Southaven, Mississippi – Day 1

Note: I’m now in the Memphis, Tennessee area.  Mary has made her flight reservations. She arrives at 5:59 PM tomorrow.


For the past several weeks I’ve been indicating that I was slowly heading towards Memphis. Well, I’m here…kinda sorta…after driving the motorhome the about 50 miles from Lula to Southaven, Mississippi.

The below Google Earth image shows my situation. The airport is marked APT and is about three miles away. Memphis is clearly shown only 10 miles away. I’m currently parked at the very friendly VFW Post #10567…only about 1/4 mile from the Tennessee Border shown by the red line…

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…


I arrived about 11:30 AM yesterday morning and found folks preparing for a state district meeting. Commander Johnny Weber welcomed me and indicated I should park at the back of the building where I could take advantage of an electrical hookup…which makes life a little more comfortable…


and the view from the dinette window…


I spent the better part of the afternoon doing some Internet research on potential visiting stops and routes as we’ll start to head towards New England after departing from here.

The bar opened at 4:00 PM and shortly thereafter…in I  went. I ended up sitting next to the Post Quartermaster Harry Ross and out-going State Commander James Chapman. I got to telling them the story of how I had recently changed my post membership to #4224 in Baker, Louisiana and also becoming a VFW Life Member.

I asked Harry, as Quartermaster, if he happened to have in stock any Life Member vehicle plates. He indicated no…they had to be ordered from the catalog. The next thing I knew Commander James asking the barmaid if she had a screwdriver…which she did. He asked Harry to take his Life Member plate off of his truck and give it to me. Can you believe that? So, outside we went to get the deed accomplished. In the below photo, Harry is on the left and James on the right…


Harry told me of how three out of the last four State Commanders have come out of this post. A most interesting fact!

The front of the post…015

As we went back inside I took this photo…


Members of the Ladies Auxiliary were there as well…having lots of fun…


Here’s a photo of the Life Member plate which is now proudly attached to the front of the motorhome…


Thanks James…the plate will always have special meaning for me!

Today’s planned activities include stopping in at both Tennessee and Memphis Visitors Centers to pickup brochures about places we may want to visit while in this area. Also a long overdue haircut and searching out some used book stores to replenish my dwindling supply of books.

I expect we will be here for about 10 days exploring the Memphis area.

Enjoying friendly VFW Posts is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows the approximate location of Memphis in the State of Tennessee. 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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2 thoughts on “Southaven, Mississippi – Day 1

  1. The story of the Life Member Plate is endearing. Happy for you.

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