Sunrise, from Hotel Parking Lots

Some people stay at a hotel until it is time to check out.  Me I wake up and get going.  One of benefit is I get to see a lot of sunrises.  Here are the pictures I took from the hotel parking lot.  I saw a bunch more sunrises.  No pictures because I was driving.



Things You Find on the Side of the Road

This summer I traveled through most, if not all, of the States in the center of the country.  During these travels I found some interesting places.  First there was the Beef Jerky Outlet, my travel companion was in heaven.   Second interesting stop was Pickle Gap, AK.  If you need a Belly Button Lint Brush, they have it.

The third stop was a fruit stand on the side of US 49, somewhere in Mississippi.


The coffee cups do not belong to me.


A fake flying duck, is what everyone needs.






Alas, I could not purchase anything because my car was full of stuff.

While is Mississippi, I did stop by the beach.  It was cloudy, dreary day.  I did find sand and a few grains are probably in the car.



Historic Natchez Cemetery

Most of the homes around Natchez, MS, last tour is a 4:30 p.m.  So, what do you do after you walk around downtown and view the Mississippi River?  Yes, you go to the cemetery.

The Historic Natchez Cemetery was established in 1822 high on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.

I do not have any known relative or friend buried here. But, there is a lot of history on these grounds.






Rosalie Plantation

What do I remember about Rosalie? It is located in Natchez and overlooks the Mississippi River. The walk around Rosalie was beautiful; tree lined paths and flowering plants.  The original owners built it on the property that once held Fort Rosalie and decided to keep the name.

I remember most the gardener putting down mulch and playing with the sundial.  The gardens were beautiful.







Natchez, Mississippi

I have driven through Natchez, Mississippi many times while heading to North Louisiana.  Mostly, stopping at the McDonalds for a quick break.  I always loved the tree lined view on John R. Junkin drive, and wanted to see more of the city.

Natchez, is located on the East side of the Mississippi River.  Vidalia, Louisiana is directly across the river on the west side.


Selecting pictures to add in the blog post was difficult, because Natchez is a beautiful city with a lot of history.



I could have spent the entire day, looking over the Mississippi River.  If you never have seen the Mississippi River in the Southern States, it is an amazing site.



This is a newer building overlooking the Mississippi.  I share it because the famous restaurant, Cock of the Walk, was located.


Even their Court House is a vision.


In other blog posts, I will cover some of the places I visited while staying in Natchez, MS.

Praise in the Park (2015)


George County, MS population is around 23,000.  Lucedale, MS population is approximately 3,000.  Residence of Lucedale, MS, for twelve years, have been putting on the event Praise in the Park.  This year I attended this event.

The festivities started at 11 a.m.  However, the gates to the park did not open until 3 p.m.  Outside the park, along the city’s street were vendor’s booths.  Over half of the booths were selling food, with the other booths selling a variety of merchandise.  What is unique about these vendors booths were most of them are church groups raising money for their youth programs.  One youth group came from Livingston, Louisiana to sell Jambalaya.

Rocky Creek Baptist Church from Lucedale, sold Chick-fil-a sandwiches and housed the group from Livingston.


People started lining up before 11 a.m. to enter the park.  It was a beautiful day to sit outside or walk around the City of Lucedale.  Just a little note, if you want a Blooming Onion, get it early or else be prepare to stand in line with a hundred people.


When the gates opened, the crowd that waited so patiently, entered the park orderly; with no pushing, no screaming, and no running, and found them a place to sit in the park.  Since it is a park, you saw kids playing on the playground and throwing footballs.


Musical groups One Step Closer, John Gees, and Carrollton were first to take the stage.  As the sun began to set, Lauren Daigle took the stage.



The headlining group for this year’s Praise in the Park was Casting Crowns.  They performed some of their most popular songs and shared with the crowd that each of their songs has a story behind it.



The best quote of the day was: “Adults are just teenagers with bills.”  Mark Hall, Casting Crowns.

It is amazing what happens when 1,000s of believers get together.

Homecoming – 2015

I haven’t been to a Homecoming since I was in High School. They do things differently in a small southern town. Yes, Homecoming is still a big deal! And, like most schools a week long event, at least.

To start the Homecoming festivities, I attended the pep rally, but only to support the little clarinet player shown in the bottom right. Yes, every picture I have seen her playing in, she is standing in that exact position.



About half a dozen of the Cheerleaders were in the Homecoming court. Even though the cheerleaders was not very impressive during the pep rally, they stood out during the game. They cheered constantly with big smiles on their faces. I am disappointed I did not get a picture of them during the game.


It surprised me, during the pep rally, that all the girls is the court were not wearing a dress. But, things change over time. When I was in High School, the Homecoming Court was just a popularity contest. But, ever single girl on this court earn their spot. They had a long list of accomplishments including serving in clubs and doing charity work. The court include a girl with down syndrome, but she also earn her spot by being a member of the dance team and serving in several clubs.


I didn’t take any pictures of the football game. I was there to support the band. Who did a awesome job at half time.