Cultural discoveries on the road

There are basically two reasons Dave and I decided to undertake a cross-country road trip this summer: to see family and friends, and to experience the incredible, varied cultures of the U.S. that we often forget exist in the next county or state over.
Everyone thinks about going to New York City or Chicago to soak in exciting American experiences. But there is so much more to this brilliant country we have – a point that came home to us as we spent the last week in Mississippi. Truth be told, we only went to Mississippi because we each have family there; yet I think we experienced more culture (particularly culture we were unfamiliar with) in one week in Mississippi than I expected to experience in the first month of our trip.
I’d say our quest to embrace all forms of American culture is off to a good start. Here are some scenes of downtown Vicksburg, Miss., from my solo wander through the city:

Strolling Washington Street, the downtown drag in Vicksburg

Strolling Washington Street, the downtown drag in Vicksburg

Sidewalk greetings from Lorelei Books on Washington Street.

Sidewalk greetings from Lorelei Books on Washington Street.

"Come up the steps for the unusual"

“Come up the steps for the unusual”

The inside of the art gallery "The Attic," on Washington Street in Vicksburg.

The inside of the art gallery “The Attic,” on Washington Street in Vicksburg.

Newspaper love

Newspaper love

HC Porter's "Blues at Home" collection is just incredible.

HC Porter’s “Blues at Home” collection is just incredible.

Motor Vessel Mississippi IV was a Army Corps of Engineers vessel commissioned in 1961. It was used as a workboat and a showboat for the people of the lower Mississippi Valley. It is now permanently docked and is open as part of the Lower Mississippi River Museum.

Motor Vessel Mississippi IV was an Army Corps of Engineers vessel commissioned in 1961. It was used as a workboat and a showboat for the people of the lower Mississippi Valley. It is now permanently docked and is open as part of the Lower Mississippi River Museum.

The old Warren County Courthouse in Vicksburg has been converted into the Old Courthouse Museum.

The old Warren County Courthouse in Vicksburg has been converted into the Old Courthouse Museum.

The Vicksburg is an apartment building that is apparently on the National Register of Historic Places. It also looks cool.

The Vicksburg is an apartment building that is apparently on the National Register of Historic Places. It also looks cool.

A series of riverfront murals tell Vicksburg's history.

A series of riverfront murals tell Vicksburg’s history.

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