National Parks, Truck & Trailer

Vicksburg, Mississippi

December 14, 2016 - by Steffanie

Our trip to Vicksburg didn’t start out too well when we blew a trailer tire about 45 minutes after leaving Hot Springs, Arkansas. The tire was destroyed and damage was done to the plastic wheel well trim piece as well as the metal trim on the bottom of the trailer.

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We didn’t have the right tool to take off the lug nuts, so we had to call roadside assistance. After an hour or so, they came to our rescue, the spare was on, and we were ready to be on our way. We got the cat settled back in his carrier and tried to start the truck – with no luck. It wouldn’t start! We had to call roadside assistance AGAIN! The same people came back out, gave us a jump, and we were finally on our way!

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Once we finally made it to Vicksburg, we were only there a week. It seemed longer though because we had some time off work for Thanksgiving. This was our first Thanksgiving away from family, but we made the most of it. In the afternoon, we went to see the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals which told the history of Vicksburg.

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Then, we drove the Mississippi Visitor’s Center where there is a nice little lookout point over the river. We were also able to Facetime with my family which was nice since I really hated missing out on Thanksgiving dinner at my Grandpa’s house.

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Mike made us a delicious Thanksgiving meal that night. We didn’t skimp on the meal just because it was only the two of us. We had orange and herb roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and sweet potato pie. Man, I’m lucky I married a man who can cook!

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That Saturday, we visited the main attraction in Vicksburg – Vicksburg National Military Park. The RV Park where we were staying had an audio tour of the park on CD that they loaned us. We played the CD as we drove the 16-mile loop. It told us about the history and prompted us to get out of the car and visit certain sites.

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One of our favorite sites was the U.S.S. Cairo, a civil war gunboat that was sunk during the war on December 12, 1862. It was pulled from the bottom of the Mississippi River exactly 102 years later on December 12, 1964. We also enjoyed seeing the Illinois Memorial and the National Cemetery, among other things. 

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While we were in the area, we also took a drive over to Jackson, Mississippi, which is only about 45 minutes from Vicksburg. We were largely unimpressed with the city, but we did find Cathead Distillery, which was a really cool spot. We took their tour and got do a tasting of their vodka and gin at the end. We stuck around afterwards for a few drinks. Because of some weird Mississippi law, they can’t sell their own liquor at the distillery so we drank some local beer instead.

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They also had yard games like giant jenga, giant connect four, bags (or cornhole), and this thing called carpet ball that was like a shuffle board with pool balls on it. We stayed for a while before going home for dinner.

Besides the rocky trip getting there, the Vicksburg area was an enjoyable stop on our trip.


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