I woke up early one Saturday morning and tired of the same old same old, decided to take a road trip by myself to Jackson, Mississippi. As soon as I finished getting ready, I hit the road.
Having never visited the state's capitol, I sent a quick text to two friends that live there asking for recommendations. My itinerary would consist of museums and a famous garden.
After two hours of podcasts and pop music, I arrived at the downtown Jackson exit. My first stop would be the Old Capitol tour. Instead of following my GPS, I had an itch to get lost in the city and find my way by street signs.
This was a terrible idea. I have literally never been so lost in my life.
Except this one time on a road trip in Georgia...I plugged in the wrong town, and spent an extra three hours driving to my destination. Navigation isn't a part of my skill set.
Once I (finally!) arrived at the Old Capitol, I was awed by these views!
Next up, the Mississippi Museum of Art. I felt super adult, walking around taking no-flash photography of pieces inspired by the Magnolia state...and not gonna lie I totally geeked out when I saw a painting of Pulitzer Prize author, Eudora Welty.
My last stop was no other than Eudora Welty's home and garden on Pinehurst Place.
Eudora and her mother, Chestina, started their garden in 1925. This was the first time women were able to garden and participate in leisurely activities outside of the home. Eudora used this garden as a source of inspiration. Many of the flowers in the garden were personified as characters in her books.
In 1994, Welty asked for the garden to be restored. Susan Haltom and her "Serious Weeders" volunteers have come together every Wednesday since to repair the garden.
Eudora's favorite flowers are camellias. They grow below the room she used to write in.
I definitely recommend just hopping in the car and exploring, but my best advice for these types of adventures is to always listen to Siri.