Flower Pot Tree, Minnie Pearl and Elvis Presley

April 15-21, 2018 — As we continue to migrate north spring keeps repeating itself.  As soon as the tree leaves fully appear we move north and the trees in our new location are just budding out. By the time we leave a week or two later they are fully leaved out. Since spring is our favorite season this is a good thing and by far it’s been the most enjoyable spring we’ve ever had. 

This week we spent two days at Piney Grove Corps of Engineers campground near Tishimingo, Mississippi and five days at Meriwether Lewis NPS campground near Hohenwald, Tennessee. Meriwether Lewis is a free boondocking campground right on the Natchez Trace. We took a day trip to Tupelo, Mississippi and another on the back roads of Tennessee. The remaining days were spent doing local hikes and enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings we were in. 

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Elvis Presley’s childhood home in Tupelo, Mississippi. He lived here until age 13 when his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee.

Statue of Elvis Presley at age 13 in Tupelo, Mississippi. 

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“Touch of Hand” Elvis Presley statue in downtown Tupelo, Mississippi. The statue,  designed to encourage people to touch Elvis’s hand, was modeled from a photograph taken during the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in 1956 depicting Elvis reaching out to touch the hands of adorning fans. 

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Our trek north along the Natchez Trace led us out of Mississippi and into Alabama. 

Bridge on the Natchez Trace over the Tennessee River in Alabama. 

The Alabama section of the Natchez Trace is only 33 miles long and quickly took us into Tennessee. 

The Meriwether Lewis Site along the Natchez Trace marks the famous explorer’s death and burial site.

Meriwhether Lewis Monument marking his grave site. The monument features a simple erect broken shaft reaching above the stone base symbolizing a life cut short. Numerous other pioneers are also buried there, many of which are unidentified. 

In America’s early national period, Meriwether Lewis was a towering figure. Selected by Thomas Jefferson to lead the expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase, he was later rewarded by Jefferson with the governorship of the entire Louisiana Territory. Yet within three years, plagued by controversy over administrative expenses, Lewis found his reputation and career in tatters. En route to Washington to clear his name, he died mysteriously in a crude cabin on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee.

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The Meriwhether Lewis Site also has a free boondocking campground. We had just enough room to fit between the trees with our Vegas. 

We just push trees out of our way when we need more room!!

A natural bouquet of beauty. 

The flower pot tree. Pretty wildflowers found growing out of a natural cavity in a tree.

Further up the trunk of the flower pot tree were many galls or burls which likely led to its demise. 

Exposed end-grain of a timber used in construction of a cabin at the Meriwhether Lewis burial site. Wonder how old the tree was that supplied this timber. 

This sign was no joke. There wasn’t a straight stretch of road for more than a few hundred feet on our entire ride on the back roads in Tennessee. 

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Minnie Pearl’s hometown of Centerville, Tennessee honors her with a chicken wire statue. The detail is amazing considering the material it is made from, especially her hat that is complete with the $1.98 price tag. “How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! I’m just so proud to be here!” 

We took several hikes along Little Swan Creek while at the Meriwhether Lewis campground. The trails are beautiful as they follow the creek and are covered with blooming wild flowers of assorted colors. 

Meriwhether Lewis campground was our last overnight stop along the Natchez Trace. We’ve highly enjoyed the time spent exploring the Trace and surrounding areas. Stay tuned for next week as we continue our travels north completing the last 60 miles of the Natchez Trace before stopping in Nashville and Clarksville, Tennessee. 

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