Friday, September 11, 2009

TUNICA, MS

We were exhausted after the 17 days we spent in Red Bay, and decided to spend Labor Day in Tunica, MS, approximately 15 miles south of Memphis,TN. We had been warned we would drive for miles seeing only farmland - mostly cotton fields. Then all of a sudden, there you are in the middle of little Las Vegas. We stayed in a very clean and level campground near the Hollywood Casino across the street from Sam's Town. We made the customary deposit, and met someone in the campground soliciting for the Memphis Humane Society, of all places. We purchased 2 vouchers for $10 that were actually worth $40, and could be used at any of the restaurants around town. We chose a steakhouse across the street called Mark Twain's Steakhouse. We actually thought we had been scammed, but it turned out to be legitimate and we had a great evening for less than half of what it would have cost us had we done it without the vouchers.

Down the road at Harrah's, Paula Dean has opened a beautiful new restaurant which is very impressive. We walked through her huge buffet restaurant, even though we had just eaten breakfast. When I say it was huge, it was HUGE - and it is opened 24 hours a day.

The visit to Tunica gave us an opportunity to see the Mississippi River and the Riverfront Park, which is beautiful. The site of the Riverfront Park has a museum about the river, its history, and even houses a very unusual acquarium, which is better than some of the other state acquariums we've visited. You can go up to the third story of the building where there is an overlook and you can see miles in either direction of the Mississippi River.

We decided to relocate to West Memphis, AR, on the other side of the Mississippi River, to a campground highly recommended to us called Tom Sawyer's RV Campground.
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