Day 11, Part 1: Jackson, Mississippi…The End

8 May


{family portrait/ photo by One Part Gypsy}

I awoke at Motel 6 under an orange bedspread, very confused about where I was. This was starting to happen a lot- I never knew where the hell I was when I first woke up!

Too many cities…too many beds.

After getting my bearings, I showered up, we packed the car (at this point we could pack a car in 1 minute flat- we were like machines) and set off to continue on our adventure.

Can I be honest about something? I wasn’t a big fan of Jackson, MS. I think one of my readers said it best in a note she wrote to me yesterday-

“The only thing I liked about Jackson, MS was leaving…”

Hahahaha. This really got a laugh out of me. But, in all seriousness, she’s kinda right. I’m not saying Jackson is horrible. I’m just saying when you are going to amazing cities like Memphis, New Orleans, Charleston and Austin it kinda falls a little flat.

Geez somebody in Jackson now probably hates me…

 Before we left Jackson to head to Memphis (which was probably one of my favorite cities on the trip so get ready for lots and lots of Memphis posts), we drove around downtown Jackson to see a bit more of the city.

My favorite moments from our drive-

{The trees at the The Fairview}

{this celebrate Jesus sign…it just screams party doesn’t it?}

{Rachel with the Andrew Jackson statue in front of The Jackson City Hall}

{Brent’s Drugs- It has been there since 1946 and was also a location used in the movie “The Help”}

{The blue skies with flags in front of The Jackson Courthouse}

{me in front of The State Capital}

Afterwards we stopped at Julep for one last Mississippi meal. This was the meal I fell in love with southern biscuits and fried green tomatoes. In my everyday life (when I am not touring America with my best girlfriend), I don’t eat biscuits and now I know why! They are too buttery and too delicious to have on one’s list of appropriate things to eat everyday! I do realize that my introduction to them were in the south and they may never be this good ever again.

{photo by One Part Gypsy}….

Day 11, Part 2 : Arriving in Tennessee up next!!


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16 Responses to “Day 11, Part 1: Jackson, Mississippi…The End”

  1. sarah May 8, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I totally understand the waking up confused comment! I’ve had the same problem during our road trips. So much of our day to day lives are the same that I think my brain has a hard time keeping up with so much newness every 24 hours!
    Also, isn’t is SO incredibly gratifying when you realize you can pack the car in 1/10th of the time it took the first day of a trip?!! I love that feeling 🙂

    Great posts & pictures so far. I can’t believe you’re back already. It makes me worry that my own 3 weeks on the road are going to fly by as well…

    • katemcclafferty May 8, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Sarah, it goes way to fast!!!! I still can’t believe it’s over either. But at least I have your road trip to look forward to!! 🙂

  2. paywindow7 May 8, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I’m sure your planned visits are already scheduled but if not and if you go as far as the Geargia coast, I suggest Brunswick, Ga. A small town but they have some beautiful offshore islands. St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island. I called them offshore but they are connected to the mainland so you can drive there. Beautiful beaches but heads up for undercurrents sometimes.

    • katemcclafferty May 8, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Oh my does that sound gorgeous!!!! Sadly, it will have to be on another trip. Thank you so much for sharing your favorite spot with me!

  3. i mayfly May 8, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Some places are just like that – you need to dig at little (some places a lot), know people and have luck on your side in order to find the sweet spot. That, or have really low expectations…. 😉

    • katemcclafferty May 8, 2012 at 9:38 am #

      So true! I’m sure if I had more time in Jackson I could have found my thing:)

  4. free penny press May 8, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Oh I am confused (much like you upon wake-up),Ha!.. so the trip is over and these are posts from the trip? I came late to the party so don’t think I’m Miss Dizzy..anywho, can’t wait to read about Memphis.. have never been but here lots of great thing..

    • katemcclafferty May 8, 2012 at 10:10 am #

      Yes we got home a few days ago! So the blog is a few days behind:) Memphis was amazing!

  5. Richard McCargar May 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Wow, that brings back memories. In my previous life (a couple of decades ago, same thing), I used to fly over 200K miles per year building my business, and would regularly awake to wonder not only what country I was in, but what business I was there to tend to. Not as much fun as you seem to be having on your trip!

    During one of those trips, there was a bit of a unique experience: a member of the coup that had recently over-thrown the Philippine government told me he could have me shot before I got to the airport. That kind of remark tends to make one focus intently on the moment, and results in unique solutions to problems….hope your trip remains unique, but a little less eventful than that particular moment would suggest. B^)

    • katemcclafferty May 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      That’s a truly insane story!!! Your life has been quite the adventure!!!
      I always look forward to reading your comments…:)

  6. buytheticketandtaketheride May 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Wild story, for real. I may have to add a little more epic to my daily life. Dont go skipping Little Rock on your way across the country, it has its good qualities.

  7. Marina {} May 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Southern biscuits and fried green tomatoes?! I need to get myself to the south! Your blog is so cute – happy to have found it 🙂

  8. bumblelady May 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    At least now you know why us Southern gals have so much meat on our bones 🙂 Biscuits and grease-gravy is a staple at any good southern meal. That or some hot, butter slathered grits.

    Natchez Mississippi is a wonderful little town full of history and mansions (and ghosts!) You can ride (or hike or ride horseback) up the Natchez Trace, which is the original road that traders used between Natchez and Nashville. It’s a fun trip when you have the time.

    • katemcclafferty May 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      That’s exactly what I was looking for in Mississippi!!! I wish I would have known about Natchez before I left because I would have gone there instead of Jackson! 🙂

      Oh and yes I fell in love with grits while I was there as well!


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