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... several there all staring at us as we walk by! Apparently though the 'gators are not like crocodiles. Where crocodiles are dangerous and likely to attack, these southern gators tend to swim away. Well, that is what we are told but I'm not game to go swimming to test the theory!
There are some really lovely spots to pull over along the Trace and for the history buffs, plenty of historical markers ...
... warm for wet weather gear. Temperature was between 83F and 87F today and very humid. We stopped off at Tupelo where Elvis was born they have restored the house he was born in and moved the church he used to go too and built ...
... read the signs. There were all good history lessons. We also stopped at the Cypress Swamp to walk through the swamp and marvel at the cypress trees, the tupelo, and their "knees". What a wonder!
At the end of the day, we got to the Natchez Trace Parkway ranger station. They had a very good short film about the history of the Trace and some interactive displays about the way people used this region to form the Trace's beginning ...
... during peak seasons. Most of the time we went miles before seeing other human life. There were many stops along the way so I'll only provide highlights.
Cypress Swamp (mile 122) - a trail around the swamp. Water so still you could see the reflections of the trees as if the swamp was a mirror.
Old Trace (mile 198) - remnants of the trace showing how narrow and isolated the trail could be. Imagine traveling ...
... 75), beginning a musical legend. The story goes that Elvis wanted a .22 rifle but as a concerned and protective parent, Gladys didn't want to buy it. One of the store's employee handed Elvis a guitar, who strummed it and decided he wanted it instead. This old hardware store is vintage Americana. Visitors are very welcome, as ...