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Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco Skyline as seen from the Marin Headlands - California

Monday, October 28, 2013

Evans Escapades in Four States

We were rolling out of Atlanta by 8AM
which is awful, awful  early for us,
with an overnight stop planned in Montgomery for. . .you guessed it!
Alabama State House - David - Janice
The Alabama State House. . .very nice
River View RV Park with a view of the Mississippi River just beyond the levee - Vidalia LA
and then on to the River View RV Park in Vidalia. . .
River View RV Park with a view of the Mississippi River just beyond the levee - Vidalia LA
right across the Mississippi River from Natchez. .
.Natchez MS
but. . .it seems as though we’ve entered the rain belt. . .
now truly. . .that is not a complaint, because after the drought of the past few years,
this entire area can really, really use some rain. . .
but it does sort of put a “damper” on sightseeing. . .if ya know what I mean?
City Cemetary -  Natchez MS    City Cemetary -  Natchez MS
a driving tour won’t be so bad. . .you know you’ve truly arrived in the South
when the spanish moss is dripping from all the oak trees. . .so beautiful. . .
Mississippi River - Natchez MS
a view of the Mississippi River from Bluff Park
American Queen Paddle Wheeler that offers cruises on the Mississppi River from New Orleans LA to Natchez MS to St Louis MO and the Isle a Capri Casino permanently docked behind it
the American Queen Paddle Wheeler was in port on her way from New Orleans to St Louis. . .
the Isle of Capri Casino is in the background. . .
Under the Hill - Natchez MS
back in the day, when I used to read 4” thick novels about southern plantation days,
I remember reading stories and descriptions about the sordid, Under the Hill area of Natchez. . .
no self respecting citizen would ever be found down there. . .
Under the Hill - Natchez MS
it seems pretty innocuous these days. . .not much there at all.
Fire destroyed several of the original buildings, and I believe
I read they have been trying to revive the area with tourist shops. . .
didn’t seem to me to be much going on. . .but then again,
we have arrived when tourist season is winding down. . .
Natchez Trace begins - Natchez MS   Beginning of the Natchez Trace Parkway - Natchez MS
The Natchez Trace Parkway begins in Natchez. . .so I wanted to see that.
Our intention in 2011 had been to start at the beginning of The Trace,
and explore most of it. . .due to the severe flooding of the river that spring,
we rerouted our trip. . .so when we return for the Annual Spring Pilgrimage
of the Natchez Mansions. . . perhaps we can  explore more of The Trace then. . .
Eola Hotel - Natchez MS
a lady at the Visitor Center highly recommended the lunch buffet at the Historic Eola Hotel. . .
and boy was she right on the money. . .delicious. . .the best cornbread dressing I have ever had. . .it had shrimp in it. . .delicious. . .
and all the southern eats to go along with it. . .including Sweet Tea. . .life is good!

Friday, Nov 1

on to the next destination. . .we’ve made it through Georgia, Alabama, and into Louisiana
in less than a week’s time. . .coming up today. . .TEXAS! 
Abdo, Karen Moore
close enough to see some of the kinfolk. . .Uncle John and cousins
Karen, Lynn, and Justin with their grandaughter Cara. . .
Abdo, Karen Moore   Abdo, Karen Moore
thanks for driving over from Shreveport for a visit. . .loved getting our hugs!
it surely was great that Justin had a basketball game scheduled in Longview,

Saturday, Nov 2
Our longtime friends, the Clarks, have built a new house in Longview. . .
so of course we needed to see that. . .I was so excited to see them
and to visit, that I forgot to take a single picture. . .just crazy. . .

Sunday, Nov 3
Tamara Boatman
Sunday gave us the opportunity to see on of our “adopted” girls. . .
Tamara and a couple of other girls stayed with us during their
Bible College summer break way back in the day. . .goodness. . .
since we’ve seen her last, she’s become Mommy to four precious angels. . .
so wonderful to have lunch with her and Michael, and the rest of the family!

Monday, Nov 4
Monday and Tuesday brings us to Granbury
Dave and his Aunt Barbara - lunch date in Granbury TX
to see our precious Aunt Barbara. . .
she belongs to Dave really, but I claim her as my very own. . .
She came over to see our “castle” and have chicken tortilla soup. . .
what a wonderful afternoon. . .

We’ll see her again today before we head out in the morning for Austin. . .

Mr Jaden (our newest great nephew) was scheduled to put in an appearance
on Nov 4th. . .but he’s decided to take his time. . .so perhaps today, Nov 5th. . .

We were planning to see him at home. . .but if he keeps up this
lollygaggin’ around, we may visit him in the hospital on Thursday. . .
either way, it will be great to get our hands on him. . .
and to see his Mommy and Daddy of course. . .
and Grandpa, and Grandma, and the other Grandma. . .
and all Jaden’s aunts and uncles
. . .see. . .
family reunion. . .one way or the other.

See you in Austin. . .
Janice and Dave

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