Thursday, September 16, 2010
Close to Nowhere
Road trip, continued
The Friday that Dana and I spent traveling the top half of Mississippi was exhausting, but also lots of fun.
The first detour on our way to Jackson was the town of Randolph, with their large Amish community. This was my second visit to the Amish and I have to tell you, the cheese and butter alone are worth the trip! Dana is more interested in all the horse apparatus and etc., but she nearly always comes home with Amish-made butter.
The next detour, to Starkville, drove us through some amazing scenery. Most of the drive was just gorgeous. The rolling hills, pastures surrounded by trees and small communities are so pretty that you have to wonder how in the world anyone can throw their trash out onto our beautiful highways.
After a wonderful visit with the Peeples in Starkville Dana and Mr. Peeples discussed horses at great length. His “great claim to fame” is that he got to pet Secretariat on a visit to Kentucky. How exciting that must have been!
Lynette Peeples and I discussed quilts at great length and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. She had a quilt that I’ve been planning on making -- a crayon quilt! I have a brand-new box of crayons that is killing my youngest granddaughter Remy. She cannot understand why I won’t let her use them; especially as she only has about 500 or so crayons of her own!
Crayon quilts are colored with crayons! I think when I get around to that quilt, I will let Remy help me color it.
After leaving the Peeples’ home, we headed to Jackson. Since it’s only about an inch on my map, I assumed it wasn’t very far. Turns out to be 88 miles!
We stopped for lunch at Lake Tiak-o’khata. Neither of us had been there and we fell in love. Just a gorgeous place and lunch was wonderful! We’re planning to go back for a weekend visit with Mere and Remy.
It’s mostly straight highway from Starkville to Jackson, but it was still beautiful countryside. I again had to remark (actually several times) about litter. That’s one of my “soapbox” subjects and I won’t go there this week!
Our visit in Jackson was actually quite brief. Dana was picking up some books at the state department of geology/ecology about fossils.
She and the girls, along with assorted friends, have become rabid fossil hunters at several places in north Mississippi.
Did you know that at one time, Mississippi was covered by an ocean? I didn’t either, but Dana and girls have been bringing home fossillized shark teeth and other assorted sea creatures.
Mississippi is an amazing, beautiful place. A great place to call home!
Please don’t litter the highways of our home!
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