Slow and Easy on Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway

Slow and Easy on Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway

While you’re on the quiet, slow-paced Natchez Trace Parkway drive, try to imagine that walking was how people traveled this route until just a few decades ago. In 1810 alone, 10,000 Americans trudged north from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee, and then home to the Midwest. Whether from Kentucky, Ohio or Pennsylvania, they were called “Kaintucks.” They had floated commodity-laden riverboats down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to Natchez or New Orleans, sold their goods, dismantled their boats for lumber and headed home by foot. Their more-than-500-mile trek on the Natchez Trace took about 35 days –…Read more
Arkansas’ Big Dam Bridge: The Longest Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge in America

Arkansas’ Big Dam Bridge: The Longest Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge in America

 Top photo by Chris Bradley My husband, Michael, has never been a big fan of bridges. He doesn’t have full-blown gephyrophobia (a fear of bridges), but he has been known to drive out of his way to avoid overly long or sketchy-looking bridges in his day. So, imagine my surprise when he said he’d accompany me to the Big Dam Bridge when we visited Little Rock, Arkansas recently.  I mean, we’re talking about a 4,226 foot span that rises to 90 feet over the Arkansas River. That may not seem like a long distance…if…Read more