Smooth sailing in our holiday travel so far. I am posting this from Paducah, KY this morning where it is sunny and chilly (40 degrees). We spent yesterday in TN driving north from FL to IL for Thanksgiving with family. We discovered the Natches Trace!!! Have you driven it? Wow. We got lucky with some sunshine and 60 degree temps. We picked it up near Colbert's Ferry, Alabama and then drove 150 miles north from there toward Nashville. So we have a lot to explore south of there some other day.
Lots and lots of fantastic history along this trail and even though it's too late in the season for much color...it still was very pretty with some leaves still clinging on in shades of vermillion and scarlet lake and aliz crimson...now and then a bright gamboge yellow tree would jump out and delight our eyes. We stopped to watch tumbling little brooks with waterfalls that would not have been visable if the leaves were still on. Serendipity. Among other historic facts about this "trace", Meriwether Lewis died along this trail when he was only 35 years old and we stopped to visit his grave site. I did a little journal entry here while we ate a picnic lunch under some cedar trees. We should get to West Chicago for our holiday tonight and I am in charge of baking THREE pies tomorrow morning!!! Happy Turkey Day.