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Great Mississippi River balloon race

Posted in Thirsty Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by bayouphoto

Every year, in October, the city of Natchez, Ms. holds the Great Mississippi River balloon race.It starts Friday night with a balloon glow and a fireworks show. The only problem I saw was the crowds, lines and the parking. We found a spot a couple of blocks away and paid to get in. Next time I wouldn’t pay to get into the balloon glow as there are other balloons at various sites around the city and Vidalia. There is a small carnival held on the grounds for the children.

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When we arrived some of the balloons had already taken flight.

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We left before dark because the schedule said the fireworks would start at 7 PM. I asked a security guard where they would actually shoot the fireworks and he said “From a barge, in the river, just north of the bridge. We headed for an old parking lot just north of the fair grounds. There is a fence, sidewalk and overlook of the river.

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I took the shots while waiting. What we didn’t know was they had to wait for a 30 minute window in the river barge traffic. That meant it was almost 9 PM when the fireworks started.

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It really was a good show they put on.

The next day we were going for the “Key grab” balloon flight. They put a key, to a new GMC truck, on top of the rock climbing tower and if a balloon pilot could grab it they won the truck. We went to the Vidalia side to have the sun behind us and sit on the River Walk. The balloons have to have a 5MPH or less wind to take off so it was after 5 PM when they did.

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We had a good time and saw some very colorful balloons.

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Roadtrip: Vicksburg

Posted in General, Ramblings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2010 by bayouphoto

Beth and I took a trip to Vicksburg, Saturday. We had a great time despite the rain. First stop early that morning was the little town of Delta, La. to visit all that remains of Grant’s canal. Breakfast was a whole wheat bagel with strawberry cream cheese.

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Breakfast

This is the monument to the workers on the canalAll that remains of the canalThen we went on to Vicksburg and stopped at Navy circle just above the visitor center on Washington st.

In all my years of visiting Vicksburg I had never caught a barge going under the bridge. I just wish it had been a better day. This is the closed old Hwy 80 bridgeHere is a cannon view of the bridge.We got caught in the rain when on the hill street section of Washington st. It still has brick paving.We went down under the hill and found a farmers market.I bought a cabbage from this vendor. A very nice lady that would not let me take her photo.There was every kind of vegetable you wanted.We stopped at the old courthouse and I saw this confederate ghost.At the park they had a cannon firing demo and a very well informed narrator.I didn’t take many park photos as the weather was horrid. I did take this one of the Yazoo river delta and the USS Cairo display below.I will have some more photos in HDR and even two panoramas later in another post.