Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Brrrrr, it's cold! You know it's cold when you find the kitties snuggled up. G and I have been pinned by cats the last few nights when we are sleeping. It's going to be cold all this week and my friend Dorie is coming for a visit and we were planning on going hiking and camping. I decided on the Natchez Trace area. The town of Natchez is cute, and there's hiking all around. But camping? With freezing temps? Hmmm... we may end up in a BnB or cabin at a camp ground. I looked into camping at Homochitto National Forest but some where I read that booze is not allowed in the state park. Camping in the freezing cold with no booze?? I've had friends tell stories of canoeing in Mississippi and having to pour out beer when confronted with the law. Being discrete is key.

This thought let me to Google "dry counties" and Wikipedia came up with this map:

Three states, Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, are entirely dry by default: counties specifically must authorize the sale of alcohol in order for it to be legal and subject to state liquor control laws.
Reading over this, "dry" means no sale of alcohol. Is consuming or possessing it illegal? How would you know? I question the validity of having to pour out beer - is that because my friends were "operating a vehicle" (a canoe). Or were the cops just being jerks? (Imagine that) I'll take my chances. I'm going to take beer, wine and whiskey, so there! Maybe I'll buy a 6 pack of bud to be the decoy.

Happy New Year everyone!!!


Dave said...

The Natchez Trace was a good choice. I once spent four days driving the NT Parkway and camping at the roadside sites, which are free. The area is beautiful and there are a lot of nice places to stop along the way, including the house Elvis was born in, in Tupelo. Have fun, and be careful. And you might want to pour some vodka into a 7Up bottle as a backup, although you're a New Orleanian too and I'm sure I don't have to tell you that. Bundle up!

Adrastos said...

More camping? Yikes. It's dirty out there...

Charlotte said...

I grew up in MS and lived in a dry county. Of course, everybody knew who the bootleggers were plus there was a liquor store just over the county line called "Big Boys"...haha. I had my first taste of Boone Farms Strawberry wine from there. LOL!

The county is now wet for beer in grocery stores....but not cold and not for sale after midnight and on Sundays.

And "dry" means no to everything.....no sales, no consumption, no possession.

NOLA Cleophatra said...

Ah yes, Boone's Farm Tickled Pink. Brings back memories of prom night and my date puking over the balcony rail.

Thanks for clarifying "dry." Looking at the map we were in Adams county which is wet, but we brought our own booze anyway. Pearl River is where good canoing is and it's dry so that might explain the beer pouring out story.