This was not really a vacation or trip… it was work on the motorhome. Per our CCR we cannot have the motorhome in our yard more than 24 hours at a time, so what can a person do, but go to Thousand Trails (TT) for a couple of weeks and work on it! This site is along the Natchez Trace Parkway, part of the Federal Park system, which is a roadway from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN.
The motorhome has been in storage on the Trace for the last six months and we needed to get it in shape. The last time we used it, it was to move. We had not cleaned it since then, and we needed to restock it. The opportunity came when there was not much going on, so we decided to take two weeks in the motorhome to get it ready for when we really can go out in it. So, except for the Wednesdays of each week that we had appointments, we were able to go out and enjoy the camp. Bruce and Cheryl came to visit on Saturday on the motorcycle, and Andy and Karyn came on Memorial day with Hailey and Kelly 🙂
After seven years, there were several maintenance jobs that we had on the list including closet door latches, molding reattachment(and replacement with larger molding),
fixing fallen drawers, replacement of kitchen faucet, cleaning and waxing outside, and general cleaning including cleaning the carpet inside. The priority job was when the water was turned on, black water came running out below the kitchen sink. The charcoal filter had frozen and cracked! What a mess! With the list we had, we expected to work the whole time! But being retired, we have no time to rush! We still have molding replacement and fallen drawers to do. Not bad!
We also visited Hohenwald, a small town close to the Natchez Trace. We toured the museum there that included the fourth largest big game trophy collection in the western hemisphere. It also included a great display of eggs and information on Meriweather Lewis, of Lewis and Clark. The site of his death and burial is along the Trace, about 14 miles from the camp.
We found the most beautiful falls along the Trace!
They were in two tiers and just absolutely gorgeous. Since it had rained for two and a half days prior to our hike, I think they were even more full of water and thus larger than usual.
Another short hike found an abandoned Phosphate Mine.
I think the highlight of our most recent adventure was our “3-hour” canoe ride.
We had gone on a canoe ride once before together about 20 years ago. So this was only the second time we had been in a canoe. We followed the lake to where it became a river, passing a lot of roots (even getting stuck on top of roots at one point). Of course, we came to a fallen tree crossing the river, but that did not mean we needed to turn around! We did not have our trusty winch, but that did not stop Paul from getting through!! We stopped to have lunch along the way, “wading” on shore through muds that literally sucked in our feet up to our ankles.
This is just an hour away! We really feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful area. We love our new home state!!