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A quick day trip to Branson, Missouri

We’ve known a lot of people who’ve been to Branson Missouri, however, we’ve never been. And since Mansfield is only about 40 minutes from Branson, we decided to make a one-day trip to see what it was all about. After a bit of Googling, we decided to visit the Titanic Museum, have lunch and then see Sight & Sound production of MOSES. The Titanic museum was very interesting and we certainly learned a great deal about the history of this fateful ship.   After our visit to the Titanic, we decided to have some lunch. We’d heard good things about the restaurant operated by the College of the Ozarks. So we […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Campground & Museum

As we worked our way northwestward, we decided that a stop at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Campground which is just across the road from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum. Stephanie has always been a tremendous fan of the Little House on the Prarie TV show, so it seemed like we should visit Laura’s home and museum in Mansfield, Missouri. The campground is on a hillside and has been there for a few years.  It is managed by a family that has owned the campground for a few years. They are very laid back and couldn’t have been more gracious with their time. They have been making improvements and our […]

Stephanie’s Gosling & the Natchez Trace

Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve, Hohenwald, TN ~ May14-21, 2017 We arrived at this park on Sunday, May 14. It is not too far off the Natchez Trace and it is quite remote. There are two Walmart’s, one is in Columbia which is about 45 minutes away. There is also a Mall and other stores and restaurants there. This park is a Thousand Trails park and was established in the 1980’s. It is spread out over many acres, I think at least 100 acres. There are 3 phases that were completed and more land that was never completed for camping sites. The campground has cabins and many 30 amp sites. We […]

Our visit to Tupelo, Mississippi

Tupelo was a pleasant surprise for us. I had recalled the name of Tupelo, mostly from an old Richard Pryor comedy routine which I’d heard thirty years ago. In the routine, he does his  “Mudbone” character and it went something like this: “I was born in Tupelo, you know where that is? No? Well, it’s just below “Onepelo””.  Oh well, who can explain the things that stick in your memory…LOL. Drumroll, I’d like to announce that Stephanie, my lifelong co-pilot has decided to write a bit of review of our travels.  So without further ado,  below is her write-up from our visit to Tupelo. ( And here is a link, if you prefer) […]

Leake County Water Park Campground ~ Lena, MS (Trace MP40 to MP120)

We departed the Grand Gulf Military Park on the morning of Cinco De Mayo continuing our journey up the Natchez Trace Parkway, stopping at a couple of the many historic or scenic locations along the Trace.  Near Mile Post (MP) 42 we stopped at a Historic site called Sunken Trace.   Next stop near MP 55, was a larger historic site called Rocky Springs. It was another once upon a time vibrant town that was no more. Not unlike the town of Grand Gulf, the now vanished town of Rocky Springs suffered a similar fate. The combination of a Civil War, followed by a yellow fever outbreak, then the boll weevil destruction […]

Grand Gulf Military Park Campground

We left Natchez on the Natchez Trace Parkway, heading north. We decided to visit the Grand Gulf Military Park, which has a very nice campground on the park premises. The town of Grand Gulf was a vital and active port on the Mississippi, the town slowly disappeared after the Battle of Grand Gulf, the yellow fever outbreak and the when the Mississippi river changing course, all lead to its demise. We arrived just as a storm was approaching and the operations manager met us in the driveway and said, just go find a site you like and come register when you can. He suggested the lower section as it would […]

River View RV Park Campground – across the Mississippi from Natchez

We drove north from Gulfport on mostly secondary roads to the city of Natchez, Mississippi. We intended to stay at the Natchez State Park, but after reading some recent concerning reviews I decided to switch our stay to the Louisiana side of the river in the town of Vidalia. It was just across the bridge at Natchez, it lies on the western bank of the Mississippi River, it is the River View RV Park. We were very glad we did switch. The park was right next to the river and had a very nice bike path/sidewalk, with porch swings and benches and picnic tables, it was about a mile-and-a-half long. […]

Shields Park FAM Campground – Gulfport, Mississippi

After Pensacola, we continued west to the Shields Park FAM Campground in Gulfport, Mississippi. We arrived 24 April and departed on the 1st of May. I’d not realized that such a large military installation existed in Gulfport. This installation is the home of the Navy SeaBees, it has a decent size Base Exchange and Commissary. They have two sections to their campground, the original section which is just inside the Pass Road Gate. The other recently opened section, with all back-in sites, is at the opposite end of the base a few miles away. We stayed in the older section in a pull-thru 50amp full hookup site.   We enjoyed our stay, there is […]

Pensacola Lighthouse and Fort Barrancas

Near the National Naval Aviation Museum is the Pensacola Lighthouse and around the corner is Fort Barrancas. We visited these both on the same day. The lighthouse charges an admission as does Fort Barrancas. The lighthouse was interesting and the lighthouse keepers home and the lighthouse itself were open to visit. Some images from the Lighthouse:     We then went to Fort Barrancas which is situated and visible from the roadway. If you wish to view all of our photos from the Lighthouse and Fort Barrancas click here to go to our Google Photos Album.