At the Natchez Visitor Center we watched filmed interviews of some lifelong residents of the area. One lady said she loved living here where she could look every day at the Mississippi River. And, she said, think about how boats could go North on it all the way to Minnesota and South -- all the way around the whole world.
We loved looking out our window at the River too (for the few days we "lived" across from Natchez). But I don't think we could spend too many months with that view before we would yearn to do those trips ourselves. We're just hobos at heart.
This is a picture of Kudzu "the plant that ate the South". Years ago, the vine was imported from Japan as an erosion-control measure and farmers were paid to plant it. But the Southeastern US has the perfect conditions to allow kudzu to grow out of control-- hot, humid summers, frequent rain, mild winter temperatures with few freezes and no natural predators. So now it is a pest weed. A sign by a patch of it on the Natchez Visitor Center grounds said that kudzu will wrap itself around poles, other plants, buildings, even you if you stand still long enough.
So don't forget to keep moving when you're in the Southeast!