Where my Mississippi Bicentennial Road Trip didn’t take me

Back in May I announced my plans for a Mississippi Bicentennial Road Trip and invited readers to tell me where to go.

They showed remarkable restraint. No one gave the obvious retort. But they did nominate many more possibilities than I could accommodate in my allotted 10 days.

You can find out where I went by (shameless plug here) reading the December issue of Oxford Magazine.

Meanwhile, I will tell you that though recommended I did not visit Rodney, Taylor, Holly Springs, Hattiesburg, Greenwood, Corinth, Vancleave, Mammy’s Cupboard in Natchez, the Grammy Music Museum in Cleveland, or the Onward Store in Belzoni.

Or Cherry Creek Orchards in Pontotoc County, the Jim Henson Museum in Leland, “any Chinese grocery in the Delta,” or “Darwell’s in Long Beach for anything with Yum Yum sauce on it!”

My apologies if you were counting on reading my accounts from any of those no-doubt charming places. Lots of others didn’t make the cut for one reason or another, either.

“I would float the Okatoma,” one fellow suggested. “The three- or four- hour float. … Put in at Seminary, wear a life jacket, and bring some alcohol for you but not your skipper. It is breathtaking.”

That sounded wonderful, except for the wet part. I’m assuming a raft or inner tube or some other buoyant contraption is involved, but I myself am not buoyant, do not trust life preservers, and tend to avoid a close association with a potential watery grave.

That’s not why I didn’t go to Horn Island, Ship Island, or any of the other offshore possibilities. I trust boats pretty well. There just wasn’t time.

I also got a delightful invitation to the 48th annual Watermelon Carnival in Water Valley, “‘a Don’t Miss It, or You’ll Regret It’ combination of continuous music, arts & craft booths, car show, and FREE trolley rides to downtown shops and galleries.”

Alas, when I inverted the direction of my trip to include a must-see elsewhere, Water Valley fell off the list. Other complications prevented me from sitting on a front porch with a grandma and shelling purplehull or crowder peas, “picking fruit from Aunt Allie’s fig trees on her farm out from Tylertown,” or buying boiled peanuts off a “rattletrap pickup parked off Highway 49 below Hattiesburg.”

A Southern heresy: I don’t like boiled peanuts.

Some of the things that didn’t quite make the list are things that I’ve happily done before. Dinner at Crechale’s in Jackson, for instance.

“Lots of character and can’t beat the onion rings!!” one person wrote. True. And I used to be a stuffed-flounder guy.

“I would suggest that you travel the entire Natchez Trace Parkway; most of it is in Mississippi,” said another fellow. “While you travel it, take a look around at the changing scenery, take the side trips on the actual Trace, and do the historical things along the route. Think of people walking from Natchez to Nashville, and what a feat that was.”

As it happened, I was only briefly on the Natchez Trace. But I have done it before, many times, and highly commend it.

Of course, with all the things left undone, another road trip is definitely in order. But probably not in July-August. Meanwhile: Happy birthday, Mississippi!

Joe Rogers worked for The Clarion-Ledger, The Tennessean and The New York Times. He can be reached at or on Twitter @jrogink.

Native Mississippian Joe Rogers worked for The Clarion-Ledger, The Tennessean and The New York Times.
Joe Rogers
Native Mississippian Joe Rogers worked for The Clarion-Ledger, The Tennessean and The New York Times.


  • zvodret iluret

    August 3, 2018

    Really superb visual appeal on this internet site, I’d value it 10 10.

  • cexio customer support

    August 31, 2018

    465542 383546Excellently written article, doubts all bloggers offered the same content because you, the internet is really a greater location. Please keep it up! 216607

  • chicago illinois

    September 3, 2018

    682231 972377When do you feel this Real Estate market will go back in a positive direction? Or is it nonetheless too early to tell? We are seeing plenty of housing foreclosures in Altamonte Springs Florida. What about you? Would love to get your feedback on this. 834737


    September 3, 2018

    688980 32099This was an incredible post. Genuinely loved studying your site post. Your data was really informative and useful. I think you will proceed posting and updating frequently. Seeking forward to your subsequent one. 622401

  • Drug Metabolism Studies

    September 4, 2018

    476587 93409Nowhere on the Internet is there this significantly quality and clear information on this subject. How do I know? I know because Ive searched this topic at length. Thank you. 655360

  • DMPK Studies in Rodents

    September 4, 2018

    103689 123199Hi there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects? Thank you so much! 489518

  • PK Studies team

    September 4, 2018

    849309 194681They call it the self-censor, basically because youre too self-conscious of your writing, too judgmental. 163104

  • 7007 504537Youve truly written a very very good quality write-up here. Thank you very much 807324


    September 8, 2018

    238565 311275 Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to uncover somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this web site is something that is needed on the internet, someone with just a little originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet! 969657

  • furtdsolinopv

    September 9, 2018

    Someone essentially lend a hand to make significantly posts I’d state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and so far? I surprised with the analysis you made to make this particular post amazing. Great job!

  • Vlogger Terbaru

    September 12, 2018

    I will be not guaranteed the spot that you are taking your information and facts, nevertheless wonderful subject matter vlogger terbaru. I actually would need to devote more time to researching a lot more or maybe determining a lot more. Appreciate superb information I was hunting for this data in my objective.


    September 15, 2018

    393231 283274Hi. Thank you for producing this website . I m working on betting online niche and have found this website making use of search on bing . Will be positive to look much more of your content . Gracias , see ya. :S 602882

  • Advertising Agency in Canada

    September 18, 2018

    947657 416651I enjoy what you guys are up too. Such clever function and exposure! Keep up the quite good works guys Ive incorporated you guys to my own blogroll. 509660

  • Free Teen Chat

    September 19, 2018

    685613 408604A weblog like yours ought to be earning significantly money from adsense.~::- 510097

  • Happier Citizens Immigration

    September 21, 2018

    593283 75794very nice put up, i definitely really like this web web site, maintain on it 847917

  • Tyrone Lecocq

    September 21, 2018

    Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.

  • minecraft

    September 22, 2018

    great issues altogether, you simply gained a emblem new reader.
    What may you suggest in regards to your post that you
    just made a few days in the past? Any positive?

Post a Comment