Friday, April 11, 2008

Stormy Weather

Grey skies greet us this morning but no rain. The fridge is still on and we're the second ones out of camp. A few miles on the road and we see our first turkey, one of four we will see today.

 The fresh, white dogwood blossoms stand out brilliantly against the dark green of the roadside forest. Another beautiful day.

Seeing a sign for an information center, we leave the Trace and pull into the Kosciusko, Mississippi Museum and information Center. It is here that we discover Kosciusko is the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey. We learn that she has made a continuing financial commitment to this area. Darkening skies, wind gusts and heavy rain soon hurry us on our way. We feel safe as our weather radios tell us the major force of the storm and sighted tornadoes is to the South East of us. Good that we left camp early as we passed through that area only one hour ago. The surrounding countryside is rich in American Indian history, especially the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Natchez Nations. Numerous ceremonial and burial mounds and an early Chickasaw village site can be visited. Several civil War battlefields and historical sites are along the way.

We visited the graves of 13 unknown Confederate soldiers and called it a day as the skies finally cleared when we pulled in to Piney Grove Camp on Bay Springs Lake.

Tomorrow will be mostly highway driving until we get to The Land Between The Lakes, a strip of land between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, where we will spend our last night on the road before arriving at Greencastle, Indiana and Judy's sister's house. Our last camp will be with the Corp Of Engineers at Canal Campground on Lake Barkley.

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1 comment:

Snail Mail Art said...

sounds like things are going smoothly. what beautiful countryside we have here in the us. i do love the dogwoods and bradford pear trees. thank you for the lovely pictures, i truely enjoy reading and looking...keep it up please, loving it all indeed!