road trippin’ through the delta ~ part 4

I grew up in the Arkansas Delta, in Wynne, AR.  It was a small town, and after graduation, I was determined to leave town and discover new places.  Now I find that after I’ve moved away, visited other states and other countries, I wanted to go back home and re-discover the Delta I was so determined to leave all those years ago.   A week long road trip was something that some friends and I had discussed doing, and a few months ago, we finally made this happen.

You can find the previous entries below

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Day 4 was packed full of traveling and adventure.  We waved goodbye to the Shack Up Inn and headed toward Memphis, blaring Stax recording artists in the car on our way to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music where one of my all time favorites, Otis Redding and one of the best house bands of all time, Booker T & the M.G.’s recorded.  There were tons of other great Memphis Soul artists that Stax developed there too.  If you’re ever in Memphis, put this on your must see list.

967A9957-3 967A9964-4 967A9967-5From Memphis we headed back to our home town of Wynne, AR to visit some friends visiting from Baltimore.  Here’s a cute pic of our friend and author CL Bledsoe with his dad and daughter.

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This tiny building in Twist, AR is where B.B. King rescued his guitar from a raging fire and then gave it the name of  Lucille.  The link here will tell you the entire story.

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A late summer day at a farm in Twist

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Delta Roads less traveled allow for shots like this.

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Last on the list for the day was to find the giant siphons in Marked Tree.  The trip on the gravel roads to our final location was beautiful as the sun was setting.

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The old lock and dam house, before the siphons were installed.

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