We had a lovely day driving along the Natchez Trace. Lizzie stayed put at the campground and we toured around in the truck. I don’t know what the traffic is usually like on the Trace, but I highly recommend the Fall as a time to see this part of the country. The trees are changing into their fall finery, the traffic is almost nil, and the sights delightful. Briefly (and copied directly from the Natchez Trace website )-
The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River to salt licks in today’s central Tennessee. Over the centuries, the Choctaw, Chickasaw and other American Indians left their marks on the Trace. The Natchez Trace experienced its heaviest use from 1785 to 1820 by the “Kaintuck” boatmen that floated the Ohio and Miss. rivers to markets in Natchez and New Orleans. They sold their cargo and boats and began the trek back north on foot to Nashville and points beyond. Today, visitors can experience this National Scenic Byway and All-American Road through driving, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping.
Lots of history and a very beautiful drive to boot!
Here’s the road at mile 399….
We took a side trip to Shiloh National Military Park – the site (again copied from the website-)
…the first major battle in the Western theater of the Civil War. The two-day battle, April 6 and 7, 1862, involved about 65,000 Union and 44,000 Confederate troops. This battle resulted in nearly 24,000 killed, wounded, and missing.
So many men lost their lives there. A very poignant visit.
The day was cool and a little drizzly – and it’s supposed to go down to the 40’s tonight. That down comforter will be just what the doctor ordered!