Day 20: Finishing up MS

Lots of sun, lots of miles and finally we’re just barely into LA for a few days.  Tomorrow, starting off with a long list for New Orleans.  I’m three days behind schedule and will probably fall further behind in this state based on the size of my stack.  No tickets or mishaps today.  MS drivers like to drive fast on the interstate.  I found myself doing 95 with the pack at one point and decided to back off.  I’m comfortable at 75 or 80 — but I think 90 is a bit much.  Safety-wise and trooper-wise. 

The dogs got to play on the beach in Gulfport towards the end of the day.  Lots of post-Katrina construction still going on so there are lots of worksite-adjacent doggie opportunities to run on the white sand.  The water was definitely warm and everybody enjoyed getting wet.  Lots of sand in the van which always makes me happy.

12:30 already and I’m fading fast.  So here are today’s blog-worthy finds.  Painted wall ads in Vicksburg:

South of Vicksburg — this neat bus / ship.  I don’t know if this was a one-of-a-kind or if there were a fleet of these used for tourists.  Super neat either way:

Lots of great architecture in these old Delta towns.  The sidewalks in Natchez seemed ancient – loved them:

This seems a strange claim to fame to me:

The rest of today’s photos are from Hattiesburg where I had a bunch of stuff to shoot.  I don’t think I’d ever been to this city before.

The skeletal remains of a drug store sign:

One good thing about traveling in Spring is that the trees haven’t filled in yet, obscuring signs such as this one for Gus’ Cafe:

A strange building.  At first glance, it looks like one of those trompe l’oeil murals — but no, the entrance is really recessed like this:

You can’t help but look when you pass something like this — and I couldn’t help but shoot it:

This appears to be a recently demolished building and freshly uncovered tobacco ad.  The colors still pretty vibrant:

Last one before I crawl off to bed.  Taco Sombrero in Gulfport appeared to be just another semi-fast-food Mexican restaurant in Gulfport.  But these nice mariachi figures were installed above their plastic box sign:

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2 Responses to “Day 20: Finishing up MS”

  1. I went through Hattiesburg a couple of years ago. I didn’t realize that it was such a vibrant retirement community.

    South of Hattiesburg, I ran into a small tornado and had to seek shelter in a sheriff’s substation. That was fun. That was my introduction to Southern weather.

    Great pics!

  2. Love the Gus Cafe sign hiding behind the trees.

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