One of my very favorite stops in Mississippi. My first time through here was on a road-trip with my old roommates. It was a great way to mix up the drive with some walking, running, stair climbing, and windows-down-with-the-sun-pouring-in cruising in the middle of summer! This visit however, was totally different.
On our way back from Florida in December, just days before Christmas, we took a much needed break from driving and stopped in Vicksburg. It was less green and much, much colder than the last time I came through. But the visit was just as refreshing and welcoming as it had been before, just in a different way.
We arrived just about an hour and a half before closing time, so we knew it would just be a quicker drive through the park and we would have to be a bit more picky about which stops we would take.
What I love about this park, is that it is almost inexhaustible. There are so many plaques with dates and names and events, from both the Union and Confederate advances. You could wander the park for an entire day and still not read everything.
I also love how vast and hilly it is. Both times I’ve been I have seen multiple people out on their run. And what a fantastic place to do it! Such lovely views and a great workout for incline training.
I enjoyed coming back to a place I have visited before and bringing someone to see it for the first time. Even though, about halfway through our visit my travel companion was pretty sure he had actually been there before, long ago, with family! It was fun to remember my time there before and the people that were a part of it and the season of life that came with it. It was so beneficial to ponder just how much has changed in the past (almost) 4 years since I was last there. A great time to compare and contrast and see growth and process change in ways I had not necessarily thought about. Ways I may not have thought about had I not re-visited this place.
Do you enjoy visiting places again? Have you been to Vicksburg? What was your favorite part of your visit?
After visiting Liberty Island we took the short boat ride to Ellis Island to enjoy all the history on the most beautiful day in New York.
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It’s been a sweet year. Full of the absolutely, completely, unexpected. I wrote, I traveled, I worked, and looking back on all of it is leaving me amazed and truly grateful.
Here’s a look back at the writing, travel, and a little life that occurred throughout 2015.
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While I loved riding the Staten Island Ferry and catching views of the Statue of Liberty and that iconic NYC skyline, a proper visit to Liberty Island and Ellis Island were on the must do list this visit. I was grateful for a beautiful morning with plenty of blue skies and sunshine to take in this iconic piece of history.
Continue reading “A Proper Visit to Lady Liberty”
If we find poetry in the service station and the motel, if we are drawn to the airport or the train carriage, it is perhaps because, despite their architectural compromises and discomforts, despite their garish and harsh lighting, we implicitly feel that these isolated places offer us a material setting for an alternative to the selfish ease, the habits of confinement of the ordinary, rooted world.
The Art of Travel, Page 58
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After a delicious Spanish lunch near Sol we took a short metro ride to the Opera stop to see the palace. Later in the week we came back in hopes of taking a tour, Continue reading “Through the Lens: Palacio Real de Madrid”
This book. I can not even begin to do it justice. It took me a while to read because, life. But it is truly a beautiful glimpse into what travel used to look like.
Written by Martha Gellhorn, world traveler, war correspondent and third wife of Ernest Hemingway. Continue reading “Travels with Myself and Another”
On the very far East end of Atlantic Beach, there is a fort. Built to protect America from the British, however never really used for that purpose. Fort Macon saw the most action during the Civil War.
Now the many various rooms of the fort are empty, and serve as a nice cool place to visit on a hot summer day. A few rooms are set up as they would have been when the fort was in use, Continue reading “Fort Macon in the Afternoon”
Beaufort, North Carolina is a fun little town full of history and that laid back coastal living attitude I love. Historically, they are known for being a frequent visited by Blackbeard the pirate, something they are very proud of now. Recently archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be his ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, just off the North Carolina coast.
After camp had wrapped up for the summer, I took a week or so just to enjoy the area I had spent the summer, Continue reading “Historic Beaufort, North Carolina”