Nathan and I recently returned from a whirlwind camping adventure in the South: 13 days, 13 states, 3,400 miles driven. We tried new foods: alligator, grits, etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo. (I should clarify that Nathan tried new foods and I tried tiny bites of his adventurous entrees.) We saw sugarcane and cotton being harvested, drove the Natchez Trace Parkway on a lonely Mississippi morning, cheered on the Bayou Bengals at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, rode on an airboat and on a steamboat and soaked up the abundant local color of the South.
You could go on an entire vacation just visiting literary landmarks of the South. But I suspect that that itinerary wouldn't really fly with Nathan, though we did make a few stops at literary landmarks at my request. The best souvenirs are books and I love buying books in symbolic places. I came home approximately 8 books richer!
|Inside Square Books.|
|Rowan Oak, Faulkner's home, Oxford, MS|
|Evangeline statue, St. Martinville, LA|
|At Evangeline-Longfellow National Historic Site, St. Martinville, LA|
|Faulkner House Books, New Orleans, LA. Cute bookstore at the location where Faulkner rented rooms in the 1920s when he was in his twenties.|
|Booker T. Washington symbolically lifting the veil of ignorance from the black race. At Tuskegee University, AL. Bought Booker T.'s Up from Slavery here.|