Loving gulf shores, AL

Not much to write, just happy to be away from Wintertime.  Celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary and feeling pretty blessed.

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After last Feb, this anniversary was pretty special.  We took a ride and found this beautiful beach bar and had to have a bloody mary (or two)….

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And then fresh oysters for dinner.

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Love the white sandy beaches, especially when it’s snowing at home

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Hope every one had a blessed Thanksgiving.  Moving to Destin, Florida on Monday where we will be for two months. Dan will be getting some checkups and some tests so we’ll be stationary for two months.  Loved this gulf shore area so we will definitely be back someday.  Kris

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Tupelo MS – Trace state Park

Trace State Park – what a beautiful setting on a lake with full hook ups.  We were only going to spent a few nights here but stayed a week.  We did take a 40 mile trek into Oxford, MS to get Bailey groomed at a petsmart. Oxford is home to Ole Miss college and they have a very cool downtown Square with shops and bars but traffic was horrible due to a football game so we didn’t stay any longer than her grooming appt.

From Trace State Park we spent some time at the following stops on the Trace:

Confederate Grave sitesconfederate graves

20 mile bottom overlook20 mile overlook 2 20 mile overlook 1Looking down onto old trace sunken path

Hiking at Chickasaw Villagechickasaw hike 1

Of course Tupelo is Elvis’s birthplace so we had to stopElvis birthplace

And a few pic’s of Trace State Park in Tupelo:trace state park 2trace state park 1trace state park

After a week in Tupelo we headed to Brandon, MS outside of Jackson, MS.  After 350 miles of “wooded” Natchez Trace it breaks out of the woods along Ross Barnett Reservoir. jackson msjackson ms 2

We stopped at the Reservoir overlook:overlook

We stayed 3 nights at Timberlake State Park but my favorite part of our Jackson, MS stopover was Cypress Swampcypress swamp 5cypress swamp 4cypress swamp 6

Now on to Natchez State Park and the final 110 miles of this beautiful Parkway….

The Natchez Trace – Our slow trek to a warm winter place

We left Land Between the Lakes and headed to the Natchez Trace.  All backroads today, no highways, 120 miles…..just the kind of short day we like.

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This is just after getting on the Trace.

10414509_10204237543351270_7557190952715704946_n  The Natchez Trace goes 440 miles from Nashville to Natchez, Ms.  No commercial vehicles are allowed on the trace so NO semi’s and the speed limit is only50 mph so you just enjoy the view.  The area is rich in history and there are lots of neat stops along the way. No billboards, no gas stations, no carryouts,  so pack a lunch, lots of  pull offs and great views.  Here are a few…

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1234695_10204251329055904_6803612372858249667_nA pic of the Jackson’s at Jackson Fall’s ( thanks Krya)

and a view of the falls

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We boondocked (camping with no hookups)  for 4 nites at the Meriweather Lewis campground where our friend Kyra was camping also.  We also got to meet up with Malia Lane who is traveling the Trace (in her motorhome) writing about the Trace for Motorhome Magazine.  We really enjoy meeting up with other full timers and had a wonderful visit around the campfire. Hopefully we meet up with Malia farther down the Trace later this week.

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After 4 nites it was time to move on and we headed on down the trace, passing through Alabama

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Another short day, 130 miles to Tupelo, MS.  We are at Trace State Park (full hook ups) since we are gonna have a few chilly nights and the cold isn’t good for either one of us. So we are cozy and warm here for the next week, temps will be back in the 70’s Monday, then we’ll head out Friday.  yep, drive 130 miles, stay a week….that’s how we roll.  below is the new camp, i’ll get a better pic later as this was late in the day when we got here….

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Thank you all again for the wonderful heartfelt prayers for Dan.  We are blessed to be able to head south and get him away for the winter.  Between his heart, COPD, and the paralysis in his right hand, cold weather is the worst for him. Thanks for following along and indulging me on making this journal/blog.  Kris