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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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road trippin’ through the delta ~ part 3

If you missed part one, you can find it HERE.  Or if you missed Part two you can find it HERE.

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 weeks ago, we finally made this happen.

Day 3 was a fairly low key day.  We were still recovering from the previous late night at Red’s, so we got a late start, and really didn’t have a lot on the agenda.  Our exact goals for the day were

1.) To make it to Cleveland, MS for the sole purpose of getting a T-shirt from Delta State University with their mascot on it, which happens to be The Fighting Okra.  I know right?  A once in a lifetime opportunity.  Mission Accomplished, but sadly, no photo.

2.) To make it to Leland, MS to see the place where Jim Henson created Kermit the Frog.

3.) To stay at the Shack Up Inn for one more night.

One of the famous juke joints in Mississippi is Po Monkey’s, which was just outside of Cleveland, MS.  We knew it probably wouldn’t be open during a weekday, but we traveled down the miles of gravel road just to take a look.  The owner, Willie (Po Monkey himself), took a break from mowing and came over to greet us.  Do yourself a favor.  Click on the photo of Po Monkey’s juke joint and read all of the signs on the tiny building.  It’s SO worth it.

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We even found a nest full of baby birds in a sculpture outside of Po Monkey’s.

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I was happy to get some of these farm, bird and field photos.  It reminded me of driving down the back roads around my hometown, like I did so many times when I was a teenager.

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Finally we arrived at the Muppet Museum in Leland.  We made it just in time, about an hour before they closed.  I have so many fond memories of the Muppets and Jim Henson’s creations, from Sesame Street, to The Muppet Show, Muppet Babies, and The Dark Crystal.  This place was quite the jewel, having an original Kermit puppet on display.

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road trippin’ through the delta – part 1

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 weeks ago, we finally made this happen.  Here’s the first part of my discovery of the Delta in photos.  If you’re interested in a print, email me or check here later this week to purchase.

The Delta was just swarming with dragonflies

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Here was a boarded up bar in Brinkley, AR.  I’m guessing they might have had a problem with people taking beverages outside.

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The Delta had pop-up thunderstorms a plenty.  They made for some great dramatic pictures.

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We visited the Central Delta Depot and Museum in Brinkley, AR.  This was a major rail hub when it opened in 1912.

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This photo was on display at the museum. Wow.  Puppies, kids and…. guns?

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If you’re ever in the Brinkley area, I recommend you find the Louisiana Purchase State Park.  If you can manage to ignore the swarms of mosquitoes, it’s quite an experience.  It’s so quiet and peaceful walking through the tall trees of this  headwater swamp to see the marker that was placed to recognize one of the original survey points for the Louisiana land purchase.

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More thunderstorms…

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Farming in the delta

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I was able to track down my grandparents’ old cabin near Holly Grove at East Lake.  It was great going back and seeing the place where I spent so many summers with my cousins and grandparents.  We had such a great time there when we were kids.

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Here’s a burger joint in Helena, AR with a great sign.

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