Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday, Oct 25th, Pelham, Alabama


Monday's trip across the rest of Arkansas, and today's trip south of Memphis, across Mississippi and Alabama, was pretty much a straight drive interrupted by lunch and dinner. We didn't find RV sites with wifi or cable connections, and would have had little to report if we had.

The Parkin Archeological site in eastern Arkansas was closed, as was the Crowley Nature Center fifty miles south. Today, we did enjoy our visit to the Chucalissa Archeological Preserve. It's on the grounds of the first state park named after an Afro-American, and created to allow Tennessee to comply with the "separate but equal" requirements of the laws which were passed in the early part of the last century. Earlier settlements featuring mounds dating to 1000 AD to 1550 AD were found when a civilian conservation corps team began digging a pool on the site. Tribes from the Cherokee, Chicasaw, and Choctaw nations have occupied the site, and it's now managed by an agreement between the Mississippi Band of the Choctaw Indians and the University of Memphis Anthropology Department. We spoke to Park staff about uploading an excellent video they had created recently to YouTube, and I'll be helping them accomplish that when I return.

Tomorrow, we dash to Savannah, Georgia. We've decided to spend a few days there and at Charleston, and save Kentucky and Tennessee until the trip home.


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