Monday, January 23, 2012

Lagniappe on The Natchez Trace

[While I spend time with my parents at the hospital as my dad recovers from his recent surgery, I am going to be featuring a few "reruns" of posts from the past. Please excuse me if you read them the first time around.]

The Natchez Trace Parkway runs from Natchez, Mississippi, to just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, a distance of 444 miles. It is a beautiful and relaxing drive and, living in Mississippi, we take advantage of its beauty any time we can.

On a trip home from a visit to Tennessee, a couple of years ago, we entered the Trace from Tennessee Highway 64, between Lawrenceburg and Waynesboro, Tennessee. A few miles down the Trace, we stopped at a rest area (Glenrock Branch at Mile Marker 364.5), and were delighted to see a little creek meandering its way between high limestone bluffs. I was absolutely thrilled, and couldn't wait to capture it all with my camera (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them, if you'd like).

There were several picnic tables at water's edge, and I can just picture it in the spring and summertime, with children wading in the creek while their parents enjoy the tranquility and beautiful scenery.

I loved this natural rock formation which looked, to me, like a picnic table made by God, with its tablecloth of bright green moss. Isn't it awesome!

This is another place I'm going to add to my "Go-Back-in-the-Spring-to-Photograph" List. I can just imagine redbuds and dogwoods in full bloom along the creek.

There are scenes like this all along the Natchez Trace, some of them visible from the road and some you have to look for ... but, believe me, they are well worth taking the time to see. If you live near the Trace or are planning a trip somewhere along its route, I hope you will take some time to explore it for yourself. It is such a beautiful and relaxing way to travel.


LindaG said...

Gorgeous pictures.
Hope your dad's recovery is quick. ♥

Dorothy said...

So glad you re-posted this because I must have missed it before!! These are great shots showing the beauty of the Trace. We really like travelling this road in any season...always something beautiful to see. Thanks!

RachelD said...

Even after this barely-three-weeks-of-Winter, I think our eyes and bodies are ready for signs of Spring.

Your pictures are perfect---just the promise of GREEN in that tanny landscape.

Hope all is still going well with you and your family,


Richard Cottrell said...

They are wonderful and I hope your father is so much better soon. Richard from My Old Historic House.

nancygrayce said...

With a memory like mine, I wouldn't remember if I did see them before, but they are beautiful!!!

Quick recovery for your dad!