Oxford, Mississippi and Willam Faulkner

For my second installment of “Awesome Adventures with my Mother-In-Law” I will be telling you about my trip to Oxford, Mississippi.  We started out early in the morning with our fellow adventurers, Gwen and Camile, in our trusty Nissan Altima (which turned out to be not so trusty as the day progressed, but I’ll get to that later).  Oxford is home to Ole Miss, all things William Faulkner, and a ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY. That’s right.  Chocolate covered apples, strawberries, and cinnamon bears are the perfect way to start a girls day out.  Take it from me. We also drove around campus, which was absolutely gorgeous.  For some reason I ended up only taking pictures of things with the Ole Miss logo plastered on, like stadiums and water towers…
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Oh well!  Next we headed to the Square for lunch and some window shopping.  We visited Square Books, which was one of the coolest book stores I have ever been to. We ate at Boure and it was delicious.

Oxford Mississippi SquareLunch at BoureSquare BooksThese people in Oxford really take their Faulkner seriously.  There is even a statue of him in the square sitting on a bench and smoking his pipe.  To find out what all the fuss was about we headed to Rowan Oak for a tour of his home, where I learned everything I never knew about the author…which was nothing before this trip.  I am a little ashamed to admit that I have never read anything by him.  I am EVEN MORE ashamed to admit that wandering around his house inspired me to start reading “As I Lay Dying” and half way through I found out that there is a movie being made…and I thought, why not wait for the movie?….

Here are some pictures of his beautiful home.

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As we left Oxford, feeling pretty good about our fun day and our peaceful stroll through Rowan Oak, something was amiss.  My mother-in-law’s poor little car was sputtering a bit.  We got on the freeway and it would not go over 20 miles per hour. So we turned back to Oxford, where the car completely gave up at the top of a hill.  I should say “close to the top”, because we ended up getting out and pushing it the rest of the way and into a parking lot.  Imagine three girls in sandals and shoes with no traction pushing a car uphill.  Yeah…we rocked it!  We ended our adventure by napping on the couches in an air conditioned hospital lobby (hey, shopping and eating all day is hard work!), while waiting for our knight in shining armor to come and rescue us.

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Thanks Mom for sharing a great adventure and having such a good attitude about your car giving up the ghost two hours from home! 🙂