampshire State Forests: Gile, Kearsarge and Shadow Hill.

It also links Wildlife Management Area: Bog Mountain.
Kingston State Park is approximately 44 acres in size and has picnic areas, a playground, softball field, and three game areas for horseshoes, and volleyball.

If you want to tie the knot in New Hampshire – Kingston State Park is a good place for a wedding reception or business party.

Kingston State Park is close to Canobie Lake Park, and The Fox Run Mall.

The Flume Gorge is a natural gorge at the base of Mount Liberty in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire.

The Flume Brook, features walls of Conway granite that rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet.

Nearly 200 million years ago the Conway Granite that forms the walls of the Flume was – buried molten rock.

Sometime after the fractures were formed, small dikes of basalt were forced up along the fractures.

Making it the mysterious beautiful place that it is today.

When we see a map of the United States the first thing you notice is that Northern Peak and Florida.


New Hampshire is more than just a beautiful sight it’s a place with a wonderful history and a place with an important ecological contribution to the planet.

Definitely a place worth visiting. If you want to ski – visit it in the winter – but if you want to see the granite and ecological contributions to the planet – go in the summer and enjoy some of natures’ most fascinating secrets.

I was just thinking – if you are there in the spring or fall you can probably catch it all and catch enjoy the beauty of the woods and parks during the changing of the seasons.

Their leafs are famous for their array and burst of colors.

Let me know what you decided, have a safe trip, Let me know how your trip went.

Enjoy….