Deep South Tour:  Mississippi Delta
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Thursday
June 6th


Winterville Mounds
& Clarksdale, MS
Thursday morning we headed north toward Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birth place of the blues. Near Greenville we stopped at Winterville Mounds State Historic Site. This was an interesting stop because at that time the mainstream media was just starting to hint at a growing debate about the size and level of development of pre-Columbian cultures in North America. Some academics are arguing that they were much larger and better developed than we had previously thought. Having visited Macchu Picchu, Teotihuacan, Monte Alban and other pre-Columbian sites in Latin America, we were optimistic about what we'd find. But as it turns out, pretty much all you get to see are some... mounds. Assuming memory serves, this was the temple mound:
Temple Mound

Oh, so you don't believe that's a big mound. Well here's Chris and the temple mound, for scale:
Who's The Mound?

Matt didn't want to be left out, but he got a smaller mound (perhaps the mound under a chieftain's or priest's hut?):
You Call That A Mound?

Natch, we had to include the Princess of Pez. We tried to convince her to stand next to an ant hill instead, but hey... she's the Princess and she gets what she wants:
Almond Joys Got Nuts...

Back on the road, we headed for Clarksdale, the heart of the Mississippi Delta. It's not the world's most picturesque destination, so content yourself with the prose. We kicked off the barbecue leg of our tour with a late lunch (including an outstanding pulled pork sandwich) at Abe's, which lies at the legendary intersection of highways 61 and 49. That spot may be the fabled crossroads where you can meet the devil at midnight to sell your soul in return for your chops as a bluesman. They say Robert Johnson did it... but he's not around to answer any questions. Then we headed over to check out the Delta Blues Museum. And before retiring, we tried and failed to find a good spot to listen to some blues.

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