Monday, April 24, 2017

Natchez Trace

We took a little jaunt on the Natchez Trace, 
which was a historic trail from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez Mississippi.  

 Once used by Indians & pioneers for trade, its now 444 mile National Parkway.

A well known landmark along the Trace is the Natchez Trace bridge,
 an award winning cathedral arch bridge in Tennessee.

There are several ancient Indian mounds along the parkway.

Meriwether Lewis is buried in Tennessee along the Trace.

And you can still hike some sections of the original trace pathway,
taking a walk back in time.

You can explore a cypress swamp 

And visit a historic stand, which offered shelter to those walking the trial years gone by.

The Natchez trace is a beautiful and historic tour of the past.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Indiana Wildflowers

 Dutchman's Breeches

 Rue Anemone

 Spring Cress

Virginia Bluebells

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sittin' On Her Nest

This Canadian goose chose a site along the creek to make a nest.
As I walked by, she tried to make herself inconspicuous.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Checking Out the Neighborhood

These Canadian geese are checking out the creek for a possible place to raise a family.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Feel for the Islands

You find out a lot about a place by the signs you see.
Some island attitude...

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Snorkeling in the Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands National Park is known for its snorkeling & scuba diving.
The park didn't disappoint!

 A school of blue tangs

 A stoplight parrotfish

 Some sergeant major fish hiding in the coral

 A porcupine fish

A smooth trunkfish

 Three different fish

A trumpetfish

Yellowtail snappers

And this thrilling creature, a spotted eagle ray floating gently underneath me!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Off to the Carribbean

In our quest to see all 59 national parks,
we picked Virgin Islands National Park for January.

Good idea, huh?
This is Trunk Bay in the park, listed on many sites
 as one of the top ten beaches in the world.

The visitor center.
The park takes up about 2/3 of the island of St. John.

You can camp in the park,
but since its only accessible by ferry, you may want to try glamping, 
so you don't have to lug all your stuff along!

In addition to all the water activities you can do here,
you can also visit the old sugar mill ruins.

There are many hikes too.
You might see some giant termite nests in the mangroves.

But the beach is what this park is all about!
What a fun place to visit in winter!