My favorite thing about French Camp, Mississippi isn’t that it’s steps from the Natchez Trace. I don’t care about the historic cabins. The Big Willie doesn’t incite that ‘special hunger.’

I can find other ways to get busy.

In French Camp, it’s as simple as lying on my back. Outside. On a blanket in the grass. Big Willie is optional.

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Because I have stars. Billions and billions of stars.

I’m convinced French Camp spun from the center of the Milky Way and collided with central Mississippi. Stars watched in wonder. They lent their energy to French Camp’s trajectory. A shimmering trail of light and smoke fireworked across the sky and partied in one of the darkest places in North America. On a moonless night, one might witness the origin of the universe. The dawn of Time. The map of secret places.

All whilst flat on her back.
Under the stars.

It’s no accident that Rainwater Observatory is located in French Camp. Every year, they host the Midsouth Star Gaze and invite astronomers both amateur and professional to experience the night sky through largest array of telescopes in the Southeastern United States. They also host school groups, university classes and scouting teams, in addition to providing monthly programs for the general public.

If you’re traveling the Trace and planning to overnight at French Camp, check Rainwater’s event calendar.

You might discover your own star.

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