Back in the South

We really didn’t expect to go to Seattle from the southeast, but that’s what we’re doing!

We didn’t spend a lot of time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park because we had been there before. We got on the road Monday morning and drove west. We did notice, however, that the great Smoky Mountains have a lot of kudzu coverage. We saw old abandoned cabins covered with kudzu. If they could only get some pigs in there to graze….*

We saw lots of this kudzu on the road just outside of the park.

We proceeded westward through Tennessee and made it to the Natchez Trace Parkway. We drove the beginning miles of the parkway in January of 2020, from Natchez, Mississippi to Vicksburg. This time we drove near the end of the 444 mile road and overnighted at the Meriwether Lewis Campground. The campground marks the spot where Lewis died and was buried. ** The Natchez Trace Parkway holds many stories over hundreds of years but is not well known.

We intended to overnight here in Ethridge, Tennessee, but it was mid afternoon and the road noise was loud and the store was closed. So we moved on down the Natchez Trace Parkway.

* Last October we overnighted at an organic pig farm. The owner told us that pigs left to eat from the land will eat lots of stuff, including kudzu.

**After visiting Fort Clatsop Near Astoria, Oregon in October 2019, we were very interested in learning more about the Lewis and Clark expedition. We spent many many hours on our trip listening to the story, Undaunted Courage. Meriwether Lewis‘s demise is discussed in detail. He had a gunshot wound to the head, and it is supposed it was self-inflicted, but no one can say for sure.

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  1. There is a kangaroo conservation center here in Georgia. We were fortunate enough to visit when it was still open to the public. It turns out that kangaroos love kudzu. Who knew?


    1. I’ve been thinking about your comment, and wondering if we should release kangaroos into the wild to eat the kudzu. I hear that the kangaroos in Australia come into highway accidents just like the deer in this country. Probably not a good idea.


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