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Arley, AL

Welcome to Middle-of-Somewhere Alabama!

I’ll be honest, I was ready to throw in the towel about an hour away from our destination. The first thing we realized is that if our GPS indicates it’s going to be a 5 hour trip, it will most definitely take 7. The second thing we learned, is that if we wait just one more exit, or rest area, or gas station…there will not be another one for at least 150 miles, ha!

We drove through some very remote parts of Mississippi and Alabama, and ended up at Hidden Cove RV Resort, which is part of the Thousand Trails system. A minor reason that we picked this destination was that it sits about halfway between Vicksburg, Mississippi and Atlanta, Georgia, our next destination.

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Vicksburg, Mississippi

Fourth state in a week! Yes, we are really spreading our wings now that we are out of Florida :)

We are here to visit the National Military Park because we’ve been studying the Civil War in American history and this year marks 150 years. Vicksburg was the last hold out and was crucial to winning the war. The more I learn about it, the more I feel bad for those who fought on both sides. The war agenda didn’t belong to the common person, yet it was they who carried out the agenda.

We arrived at our destination, Magnolia RV Park, on a Monday. Its a quaint little park, about a mile from WalMart and about 8 miles from the National Park.  When we arrived, the place was nearly empty, but it’s been slowly filling up as we near the weekend. There is a dog park and a playground, laundry room and bathhouses.There is also supposed to be free wifi but we’ve all had trouble getting it to work – at all.

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On the Road and Going Nowhere

We left the peninsula around 3pm and crossed over to the east bay to take a less busy route south. After only 90 min on the road we hear a loud, startling sound and thumping. This could not be good. Immediately we pulled off the highway and looked. At first I didn’t see anything, but upon closer inspection the truck had blown the back inside tire and there was metal hanging underneath. Nope, not good. We called the roadside assistance number and they were very nice and sent someone out to help us. 45 min later we had a great mechanic telling us that its even worse than it looks. Fan.tas.tic. If anyone is familiar with NorCal we were on hwy 580 just before it merges into I-5. Hot, dry and middle of nowhere. Oh and speed limit is 70 which means people are really going fast! We could see the rest stop a mile up the road and I had to pee like nobody’s business. Needless to say its very awkward squatting next to a Uhaul with traffic on both sides. Mr. S was a trooper holding a blanket in front of me. Enough said.

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Who Needs Summer Camp?

On Monday we called Comcast to schedule internet shut off for Thursday. As soon as Jason hung up we lost our wireless connection. Coincidence? He called back to see if it was a glitch and we had already been terminated and removed from the system. Really?? Meanwhile he was still supposed to be working online. The kids were using the wireless for the ipad and their ipods so they weren’t pleased either. Therefore, I haven’t been able to stay connected or update the blog until now. I’ve been totally relying on my phone to stay connected and using tons of data. I’ll do my best to catch up.