Sunday, July 21, 2013

Florida - Tupelo & Cape Girardeau - 6/16/2013

This is the final post on our Florida vacation with the grand kids.  There are a total of 8 posts on the trip including this one.  Check the Archive List on the right side of the blog for the others.

The beach at Fort Walton Beach is beautiful and serene in the early morning.

This photo of the empty beach chairs was taken by Sigrid from our hotel veranda.  It was selected to be published in our neighborhood magazine in August.  Way to go Sigrid!

After leaving Fort Walton Beach, FL, we made our way northward, on some smaller but scenic roads, to Tupelo, Mississippi.  We had to stop and pay our respects at the birthplace of the King, Elvis Presley.  Sigrid has now been full circle with Elvis.  We have visited his final resting place in Memphis and now his place of birth.

We spent the night in West Memphis, Arkansas which happens to be just across the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee.  Sort of like Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.  We were trying to avoid the high crime rate in Memphis, TN.  It doesn't matter which side of the river you are on in Kansas City.

Sigrid has always wanted to visit Cape Girardeau and we were going to drive right by it on the interstate as we headed towards St Louis....there wouldn't be a better time.  We stopped at a park on the banks of the Mississippi River.

The city traces it's roots back to the French fur traders and was established around 1765.  Today it has a population of nearly 40,000 making it the 16th largest city in Missouri.  The city is home to Southeast Missouri State College and it's most famous prodigy is none other than Rush Limbaugh.

Tyler and Petra check out the telescope.  If there aren't any barges on the river, the only thing to look at from here is river debris.

If you notice that foggy looking area on the river under the bridge, you are seeing a massive rain storm heading directly for us along with gigantic cloud to ground lightning.  We ran like hell for the car and sat there until the initial surge of the storm passed and the rain let up a little.

The rest of the drive home to Lee's Summit (Kansas City suburb) was gloomy with spots of light rain.  We were glad to get home as we always are after a long driving trip.

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