Biloxi Beach Great Blue Heron fishing in the surf Small plover (Sanderling, I think) running along the surf Jellyfish in the sand Dead crab washed up on shore Vertebra from a large fish Royal Tern I think these are Forsters Terns Juvie Brown Pelican I think this is a Red Drum fish. Either it washed … More A Walk on the Beach
Neil Simon fans will know that it’s hot here. Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this hot. 😉 I’ll be here till the end of the month, then heading over to Mobile AL for a while, then on to Florida for the winter.
In December 1862, the Union ironclad gunship USS Cairo was steaming up the Yazoo River, at Vicksburg MS, on a mission to shell some Confederate shore batteries. Before she got there, some small guns on shore fired a few shells at her, and the captain ordered the ship to turn about to fire back. it … More The Gunship “Cairo”
Although the siege of Vicksburg came to an end on the day after the Battle of Gettysburg, and provided another crippling blow to the Confederates, the actual fighting there had begun long before. Vicksburg was an important port on the Mississippi River, and was targeted as part of the Anaconda Plan to cut off the … More Vicksburg Battlefield
In 1894, a candy store owner in Vicksburg MS had a brisk business selling Coca-Cola. At the time, Coke was sold to store owners as a syrup, which they mixed with carbonated water and dispensed in a soda fountain. But then Joseph Biedenham got an idea–why not mix the stuff himself, bottle it, and sell … More Coca Cola Bottling Museum
The Old Courthouse stands on a prominent hill in the center of town, one of the highest points in Vicksburg. During the Civil War siege it served as a Confederate signal tower, and although it took a few cannon hits it managed to survive the fighting. Today it houses a small history museum displaying Civil … More The Old Courthouse Museum
Although the public (and the law) tends to view all “van-dwellers” in the same way (as “panhandling homeless bums”), there is in fact a wide range of people who live this lifestyle, and a myriad of ways in which we live it. We are not a monolithic group. Instead, we are more like a spectrum, … More Musings on the Van-Dwelling Spectrum