Our path to home from Illinois would lead us through Memphis and Hot Springs; two of the areas we stopped at in the spring on our way up to Bar Harbor.
While Tom Sawyer’s Mississippi RV Park doesn’t offer a whole lot of amenities, it does offer a pretty view of the barge traffic as it travels up and down the ole Missisip’. It is quite entertaining trying to determine which barge is the longest. With some of them approaching 1,000 feet long and being pushed by a boat with 3,500 horsepower, it is fun to watch. The only drawback we found to our second stay was the endless number of nighttime bugs: They were horrible and we found ourselves sitting inside at night. Fortunately, it rained one night, so it was no great loss to have to sit inside in any event.
We spent our Saturday night on Labor Day weekend going to Beale Street. Unlike the Sunday night we were there in the spring, it was as crowded as you’d expect.
After spending the requisite time people-watching on the patio of B.B. King’s Blues Club, we went upstairs to Itta Bena to grab dinner. Itta Bena came at the suggestion of our inbound Uber driver, and I’ll probably not be the first to say he has excellent tastes in food. My red snapper with crawfish etoufee was scrumptious, and I’m not a crawfish person. Alayne’s scallops and grits were also excellent. Itta Bena also exists in Montgomery, Alabama as well as Orlanda, and they are worth looking up if you are in the area.
Following our short stay in Memphis, we were off to Hot Springs, Arkansas.