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6 States in 10 minutes?

No, not us…you! Keeping the writing to a minimum, you’ll see where we’ve been during the last six states in about 10 minutes or less. Though if I were a betting man, some of the photos might keep you here a bit longer.

Dreher Island

Million $$$ view at Dreher Island State Park located just west of Columbia SC. Warm fire on a cool night.

Figaro Food Market in one of our favorite towns, Newberry SC

We left Provan Industries with our list of fixes and upgrades finally completed. I’m happy to report that everything seems to be working fine and we even took some time to get some BBQ and Ramen at two of our favorite places in downtown Columbia. And, even bought some of our favorite onion sausage in Newberry! We then headed to Bussey Point in Georgia, a place we camped last year. We had the place to ourselves and a great solo view of the lake! Spotted at least 20 Common Loons here!

Same campsite as we had last year, Bussey Point, GA. I think the photo answers the question, "Why did you go back there?"

Not wanting to deal with wet and possibly icy conditions at higher elevations, we opted out of exploring the Smokies of Tennesee for now and headed in a more southerly direction. Which was a blessing since I was able to re-connect with two friends in LaGrange, GA that I had not seen for more than 40 years. Okay, that’s a lie, I did see Jill at a reunion about 5 years ago, but I haven’t seen Jimmy since the ’70s! It was a wonderful experience to re-connect, meet their families and we had a ball! We will definitely be seeing more of them in the future. Wait, where's Helen?

Visiting friends in Georgia. Renewing friendships after 40 years!

We then headed west into Alabama and camped overnight in Payne Lake Campground, in the Talladega National Forest. A quick overnight there, then off the next morning to Marathon Lake In Mississippi where we held up for two days. A quiet and relaxing campground, but the bathrooms were nothing to write home about. I tried some fishing there but I think the cooler weather and the lack of live bait made for fair fishing, just not good catching.

Talladega National Forest, AL

Afternoon view from our campsite in the Talladega National Forest, AL.

Now here we go heading west to link up with the Natchez Trace Parkway, then head southerly to Natchez Lake State Park in Natchez Mississippi. Natchez turns out to be extremely historic and we are definitely putting this area and the parkway on our “Re-Visit” list. Arriving at the state park somewhat early, we dropped the trailer and headed into the town of Natchez to have lunch and watch the boat traffic on the mighty Mississippi River. If you love American history, this place has it covered!

Rosalie Mansion, Hatchez MS

A quick walk after lunch revealed this fine piece of history. Rosalie Mansion, Natchez MS

Natchez, Mississippi

Just love the lines in this home...not the power lines though. Natchez, MS

Rosalie has some great history, click HERE to read about how she came to be.

Natchez MS, Mississippi River

The "America" tied up in the Mississippi in Natchez MS. Our view during lunch.

America, Natchez MS, Mississippi River

"America" with America Cruise Lines tied up on the waterfront of Natchez MS

Our Food sampling along the way...

Shrimp Gumbo, Shrimp Etoufee! Magnolia Grill

Shrimp Gumbo and Shrimp Étouffée via the Magnolia Grill!

Fisherman's Platter of Oysters, Shrimp & Catfish with a bit of Étouffée

Catfish, Jumbo Shrimp and Oysters along with a bit of Étouffée. Magnolia Grill, Natchez,MS

Oyster Po-Boy at the Crazy Cajun Alexandria, LA

Oyster Po-Boy at the Crazy Cajun (see menu here) in Alexandria, LA Yvette had an equally delicious Grilled Shrimp Po-Boy. Voo-Do sauce was a slightly sweet hot chili sauce and it worked very well, "I Garr-enn-tee!"

Mississippi as viewed from the waterfront in Natchez MS

Pano of the Great Mississippi. This are would have been where most of the steamboats tied to offload in Natchez

And finally, we arrived in Livingston Texas, home of Livingston Lake State Park among other things. It will make a great layup point for our final stop before our house-sit, Beusher State Park in Smithville Texas!

Sunset on Lake Livingston, TX. This was our view from our campsite, site #67 from Lake Livingston State Park. Lake is about 5000acres. We have seen loons, eagles, herons just to name a few.

Some other NEWS. Escapee’s magazine has accepted another one of my articles! WooHoo!

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