Well, Its been awhile for sure. No offshore, or travel pictures lately, The Oil & Gas industry downturn ate 200,000 American Jobs (including mine). I have now returned to the University and Academia. I am the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Northern Gulf Institute at Mississippi State University www.ngi.msstate.edu and www.msstate.edu . While this does drastically impact my international travel. I will be working on Earth and Atmospheric Sciences as related to the Gulf of Mexico. This research will include Hurricanes and Severe Weather, Water Resources, and Geological Oceanography. It also allows me to live at home with my family and many of my friends. In the grand scheme of things it is my dream job, working with cool people and not being trapped in the Oil & Gas Industry.
Lonely Planet Says: "The state named for the most vital waterway in North America encompasses, appropriately enough, a long river of identities. Mississippi features palatial mansions and rural poverty; haunted cotton flats and lush hill country; honey-dipped sand on the coast and serene farmland in the north. Oft mythologized and misunderstood, this is the womb of some of the rawest history – and music – in the country"
Interestingly enough, I've lived in Mississippi the longest of anyplace in the U.S. and have gone to college here twice. My father is from a small delta town called Alligator near the infamous "Crossroads" and the city of Clarksdale...
Lonely Planet Says: "Clarksdale is the Delta’s most useful base. It’s within a couple of hours of all the blues sights, and big-name blues acts are regular weekend visitors. But this is still a poor Delta town, with crumbling edges and washed-out storefronts evident in ways that go beyond romantic dilapidation. It's jarring to see how many businesses find private security details a necessity after dark. On the other hand, there is a genuine warmth to the place, and most tourists in the region end up lingering for longer than they expected."
Roadside America has the following to say about "The Devil's Crossroads"
"This is "The Crossroads," the location where the legend says blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil for the ability to play a mean guitar. The Crossroads has continued to gain popularity in music ("Highway 61," "Crossroads," "Cross Road Blues," "Highway 49," etc) and in movies ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Crossroads," etc.).
Located at the corner of Highway 61 ("The Blues Highway") and Highway 49 in Clarksdale, MS, this is a definite photo stop for any follower of the blues, or rock & roll, for that matter. Some contend that the true crossroads is located at the intersection of Highways 8 and 1 in nearby Rosedale, but since it's nearby, go take a picture there too!
And in Clarksdale, adjacent to the Delta Blues Museum, is the Ground Zero Blues Club, a former cotton-grading warehouse from the early 1900's. Co-owned by Morgan Freeman, you can hear some great live Delta blues and chow down on some great southern grub, all in a venue considered to be one of the top 100 bars and nightclubs in America."