Tupelo and the Natchez Trace Parkway

We hit the road for a shorter drive this time, to Tupelo, Mississippi. Just a couple hours, and uneventful, We found our campground before lunch, got all settled in (it’s so quick to set up the motorhome compared to the fifth wheel we had last year!) and took off for lunch nearby at Cracker Barrel. So nice to be near civilization again! For a little while, anyway. We stayed at the Campground at Barnes Crossing, a private campground. Our site was easy to into and out of and the campground is very well kept—lots of beautiful flowers and a quaint country cottage for an office, complete with a colorful garden in front.P6096326



Chad & I took advantage of having “babysitters” (sounds funny to say that, as big as our kiddos are getting) with us, and went out for date night at a Mexican restaurant. The next day, marathon Monday workday for Chad, while the rest of us went to explore the Natchez Trace Parkway. This is a beautifully maintained 444-mile parkway that runs between Natchez, in southern Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee (hitting a corner of Alabama for a bit along the way). It’s history is deep, with stories of Native American travelers, “postmen” carrying messages (pre-Pony Express) and civil war battles fought nearby. We drove about 50 miles of it, up to Cherokee Alabama.



The original trail (Trace).











We saw Indian Mounds:


And even climbed up one (this one was used for spiritual ceremonies, not burial):P6106406P6106407

We hiked a bit (we’ve been having trouble with bugs…ants, ticks, chiggers, so it was a short bit that we hiked):


And saw quite a variation in scenery as we drove along:


Of course, at the end of day (actually 5 minutes before closing time…), more badges! Yay!


Spunky Monkey had fun taking pictures along the way. Here are some of his (he takes his in manual mode, whereas I’m always looking for that “auto” button):


He doesn’t always get it quite right: Winking smile


which isn’t a problem, except then he asks me what to do differently (other than find the “auto” button). I think there might be some photography classes in his future. Maybe mine too!