Natchez Trace Part 1

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Goshen Springs Campground

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd

Today we got up headed over to the office to pay for our site the previous night and then went for a run. The park had a lake in it so we thought it might have some trails around the park that we could run on. When Jared went to pay he asked and the lady said no but we could run through the Frisbee golf course which was all throughout the woods, so we decided to try that out. It was a pretty rigorous run through the woods. Most of it had a trail to and from each different hole on the course, but some of the trails did have some big logs we had to jump over and it was up and down hills. I was pretty winded by the end, but we made it through.

Once we got all showered up we hit the road to head in to downtown Tupelo, MS. For those of you that don't know Tupelo, MS is the birthplace of Elvis. We decided that we probably learned enough about Elvis in Graceland so we skipped the house he grew up in and the museum with it.  There was an Elvis Driving Tour, which included the Tupelo Hardware Store.  We needed to get some copies of our keys made so we stopped in.  Unfortunately they didn’t have the blank for the main key that we needed (it was bent and almost breaking), but they suggested we head to a little place I think was called Miller’s Safe and Locks.  They were a little shop and were very helpful.

After getting our keys made we headed to the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center to pick up a map for the parkway.  For those of you that don’t know the Natchez Trace Parkway parallels the old trace, which basically started out as a series of hunter’s paths that slowly formed from the Mississippi River over the low hills into the valley of the Tennessee River.  The map points out all sorts of different stops at different mileposts.  Most of the stops are just pull outs with a sign to tell you about what used to be there.  Some of the stops had hiking trails we could check out though.  Some of the places we stopped included a section of the Old Trace that we were able to walk on, a trail through Tupelo – Baldcypress Swamp (the only wildlife we saw was a small toad), and the Ross Barnett Reservoir Overlook.  We decided to stay the night at a campground near the reservoir Goshen Springs.  It was a pretty nice campground and most of the sites had full time people staying in them.  We got all set up and spent the night hanging out.
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Jen, I love your Elvis shirt. You have become quite the Elvis fan, I see.

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