Corona’s Cruise Across America: The Capitol of Mississippi

Here I am on the steps of the Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi telling true stories.

The state senate floor located on the third and fourth floor of the Mississippi Capitol building.

The state senate floor located on the third and fourth floor of the Mississippi Capitol building.

The people here at the Capitol are so friendly that when I opened the door to peek inside, the security guard smiled and asked if I was visiting and allowed me to come in.

I explored all four floors and every person I saw had a warm, friendly greeting and made me feel as though I was a part of the family. There was no government “coldness” or rudeness from anyone. The building itself is steeped in history, marble and granite. Pictures don’t do justice to what you actually see, hear and experience. It was worth my time stopping here and I almost hated leaving such a place of both history and welcomeness.

Corona’s Cruise Across America: Alabama

A "sweet home.." welcome sign greets everyone entering the state.

A sweet home Alabama. sign welcomes everyone entering into the state. 

This large fireworks store is located in Daphne, Alabama. The sign above the entrance reads, "No Smoking".

This large fireworks store is located in Daphne, Alabama. The sign above the entrance reads, “No Smoking”.

The Mobile, AL skyline as seen heading west on Interstate 10.

The Mobile, AL skyline as seen heading west on Interstate 10.

Corona’s Cruise Across America: Day 2 Begins

 

Looking east across the bay from Pensacola, FL

Looking east across the bay from Pensacola, FL

Day two of “Corona’s Cruise Across America” began in Pensacola, Florida. The picture above shows the bridge that I had crossed over the night before. The good news was that I was now nearly 600 miles into my journey back to the Mother Lode.

The bad news was that I was still in Florida. This state is deceptively large.

The last stop that I had made the night before was at Florida State University in Tallasshee. Nice campus, very large. Things were fairly quiet however. Perhaps everyone was enjoying the final few hours of Labor Day weekend at the beach in (kinda, sorta) nearby Panama City Beach, FL.

Needless to say, after about 14 total hours on the road, I slept great last night.

Corona’s Cruise Across America: Tallahassee, FL

Entering into Tallahassee, FL from the east side on Highway 27 is remarkable. I was greeted by the historical Capitol building directly in front of me. The city of Tallahassee is impressive. The east side is upscale in terms of homes and businesses. Everything there appears to be clean and brand new.

The Historic Capitol Building of Florida

The Historic Capitol Building of Florida

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The downtown section (above) is a historic walking town with numerous shops, parks, condominiums and government buildings, including the Governor’s Mansion.

The west side is home to Florida State University and feels naturally like a “college town”.

Additionally, there are actual hills here with plenty of tall trees. Now that I’m I the panhandle, it looks completely different from the rest of the state.

This Capitol city gave me a great first impression.

Corona’s Cruise Across America: Another Downpour

 

You can literally see the torrential rain squalls about two miles before driving into them. This was the second downpour of my day. The standing water was the biggest danger and there was plenty of it. There are no overpasses around here (south of Perry, FL) to hide underneath. Even when not driving directly through the storms, nearby lightning and thunder has been a constant on this Florida leg of my Cruise Across America.