Vicksburg, Mississippi – Day 1

Note: Mary flew from Baton Rouge Airport, Louisiana on March 12 to her home in California. I’m hoping to get her back with me by mid-April. My current plans are to drift SLOWLY north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England for the Summer. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there! The Mississippi River is rich in history…I expect it to be an interesting passage. I’m now expecting to arrive in Memphis around April 14th.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 35 miles from Grand Gulf to Vicksburg, Mississippi. I’m now parked at the back of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1581 with a 30 amp electrical hookup. I expect to be her for a few days.

I spent about three days here in Vicksburg back in 2007, but missed some things which I’ll make up for during this visit.

Here are some of the photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…


The view from the dinette window…


Where I also have a peek-a-boo view of a small lake…


After arrival I decided some research time was appropriate. All these places I visit do not happen by accident. So, I spent some time researching what to stop and see here in Vicksburg, what I’ll see between Vicksburg and Memphis, Tennessee and beyond…

While working I got an Email about this video I made a couple of days ago about Arthur Davis, who calls himself the Fried Chicken Cooking King. In this short video he talks about his business and he sings a song about his Grandma…the Corn Bread Cooking Queen…

(click link)…

with this message…

Vicksburg Daily News 17 hours ago

Jim, You truly did capture Mr. D at his best! He’s a legend around these parts! There are quite a few characters around my hometown of Vicksburg, but none are quite like Mr. D!

Chris Whittington

Seeing the Chris Whittington was from the Vicksburg Daily News, I called him to thank him for his comment. We chatted for a few minutes, then invited me to join him for a beer. I said yes and an hour later he picked me up and took me to his (own words) home away from home. The Klondyke Trading Post. You can read about this place by clicking this link…


It’s a combination of restaurant, convenience store and bar…




In the above photo, my new friend Chris Whittington is on the left. He is both a friendly and inspirational kind of guy. Now 40 years old, he lost his left leg last October to diabetes. Talk about lousy luck! Nonetheless he maintains an upbeat personality. Born in Natchez, being in a military family he has lived in four countries and 16 states. He has lived in Vicksburg since 1997.

He the owner of the Vicksburg Daily News, a free daily newspaper supported by advertisers. He is also a commercial videographer making business video commercials and a DJ in a local nightclub. Having only one leg doesn’t slow this guy down.

Mary would have loved this place because they sell about 80 different kinds of beer…She loves the craft beers…you know…the beer that resembles 30 weight motor oil.  🙂


Here’s their top priced beer at $20 a bottle. The brand is Rouge Imperial Pilsner brewed in Newport, Oregon…



After Chris had his Dr. Pepper and I had my Miller Lite, he drove me around telling me of places I might want to see and people I might want to meet while in Vicksburg. He also showed me some of the effects of the 2011 flood when the Mississippi River was 37 feet above flood level.

I enjoyed meeting Chris and some of his friends and expect I’ll be seeing him once again soon.

Enjoying historic places and meeting interesting people is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Mississippi. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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