My Sner and I are back from a whirlwind trip from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Southwest Missouri. We headed to Memphis through the Delta because I get tired of traveling the same roads and because I wanted to stop at the Onward Store, which means that this week’s (Almost) Wordless Wednesday post features that place in the Mississippi Delta.
We’ve tried to stop at Onward before but when we came through it was closed. We almost missed it this time as well. One of these trips, I’m going to have to plan a few days to just travel through the Delta – stop where I want, take the photos that call to me, eat as many tamales as I can hold without making myself sick, not worry about when we have to be somewhere or what people think of the weird white lady with the camera. I’m dying to get photos of the few remaining juke joints.
The story is that a bear hunt was arranged for President Teddy Roosevelt (yes, that Teddy Roosevelt) in the Delta, but things didn’t go exactly according to plan. The dogs found a bear and attacked it, wounding it. The bear was then staked to a tree and President Roosevelt was invited to make the kill…which he refused to do as it wasn’t “sporting.” The legend of the Teddy Bear was then born.
The store itself houses a small restaurant that is supposed to be good. The store features a mixture of locally made products and goods as well as plenty of small teddy bears. Outside there’s also a store cat who wants to come close to you but won’t let you actually pet him. (Her? I couldn’t tell) There are also two ancient, working gas pumps.
Before we left, we of course had to pose for pictures.
(Thanks to the Sner for posing!)
You know that if there was a flower, I was going to take a picture of it.
It’s not a trip through the Delta without an image of the Delta. It’s flat, rich farmland, and the acres after acres of plowed rows have a beauty all their own. We were a bit too early for the sunset, but it was starting.
I hope that your preparations for the holidays are now mostly complete and that you are ready to enjoy a beautiful day with with friends and family. Merry Christmas from Mississippi to you!