May 29, 2018
Watching the news/weather it seems Alberto is now considered a Depression. More than one person suggested we would be fine carrying on eastward but we decided not to. Early this morning there were power outages in Alabama, our next state, and a flash flood warning in effect in parts of the state until 11am. We didn't HAVE to move on so we didn't; besides Denis really wanted to seek out an oil change for Harvey today, being over 6,000 km now.
Armed with a bit of information about things to see in Meridian we headed out around 10am. We toured a bit of downtown, walking a bit of it then set our aim on seeing Merrehope ("one of Meridian's only remain Antebellum homes" according to the internet - another site suggested it was because Sherman had resided there) and another historic home next to it (which I later learned was the "Victorian F.W. Williams Home, circa 1886"). Both elegant and suggesting an amount of wealth. Both our open for tours but since this is not usually Denis' cup of tea and in this heat and humidity it might not be very comfortable I didn't do it either.
We carried on in search of the Dentzel Carousel. The downtown core had a number of carousel horses around all beautifully painted. We finally came up a brown sign indicating the carousel which we found in Highland Park, an historic park which opened in 1909. The park has the carousel which is now enclosed in a building. It, too, opened in 1909. TheJimmie Rodgers Museum is in the park as well. All these historic landmarks are in a part of Meridian you wouldn't just come across if you weren't seeking them out. Out of the downtown core and on narrow streets. Quite interesting, though.
At one point, Denis turned right on a red light after coming to a full stop and, almost immediately, a siren is heard right behind us. He is certain the authorities are coming after him but the patrol car zips by and turns into a parking lot where another patrol car is parked questioning a black man. Another siren coming from the other direction attends as well. Later when Denis sees a group of state patrol officers outside of Olive Garden (our lunch option) he questions if turning right on a red is acceptable here in Mississippi, just in case. It is.
A pleasant visit to Meridian, an oil change for Harvey, and a lovely lunch at Olive Garden before heading back to the same RV park to partake in the good wifi and some mindless tv alternating with weather updates. A great day.
I was about to publish this when I felt the need to mention something about the wonderful southern accent and polite, respectful nature of all the folks we have encountered while in Mississippi. I have touched on it some in an earlier post I believe but it is so wonderful. This afternoon as I stood in line in the office to pay for another night the children of the owner/office person came in and came over to hug me saying "I'm a hugger." She was 9.... I was a tad surprised but pleasantly surprised. Yes, ma'am.... no ma'am.... so proper and not only from the older generation. I like Mississippi.