Time to come home! Or rather time to post a few highlights of our last trip while still relatively fresh in my mind !
In Natchez, we began our 444 mile trek up the modern day parkway that parallels the original Natchez Trace. Just like the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Natchez Trace Parkway was constructed during the depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is part of the National Park System. Worn by hundreds of years of travel by wildlife, native hunters, French explorers and eventually farmers returning home after floating their crops and products down the Mississippi in flatboats, it was an important wilderness road. The road today makes a peaceful ride, with no trucks and light tourist and local traffic. The southern sections are smooth, straight and scenic (almost to the point of becoming boring!). Historic markers and points of interest are many. There was no way we could stop at them all and still make it home in the time we had. The National Park Service has a great map that we used to determine where to stop.