I don't know what delusion I was under when I thought I'd be mostly posting pictures and saying very little. When have I ever said very little???
I'm writing from the Campgound and Barnes Crossing in Tupelo, Ms. I chose Tupelo because it was on the route to Taos that was plotted for me by AAA and it was about 5ish hours away from Athens where I was yesterday. And I love the song "Tupelo Honey" by Van Morrison! Who knew there was so much to do here?! Not only is the birthplace of Elvis, but there is an automobile museum (which I can't wait to see - love those muscle cars!!), there's arts and entertainment, outdoor recreation and lots of shopping! I'm staying at least two nights. I might even stay 3. I forgot that it's Labor Day weekend when lots of people go camping, so I will have to look into whether I can find someplace 4-5 hours away that is open Sunday night before I decide for sure.
Anyway...as to what I've done since yesterday - I got to see a bunch of friends!! I realized last night that I will not be seeing anyone I've ever met before until 9/19 when Liz C. (not the poo-talking Liz, a different Liz) joins me in Montana for a bit. That's weird to contemplate.
Emmanuel and I (pictured below in Tamora's apt.) went to hang out with Tamora for a bit before we went to meet my friend Mike and his newly-wed husband Zack (who I should also say is a friend) for dinner. They just moved to Atlanta two weeks ago because Zach is now an Assoc. Pastor at All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Mike is teaching four (count 'em - FOUR) biology labs at a college nearby. They lucked out finding him! It was really cool that I got be with three friends from New Haven all at the same time in Georgia!
Emmanuel, Barb, Mike, Zack and Tamora.
This yellow-green butterfly (or is it a moth?) was a casualty of my trip. I was looking at it stuck in my windshield wiper for hours thinking how beautiful it was. The golden color of the road appeared the moment I crossed the state line from Alabama to Mississippi. I'm not sure what they pave their roads with here, but it's definitely a switch from asphalt or concrete. (I just noticed you can see the butterfly in this pic too!)
Then we come to the Campground at Barnes Crossing. This is their fabulous ladies room, complete with toilets, showers, sinks, an ironing board and plenty of room for lounging! It's part of the larger welcome center which is pictured on the right. I'm excited to take another shower tomorrow! Woo hoo! And they have laundry facilities too.
I felt warmly welcomed here by Gary who is exchanging time in the office for free rent. He and his wife split the job. He was kind enough to help me get set up for dumping my waste from the van's bathroom (yes - it has a bathroom! And a shower!) and point out a couple of things that need fixing on the van. I asked him if there was an RV place around where I could get someone to fix a few of the things in/on the van that need attention and he told me there's a guy named Marty who was on the premises at that very moment fixing an axle. Gary came back later with Marty's card and said that if he doesn't come by tonight I should call him.
A little while later I was going for a walk when Marty pulled up asking if I owned the van that needs some odds and ends fixed. I said yes, and he said, "Why is there water pouring out of the back of the van?" I told him I'd been told by Diane to turn the yellow lever since I'd been getting just gurgling and sputtering from the faucet, even though the water was plugged into the water system at the campground, and that it must have something to do with that. Interestingly, Marty and I chatted for a few more minutes before we went back to take a look at the pouring water situation (oops!). He seems to think that there is pipe broken and is coming back in the a.m. to take a look at it and fix the other stuff that needs attention (shower head, wiper blades, the end of the electrical cord that connects to the campground's power, a cabinet that won't stay shut and double-checking that the refrigerator's connection to the propane tank is okay since it didn't kick in last night and the fridge was warm this a.m.).
I have a bunch of business to attend to tomorrow (including the RV stuff) so I might just stick around on Sunday night too, just to make sure I get the full effect of Tupelo before I leave!
Barb Nangle is the founder of Higher Power Coaching and Consulting, an entrepreneur and an eternal optimist. She loves motivating others to become better and better versions of themselves, just as she has become better and better versions of herself.