When our family took the unplanned path toward adopting Collins this year, we knew a big summer vacation wasn’t in the budget. But we didn’t want to abandon our #familyinfifty goal of visiting all fifty states as a family. When our dear friends moved to New Orleans last fall we knew we wanted to visit. It was drivable, we were missing our friends, and they were kind enough to offer to host us in their home. It was the perfect way to check Mississippi and Louisana off our list. We looked at the calendar and found a long weekend, Thursday through Monday, that I wasn’t scheduled to work, and made our plans to head south.
DVD playing in back-check!
At Home in the World on audio up front-check!
We were ready to go!
Rather than taking the interstate all the way we chose the scenic view of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Beautiful views and no traffic!
Goodbye Tennessee…Hello Alabama!
Then on to Mississippi!
One of our Family in Fifty rules is that we actually do an activity in each state, not just drive through. We have been to Tennessee and Alabama already so we just trucked on through. But Mississippi was new for us. Our first stop…Tishomingo State Park.
After a long day in the car we were ready for a hike. Notice sister in the background was too impatient to stop for the photo.
This old suspension bridge was beautiful, but there was a definite lack of safety measures. I was convinced one of the kids was going to fall off.
Creek bed rocks are always a hit.
A family that explores together, stays together.
Three little monkeys, sitting in a tree.
She loves to explore.
And she also loves bugs.
We made it back to the trail head.
Back on the bridge.
Successful hike with three kids in tow. We were happy campers.
We spent the night in Tupelo, Mississippi. Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis, and they like to remind you of that everywhere.
With all of the car lovers in this family, a visit to the Tupelo Automobile Museum felt like the perfect outing. We were told it is the private collection of a car enthusiast whose goal is to have 10 cars from each decade. The cars are displayed in chronological order which is fun to see how they evolved. The brilliant staff at the museum gave us this little car to push Quinn around in. What a smart idea to corral the littles and to to keep hands off of the cars.
The oldest car was from 1886. My favorite part was the old signs decorating the walls.
After the museum we strolled down the main street of downtown Tupelo. We stopped for lunch at Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen. It is a delicious farm to table restaurant that did not disappoint. If you find yourself in Tupelo we highly recommend checking it out.
Look at all of those gorgeous fresh ingredients.
After lunch we strolled down the street and popped in to a few cute little shops.
Then it was time to jump back into the car and make the final leg of our journey to our friends in New Orleans. Louisiana, here we come!