JoDo Chasing Rainbows

Vicksburg, MS

We decided to spend the day as tourists.  We visited the Vicksburg National Military Park.  This is a hilly place.  While the trees and underbrush has grown, the hills are the same.  Moving all that artillery piece by piece into place; thinking about the men who had to carry gun powder and cannon balls up the hill to fire those cannons.  The infantry who were installed under the cannon lines.  American history bathed in blood.  Makes me wonder if we will ever find a way to work together for all our good.

Pictures are from: National Military Park, Jo and Do in front of Yazoo River, Bethel AME – the first AME church in Mississippi organized in 1875.  Campbell College, the first African American college in Mississippi established without the help of whites, operated out of the building behind Bethel.  This college was moved to Jackson, MS and eventually absorbed by Jackson State University.

Kisatchie National Forest

This is the most peaceful place.  Plenty of wildlife.  Shaded campsites. Considerate campers.  This is a magical place that everyone should visit.  Most of the sites are fairly level.  We don’t have automatic levers which would have made more sites available to us if we did.  Loop B has more spaces than loop A.  The only small disappointment is that the cloud cover did not dissipate so that I could see stars.  I woke about about 3 am in the morning to check again but the clouds were still in place.  I did have a moment with a deer though.  I was looking up at the sky as a deer came out of the woods. I watched it and it watched me.  It calmly walked through our camp site and moved slowly back into the woods.  I hope we get to visit this place again.

 

We are Texans

We moved to Livingston, Texas. We now are residents of Polk County. Polk County happens to be the poorest county in Texas. Edonna and I have already decided that when we are there we will be do our best to improve our new community.

Home base the Rainbows End RV Park. This also happens to be the headquarters for the Escapees RV club. We decided to join for the mail forwarding services as well as discounts on RV parks. This is a neat community. We happened to be there to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club. We saw the time capsule opened at this event. This park caters to the older set. I think we were part of a small group of 5 who were under the age of 60. Luckily, Edonna and I can hang with anyone. We were warmly greeted by all that we met.

We were there for the business of becoming Texans. They make the process relatively easy. Once you have your Texas address in hand (provided by Escapees for our mail forwarding), you first get your vehicles inspected. This was a painless and not very expensive process. It took 15 minutes and $14 later we were off to the Tax Office to register our vehicles. I was in a line of 2 people so this was also a quick process. I can tell you that these two issues would have taken all day in DeKalb County in Georgia.

We hit our first roadblock at the driver’s license office. The line was out the door. After waiting 2 hours we were told that they addresses on both registrations did not match so we were not granted a driver’s license. We went back to the Tax Office and got that fixed. By then is was after 4 pm. The driver’s license place closed at 5 pm so we decided to call it a day. We went back the next day and only had to wait 30 minutes. We now have our driver’s license. It is just a piece of paper with your picture on it. The real license will come in the mail within 30 days. Compared to the process I had to follow when I moved to Georgia this was easy.

We also decided to get our RV weighed while we were in Texas. Our RV club offers this service at a very low price. The best thing is they weigh you by your axle. It is very important that you are not overweight by axle so that you don’t have issues with sway or worse, tire blowouts. I am happy to say that my obsessive, compulsive repacking of our rig had a benefit. Our front axles are under weight and have the same amount of weight on each axle. The rear axles are also under weight and the weight distribution is off by 150 pounds. Chris stated that she has never seen such good weight distribution in new RVers who full-time. She was completely impressed. We are ready for the next leg our our trip. We have a few more days in Texas to rest before we make our trip north.

Camping at Fort Polk

This is our first quintessential camping experience. The RV Park at Fort Polk is very small on a first come, first serve basis. There is a total of 14 RV spaces. We were so lucky to get in on a holiday weekend. We were greeted shady, concrete pads. All sites have view of the lake. I am so glad that we got here right after 1 pm so that we can enjoy the afternoon at this fun spot.

We decided to head to the Commissary after we set up. Fort Polk is a HUGE Army base. It took us one hour to find it. We kept getting turned around with poor directions. We finally ended up at the old Commissary building, confused. The new Commissary building is about ¼ mile down the road. I turned into a little kid. I kept asking are we there yet. I then stated that if I knew this would have taken so long to find that I would have brought a drink and a snack. I started to worry that we would never find the RV park again.

Once we filled up with groceries we started back. Of course, we got turned around. I knew the general direction but got turned around near the pistol and rifle ranges. So glad that WAZE works so well on base. It got us back to your beautiful site. A storm moved through to cool it down. We got to enjoy a nice evening outside.

We ate tomato sandwiches for dinner. Yes, tomato sandwiches. We passed so many farms and farm stands that we both started to wax eloquently about the best summer sandwich. Fresh tomatoes, mayonnaise on beautiful piece of bread. Yeah, there is nothing better.

After dinner we went for a short walk. We were told there are not gators in the lake but there are warning signs along the river stating to be aware of gators and snakes. The hiking path got really narrow and was surrounded by tall grass. We decided to turn around and keep to the path that was farther away from the lake with less tall grass.

Tomorrow we will reach our destination.