Spring Break in Mississippi

I always thought I would go on a spring break trip with friends from school. I can officially say that never happened, now that all of my spring breaks have come and gone. Instead, I’ve spent most of my spring breaks doing things with family. 

This year for spring break, my cousin (also my best friend) and I had the same break, so we went on a trip together! It wasn’t hard choosing a destination—her mom lives in Mississippi, which is warmer than the Midwest in March. We planned it so we would have a few days at home with our families, and a few days in Mississippi at her mom & stepdad’s house.

We didn’t make any plans for the trip other than booking our flights super early for a great deal. We had a nice relaxing time and ended up going to some really cool places! We spent a lot of time outdoors, and let me tell you: the pollen was crazy. I also experienced Waffle House for the first time ever, but failed to document it with a photo.

Vicksburg National Military Park—Vicksburg, MS

We spent one of our days driving through Vicksburg National Military Park. I’m wasn’t really into history when I learned about it in the classroom, but it’s pretty cool to see places with such rich history. How awesome is it that places like this are preserved for people to come and learn!

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The Shirley House – it’s the only Civil War-era building in the Vicksburg battlefield area that is still standing

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One of the many monuments in the park—this is one for Illinois

The driving tour of the park takes you on a 16-mile loop of two basically parallel roads – one traces the Union lines, and the other traces the Confederate lines. Along the way, there are lots of monuments. There’s also a gunboat on display. The USS Cairo sank in 1862 and was pulled out of the water a century later, and has since been partially reconstructed.

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Looking through the inside of the boat

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The front of the USS Cairo, complete with a few canons.

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Overlooking the Mississippi River Valley in Vicksburg

Red Bluff—Near Foxworth, MS

We drove to what seemed like the middle of nowhere to get to this gem of a place. Some call it the Grand Canyon of Mississippi.There isn’t much on the internet about this place, so we didn’t quite know what to expect. I don’t think we were expecting it to be so beautiful!

The erosion has taken out a nearby road which has been relocated several times. The canyon supposedly gets bigger every time it rains. We ended up making our way down to the bottom. A little creek runs along the bottom in the woods, but not in the base of the actual sandy canyon area.

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Our first look at the bluff – standing on the eroding road

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The previous photo was taken from the other side where the road is being eroded

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For some reason, a sign saying “Road Closed” is necessary… Isn’t it obvious enough?

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We almost turned around when we got here.

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Instead, we kept going. We had to hop, skip, and jump over the creek and over fallen trees.

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But eventually, we made it to the red sandy bottom of the “canyon”

Bonita Reservoir—Meridian, MS

We went for a nice 5ish mile walk around the reservoir, through beautiful tall pines. Luckily it wasn’t sunny—it would’ve been a hot one, and very tempting to jump in the reservoir. Too bad there are snakes and gators in the south. It reminded me of being up north in MN! 

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It was a cloudy day, but we were glad about that

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Red dirt and tall pines

After a great few days in the south, it was time to head back north.

Here’s a parting shot:

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Have you been to any of these places? What did you do/are you doing for spring break this year?

~E

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4 thoughts on “Spring Break in Mississippi

  1. Sounds like you have a great time!! I love visiting historical sights and knowing the influence they had on society today. It’s so enlightening! Glad you had a great trip!

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