Checking in from Eupora, MS …
Thursday night, April 26 we parked our RV at Belaire Park Campground, east of Starkville as the guests of owner Chris Sears. Thanks, Chris. Friday was a short day for me with a morning walk only through Starkville and Mississippi State University. Starkville has a vibrant downtown, but is basically a college town with most activities centered on the university. MSU is a well laid-out, land grant university with several well respected fields of study including agriculture, biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, education, business and architecture. The school is a member of the powerful Southeastern Conference (SEC) and is a national power in collegiate baseball. The teams are known as the Bulldogs with the mascot named “Bully.”
We were invited to park our RV Friday night at Oktibbeha County Hospital (OCH). That’s a first for us—we’ve been to banks, churches, Wal-Mart’s and RV parks previously. And we’re always looking for our next spot. While at the hospital, we met with the staff at OCH HealthPlex and Liz Varco who is the director of the cardiac rehab unit. They have a state-of-the-art facility and do a great job of getting heart attack survivors and heart disease patients back of the path to good health. Brenda and I shared our experiences with Liz and her staff. We were all singing the same tune, emphasizing a regular exercise program as a key element of heart health.
Two new friends, Nina Peele and her husband, John O’Hear, took us to dinner Friday night. Nina is an RN and administrator at OCH who arranged our stay at the hospital. John is a recently retired MSU archeologist whose specialty is the Southeastern Indian tribes. He is also a weekend drummer in a rock and roll band. We enjoyed visiting with Nina and John and look forward to seeing them again in the future, perhaps in Natchez where John will soon be working on a dig with a colleague from the University of North Carolina. We also appreciate the hospitality of OCH and the good work they are doing for heart rehab.
My walk on Saturday took me to Eupora where we camped at a city/county park, Whites Creek Lake Park. To camp at the park we had to call the local police who unlocked the water and electricity and collected the fee. This could only happen in a small town in Mississippi. It is a tranquil and pretty setting where we are having the unique experience of being the only camper in the park. We may stay here two nights if we can stand the quiet. Here is our projected schedule for the next few days:
Sunday, April 29 … from Eudora thru Stewart to Kilmichael
Monday, April 30 … thru Hendrix to Winona
Tuesday, May 1 — to Greenwood, MS