The Block Island Times

Travels with Dodger

By Ray Torrey | Mar 28, 2013
Courtesy of: Ray Torrey

To our Block Island Friends,

Last Tuesday, March 12, found the three of us in Vicksburg, Miss. Wednesday morning we toured the military park were Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's army laid siege to the city after repeated failed attempts to storm it's formidable defenses. Then back on the two lane northward to make a luncheon date with Sue's second cousin in Greenwood. Through the rich Delta of the Mississippi, once planted with cotton but now with peanuts and soybeans, we arrived to a pleasant but short visit complete with good southern hospitality and food. Then on to Memphis, Tenn. to fulfill another fantasy.

A good while ago my son Matt told me never to pass up the chance to see Graceland if I had the chance, and Sue shared the sentiment. So, after dropping Dodger off at a local vet — dogs not being welcome — we went to the hallowed ground to pay homage to the "King." It was indeed a hoot, well worth the admission price. Then, after a brief spin around the downtown district, we crossed the Mississippi once more heading west into Arkansas and spending the night in the town of Conway.

Friday west on the interstate for an hour then northward through narrow, twisting roads to check out the Ozark Mountains. We arrived late afternoon in Fayetteville to spend two nights with old friends. Saturday we kicked back enjoying a day off.

Sunday we rolled out of Fayetteville in a cold rain (48 degrees) and south through Ft. Smith and southwest into Oklahoma. The rain stopped shortly before we reached Texas and by the time we arrived at our hotel in Dallas it was sunny and 79 degrees. We celebrated St. Patrick's Day with some excellent Tex-Mex and a few Guinesses.

Monday, after a stop to replenish Dodger's food supply, a cruise down Preston Road and a quick tour of the Kennedy Memorial in Dealy Plaza, we headed south on the interstate (there didn't seem to be an alternative) for the state Capitol, Austin. Sue's nephew and family live north of town and we were looking forward to the visit but first a stop at a local park to give Dodger a swim.

Tuesday, after a quick look at Austin, we went down to San Antonio and checked out the Alamo (see attached photo), had lunch on their beautiful Riverwalk, and then headed west through the Texas Hill country another 200 miles to the town of Del Rio on the Mexican border.

Stay tuned.



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