August 21, 2011 Vicksburg, MS to Dallas, TX

Having made the decision to change our itinerary, we get up early to make our way to Dallas. And when I say early, I mean really early. One of the things that I forget to do was to change my PDA’s time zone from Eastern to Central time. So we are greeted with its cheery reveille at 5 a.m.

But first a word about yesterday’s visit to the Lowndes County Interpretive Center. In the spring 0f 1965, African-Americans from Selma were denied the right to march to Montgomery to air their grievances. They were being denied (among other things) the right to vote. Many roadblocks had been put up to keep them from registering. The Selma African-Americans with the support of national black groups and the National Guard finally were able to bring their plight to national attention with the 54 mile march from Selma to Montgomery. The Lowndes County Interpretive Center depicts their struggle. John and I both felt that the movie and exhibits were very moving.

Clark and Lewis at Lowndes County Interpretive Center

Hitting the Selma Library, we change our plans. Libraries, what a resource.

Clark and Lewis at the Selma Library

After a brief stop over night in Vicksburg, MS, we hit the road for Dallas. Motoring across the little piece of Mississippi we have left and across all of Louisiana, we arrive at the Texas welcome center before lunch.

John, Clark, Lewis and Texas

The rest of the day is spent getting to our hotel in Dallas, the Rosewood Crescent, taking a nap, and having dinner at Nobu. We get dressed up (at least for vacation) and go down to the lobby bar for a glass of wine.

Mary at the Crescent Hotel lounge

John, Clark and Lewis enjoy a glass of wine and some snacks

I wish I could say that we enjoy dinner but with the exception of a couple of dishes, it is an ill-conceived way to serve delicate seafood. Too much ponzu, too much salt, too much money. The atmosphere is kind of like a techno tapas bar. The music is blaring and the service is frenetic. Our waiter is relieved of his duties midway through our meal due to a runny nose that he keeps wiping with his hand. Gross. Hopefully our other culinary adventures will be better.

Clark and Lewis watch the sushi chef

Our plans for the rest of the time here in Dallas include art museums, hopefully some indoor tennis and a dinner at the Capital Grille with our nephew, Andy, and his wife, Valerie.

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