Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Birthday Day: Georgia Aquarium

Yesterday, Shane and I hit up the super fancy Georgia Aquarium. It was so beautiful, and awe inspiring. They have over 100,000 animals in there and I felt that most of them were very happy. Looking around, Shane and I both agreed that people would be happier in general if they could go to a place like that once a week. There were several "touch tanks" where you could get friendly with anemones, sea stars, bonnethead sharks, and cownose rays. The anemones and the rays kinda felt like slimy mushrooms. They have the biggest tank in the world, at the size of a football field, holding the magnificent whale shark, hammer head, saw fish, and many other beautiful giants. I love the jellyfish, sea horses, sea dragons and the (shout out to my home state) Mississippi river exhibition. BUT, if the people from the aquarium are reading this, you need bigger tanks for your penguins, alligators, and eels. Not happy about that. Other than a few minor heartaches, I am so happy I went. Here are some pictures of just the highlights. You should go.

Also, ps: for lunch we went to Soul Vegetarian which ruled and for dinner we went to Sunflower Cafe which was excellent.

Winter Hiking in Georgia : High Falls State Park

On Friday, Shane and I had a scenic drive out towards Jackson, GA to visit High Falls State Park. It turned out to be a nice hike through the nearly silent forest. The water was ever present as we crossed over many springs that spilled into the Towaliga river. (By the way, Towaliga means roasted scalp) We also spied an 1890s power house. A beautiful spot. You should go if you are in the neighborhood!! :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman, The Blue Yodeler, The Father of Country Music

Last week on my way to Georgia I detoured through Meridian, Mississippi to visit the Jimmie Rodgers Museum. It was great! The museum was a one room train station filled with Jimmie's clothes, guitars, boots, writings, furniture and the like.

Jimmie Rodgers is one of the early superstars of country music. He made his first recordings in 1927 down in Bristol, TN at the same time as the Carter Family. His career was brief as he long suffered from tuberculosis. Jimmie died at the young age of 35 with around 100 recordings under his belt. Two of his most famous are "T for Texas" and "TB Blues". Most of Jimmie's tunes feature his astonishing yodeling. My homie, Hank Williams was greatly influenced by Jimmie Rodgers.

The lady who was the "hostess" was very friendly and generous. She allowed me to hold and have my picture made with the guitar created to celebrate Jimmie's 100th birthday. I felt so special getting to go behind the velvet ropes!!

A country music fan many years ago made a quilt with all the signatures of of her favorite musicians. The story goes that she personally wrote to all their managers and record labels sending along the fabrics scraps for them to sign. She then stitched over the autograph to create the quilt in turn giving it to the Jimmie Rodgers Museum. See the pics of one of my favorites Kitty Wells.

I left the museum full of warmth for my home state and the musical heritage she claims. I was singing and yodeling at the top of my lungs as I sped down the interstate through Alabama and Georgia. Yo-dee-lay-ee-o-dee-lay-ee-o-dee-lay-ee!!!! Also, check out some of my older posts to catch up on Clarksdale, MS home of the Delta Blues Museum and the Carter Family fold in Virginia where I visited last summer.

Here are some pics of the museum!

"Why the Sam Hill don't you write" - Jimmie

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pirates in Mississippi

When we went kayaking, we launched the boat in Vancleave where there are Pirates!! They had two wooden boats, one in progress, pirate cars, barn, and flags everywhere. I don't know these pirates, but I hope to someday! Arrrghh!!