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Natchez, Mississippi – Day 2

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.

Yesterday, still a little tired from the previous day’s long hot and humid drive, I decided to have a shortened day out and about. First stop was at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center to pickup brochures and maps, both local and for my upcoming drive through western Mississippi to Memphis Tennessee.

It’s one of the largest visitors centers to which I’ve ever been. Including a 20 minute video entitled The Natchez Story, the center is a mini-museum itself, I was there for 1.5 hours.

To read about Natchez, click this link…,_Mississippi

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…















I thought this made for an interesting photo when you read the upper right sign. Hmmmm…


Next stop was Bluff Park where, in the past, the wealthy built their homes for the scenic views across the Mississippi River of Vidalia, Louisiana, refreshing breezes and beautiful sunsets…




Then down to an area called Natchez under the hill. The river waterfront was the rougher, seedier part of town where the poorer folks located. Today, of course, its been cleaned up…

An endangered species????…


The Mississippi River looking north…


Looking south…the riverboat is a casino and hotel…




Looking back up the hill…


The Under the Hill Saloon has been there since 1832. If only it could talk…the stories it could tell! Here’s their website link…














Enjoying historic places 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


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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico – Day 1

Mary remains at home in California tending to medical issues.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 50 miles from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The motorhome is now parked at the Sandia Casino about 10 miles north of Albuquerque. I usually do not park at casinos, but I’ve met up with some friends who are here.

I was in Albuquerque for about three weeks earlier this past spring. There are somethings that can only be found in Albuquerque in New Mexico such as a Costco, a Workhorse Chassis Dealer for the motorhome and the only good used book store in the state. I expect to be in the area for a few days.

There are better than 100 RV’s parked here because of the annual balloon fiesta. Here are some views from the parking lot…

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 always like to show the view from the dinette window. My friend Randy’s trailer is on the left and his friend Laurie’s is on the right…

Stepping outside on the passenger side you can see the casino in the background…

A 180 degree panorama of that side…

A view to the rear shows the Sandia Mountains in the background…

The balloon fiesta headquarters are a few miles south of the casino and since the fiesta ends today, they had some fireworks last night to celebrate the ending. My camera has a fireworks setting but I’m still so new to my camera I couldn’t remember how to find it, so I shot the following photos in the night setting. In addition you should really use a tripod for fireworks but I was too lazy to get it out. These photos are hand-held. This is the first time I’ve shot fireworks with my new camera…

Enjoying good friends and fireworks is another joy of a full-time RVer!

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Bellagio Hotel And Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Jim says:

Yesterday afternoon Mary and I spent two hours wandering around the Bellagio Hotel and Casino at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo. It’s one of the largest and most elegant of all the buildings in Las Vegas.

Here are some photos I took while there…


Here’s the official Bellagio website link…

Here’s a Wikipedia link that will tell you all about Bellagio…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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A casino and the story of kidnapped Africans-extreme differences mark these two places, except to say American Indians were treated almost as poorly as African Americans. We intended to visit the largest casino in the world, the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Casino and Museum. Recommended to us as an excellent Museum, we arrived to find it closed. The casino was not.
In fact, the Amistad Exhibit at the old Custom House Maritime Museum on Bank St. in New London, was also closed. Except for the munificence of Director Susan Tamulevich…but I’m ahead of myself.

Last year, I dared to take a picture of  Jim’s friends at lunch in an Indian Casino at Yellem, Washington, where his friend was a member of the tribe. They stopped me at the door and checked my digital photo and “let me go.”  Here, no one seemed to care about the photos, though I kept to the areas away from gambling.

An MGM Grand Tower connects to the Foxwood Casino, a partnership of some sort with shared parking. Gambling doesn’t appeal to me, but the theaters, shows and restaurants…there is always something to enjoy. From a casino, I’ve come to expect glitz, the sound and excitement of machines signaling a jackpot.  At the very least I expected an Indian motif  showing the great heritage of a proud people. I was disappointed those elements were missing. Hard rock sculptures with Indian themes were sprinkled about the place. The one above was my favorite. Most of them didn’t appeal to me. Foxwood had a hard edge to it, such as these clever, but hard plastic “lounge” chairs.

In fact, my favorite thing about the casino was its beautiful abstract carpeting. The Italian gelato was delicious. We didn’t stay very long.

We quickly moved on to the Custom House Maritime Museum to see the Amistad Exhibit.

Susan Tamulevich is so endearingly proud of this exhibit. When she told us it was displayed for the United Nations she got emotional and almost shed a tear. The unfolding of this historical event is fittingly written on humble canvases about the room. The importance of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, ruling that Africans kidnapped from their village, who chose to defend themselves by killing their “enemies” and taking control of the Amistad, when unlawfully detained by the Spaniards, were freed and returned to Africa; and  given that this ship was brought to the shores of the United States, a country where slavery was legal, is truly a testament to the tenent that justice is blind. Or, maybe it is more complex than that?

Here are some excerpts of  newspapers of the day that aroused public sentiment against letting them go free and for letting them go free.

The incident happened at such a time in American History that people were conflicted about slavery; a time when abolitionists were actively proselytizing against bondage; a time when good Christians were bravely speaking out against inhumanity to their fellow man. Many objectors were women.

It became the talk of the states. No one was exempt from hearing about the “savages” in the New London Jail.

The Spaniards kidnapped forty-nine men and four children from their village in Sierra Leone, headed for the sugar plantations of Cuba. This group fought back under the leadership of Cinque, who organized his companions to overtake the crew while they were still in shackles. Aware that they did not know how to sail the ship, they kept two of the Captains alive and ordered them to return to Africa. During the day, while the Africans watched,  they sailed for Africa.  During the night, the Spaniards reversed positions and thus they zigzagged into the area where the American Ship, George Washington spotted them and hauled the errant ship into New London.

A drawing of their leader Cinque. Drawings were done of all of the captured men. Two died in the revolt; nine died on the voyage before the revolt; six died in jail at New London. One drowned, a possible suicide.
Drawings were made of the men held in New London. It no doubt helped to personalize them. In fact, there were many slave revolts on board ships. Revolts almost never succeeded, but even so, the slavers kept the revolts secret, hushed them up, so as not to encourage more.

An expression of jubilation at having been released from prison. Interestingly, from the Custom House window, you can look upon the very spot the Amistad was brought to dock and unloaded.
This story is simply and directly wrought. The Supreme Court decision made with one dissenting vote, had repercussions throughout the country as people became more and more uncomfortable with enslaving others to do their labor in a “free” country. It affected thought and helped strengthen the anti-slavery sentiment that preceded the Civil War.
Please go to this excellent exhibit if you are in the area of New London.

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The World’s Largest Casino

Jim says:

Yesterday Mary and I drove the Bronco about 20 miles from my son’s home in Ivoryton, Connecticut to the Foxwoods Casino…the reputedly largest Casino in the world located in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

I got this photo from the official Foxwoods website.

According to their website there are 4,700,000 square feet, over 6,200 slot machines and 380 table games.

In one of the lobbies.
In one of the men’s rooms.

Here’s the official Foxwoods website link…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Foxwoods…

To see the other 24 photos I took, click this link…

I was left with two basic impressions…
* The location seemed an unlikely place for the world’s largest casino, and
* while big, it’s not as “glitzy” as the casinos found in Las Vegas.

The casino is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe. We had intended to visit the tribal museum but found it to be closed on a Monday. Some other day.

Since our visit was for the purpose of just looking around, we left none of our money there. So we walked out of the place as winners!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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