Saturday, March 12, 2011

Me and Mr. Lewis

Good morning sunshine - it's good to see you!

Pulled out of Nashville about 4pm Friday and eased my way through the early part of rush hour out Highway 100 and entered the northern end of the Natchez Trace.  After a short stop at the entrace sign to take pix we were on our way.  Gus rode in the car with The Glimmer Goddess who followed  behind me in the Seeker.  And it was gorgeous all the way down to mile post 384 where we dry camped for the night at Merriweather Lewis Park.  Along the way I saw one woodchuck, 4 turkeys, and 3 deer which I was able to stop for as they darted across the road.  A pretty day brings out everyone!

The temps got up in the high 60s yesterday and daffodills are blooming everywhere.  We noticed a lot of new construction and even new plantings all along the way.  There was a lot of destruction through this area in last year's floods.  We stopped at Merriweather Lewis to camp for the night and were surprised to see we had lots of company until we were reading in The Lewis County Herald about the antique fair in Hohenwald this weekend.  Now it makes sense. 

I love this park which I found through my love for my husband who grew up here in Lewis County.  On the way to pick up the grandkids later this morning we will stop by The Old Swiss Cemetery to visit with my love who died 5 years ago this week.  He would be thrilled to know I'm still in love with Merriweather Lewis park.  And he would be excited to see all the new work going on here.  New "old" split rail fences have been erected to replace ones washed away in the flood and a new walking trail is being laid.  There's a new information center near Lewis' grave that replicates Grinder's Inn where Lewis was murdered or committed suicide depending on which version you believe.  It's a gorgeous park and the campsites are deep in the woodsy part of the park with lots of birds and deer.  It was so warm here last night that we didn't run the generator at all.  Just snuggled down in our quilts and let the night birds sing us to sleep. 

We will be pulling up stakes and leaving in a little while to pick up the grandkids and take them camping at Mousetail Landing State Park tonight: hotdogs, s'mores, campfire, and ghost stories of course!  Looking forward to it!

1 comment:

  1. Good for you. It sounds like you are going to have a blast. You will love Mousetail Landing. Use those State Parks.