The perfect picnic starts with that perfect spot. Mississippi Palisades State Park is one of those places. We usually keep it simple by packing pre-made sandwiches, chips, fruit, and water in an easy to carry cooler.
Don’t let bugs ruin your picnic. Try this home-made insect repellant: 1/2 tablespoon citronella oil, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, and 5 tablespoon aloe vera gel. Combine all ingredients in a zip-lock bag, and mash. Then just smear a thin layer on skin. Just say NO to products containing deet.
Invest in some collapsible mesh food covers to keep ants from invading your fare. They have some really nice ones at organizeIt.com
Keep a travel pack of baby wipes with you for dirty hands, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
Here’s a nice home-made recipe for sunscreen: Small tube of zinc oxide (Find it by the diaper rash cream), 8 ounces coconut oil, and 2-3 drops essential oil or your choice. (optional) Personally I like orange. Squirt the entire tube of zinc oxide into a large ziplock bag. Add the oils and seal the bag. Mix and mash the bag until you have a nice creamy mixture. Apply generously.
Enjoy your picnic!
Palisades is the word used to describe a line of lofty, steep cliffs usually seen along a river, and Mississippi Palisades, 3 miles north of Savanna in Carroll County, handsomely lives up to its name. Caves are evident as are dangerous sink holes-limestone caves that go straight down. Erosion has carved intriguing rock formations, including Indian Head, with its aquiline characteristics, and Twin Sisters, a pair of humanoid figures on the bluff tops. The U.S. Interior Department recognized the remarkable nature of this area when in 1973 it designated acreage here as a national landmark.
Wooded ravines, whose brilliant hues splash the cliffs with color each autumn, dissect the unglaciated terrain. Ferns, dot the deep ravines, while in the park’s northern region, leaves of the white birch ripple in the wind. Each spring and summer the valleys and slopes are dappled with the blooms of trillium, bluebell, lobelia, shooting star and yellow ladies’ slipper.
Animal life, within the park and the river areas immediately adjoining it, is varied. Waterfowl and shorebirds are numerous, as are wild turkeys. Striking pleated woodpeckers make their home in the park, and depending on ice conditions, eagles feed at the river in January and February. Because so many birds migrate along the river, their lyrical songs can be heard at the Mississippi Palisades each spring and fall.
But not all that’s fascinating about Mississippi Palisades’ wildlife is in the skies. White-tailed deer, gray squirrel, skunk, muskrat and weasel can be viewed in the park, as can mink, gray and red fox, woodchuck and, even occasionally, badger.