Today was the first day of my Southern Literary Festival sojourn. My journey started when I woke up at 5:30 am. I was on the road by 6:45am and then in a different car and on my way to Mississippi by 8am. We (I’m traveling with my co-worker, Gloria, who drove the whole way here–Bless her!) were on the road for about seven hours as we traveled from North Georgia to Oxford, Mississippi, stopping once to eat at a Cracker Barrel (like any good Southern traveler does). For the last two hours of the trip, there was absolutely nothing. I mean not even a McDonalds. We took note of the tiny amount of civilization we saw which included: A Huddle House, a Dollar General, and a McDonalds listed on one of those “Food” exits signs, but couldn’t’ actually see the restaurant from the interstate. There was nothing but fields, scrawny pines, and bad paving for about 100 miles. Luckily, there was a Mississippi Welcome Center when we crossed the State Line, and good thing we stopped there, because there was NOTHING else.
The festival itself hasn’t really started, yet. There was registration, which they were closing down by the time we found the place, and a reception, where we ate about 3 grapes and a giant cube of turkey. Most of the festivities start tomorrow.
After the meager reception, Gloria and I explored the town square, ate at a spiffy soul-food restaurant called Ajax, and perused through Square Books (unfortunately there were way too many people for me to fell comfortable taking pictures inside the store).
Oxford, Mississippi is home to William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak. We will be going there Saturday. I’m looking forward to that bit.
So here are the pictures of my adventure so far: