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Delta is not named after a delta

The Mississippi alluvial flood plain to Faulkner's Home

sunny 56 °F

Mississipians refer to the fertile flood plain of their river as 'The Delta'. Flooding over thousands of years has left behind up to twenty feet of topsoil making the region one of the most fertile in the world. Further known for its jazz and blues tradition, B.B. King and other influential musicians call the Delta home. For the last century the Big Muddy has been contained by levees and farmers have principally grown cotton, corn, wheat, and catfish. The actual Mississippi River delta is hundreds of miles south as the waters now dump much more of its sediment out into the Gulf of Mexico.

It turns out that Delta airlines first began as a crop dusting crew seeking to exterminate the boll weevil infestation of cotton crops in the area. Though widely recognized as the name of the region, it seems a confusing misnomer for Yankees. Regardless, we are flying to Bogotá on vouchers we received from the airline after volunteering to fly out the next day on an overbooked flight. My family was headed to Mississippi in August 2010 for my grandparents 70th wedding anniversary and 90th birthday party (impressive to say the least). After Delta offered $500 in vouchers we (two brothers and gf) jumped at the opportunity and were given our own hotel rooms (w/ king size beds!) meal vouchers and sent out on the first flight in the morning. Not a bad deal. The day before these vouchers expired this past August Amy and I found tickets from New York to Bogotá for $527 each. My younger brother was at soccer camp and unable to redeem his so we bought his off him and ended up having to pay Delta $54 for our pair of one-way tickets!

We drove through Oxford, MS and stopped at William Faulkner's house. I juggled a soccer ball around the grounds and we took a quick self tour through the interesting and beautiful home before getting back on the road north to Tennessee.

Posted by tltisme 19:10 Archived in USA Tagged farming faulkner

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