USA Days 21, 22 and 23

I’m back!  Can you believe it?  Life has dealt our family some blows over this last year and it has taken me out of commission.  But I am ready to try and post a little more regularly again.

My last post was almost a year ago!  I had been going over our trip to the USA in the fall of 2017.  I think I will continue with that trip for now.

On day 21 of our trip we headed from Louisiana to Mississippi.  It was a pretty uneventful day.  The bridge crossing over the Mississippi River was quite spectacular!  We ended our drive at a campground just off the Natchez Trace Parkway.  We were both excited to drive the bike along this beautiful and historic stretch of road.

The next morning we headed out on the bike expecting the weather to be miserable because Hurricane Nate was east of us.  Though we had a bit of rain in Natchez, the day was mostly either overcast or sunny.  The Natchez Trace Parkway generally follows the route that people and bison travelled hundreds of years ago.  In the 1930’s it was developed into the 2 lane road that it is today.  To begin with, we drove to Natchez at the south end of the Trace.  Our first stop was to get a few photos of Stanton Hall.  There are quite a few of these large historic homes in Natchez.

We also made a stop to get a good view of the Mississippi River.  It is really quite spectacular!

We had lunch in an old cotton warehouse and walked to a café to try their delicious beignets.

Our next stop was the Natchez City Cemetery.  Wow!  It was beautiful, filled with old headstones and Spanish moss.

We headed back up the Trace, making a few stops along the way this time.  We stopped at Emerald Mound (the second largest native ceremonial mound in the USA),

Mount Locust (the last of the original inns along the Trace),

Sunken Trace (where you can stand on a stretch of the original Trace),

And the Tupolo-Baldcypress Swamp.  This was the last stop of the day and it was fascinating.  These trees grow in the water forming an aquatic forest.

The next day we headed north up the Trace.  All along the parkway there are lush forests and vines.  We did start to see more patches of leaves changing into their autumn colours. 

We made a few stops checking out the forests and driving up to an overlook to check out the surrounding area.

We drove to mile marker 200 and then headed back to the campground.  The temperature was hot and humid in Mississippi even when overcast.  Kentucky is our next stop.