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Riding the Natchez Trace

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I haven’t taken a vacation in a very long time.

This week I’m riding with a motorcycle buddy. We’re headed out for 6 days and 5 nights riding our motorcycles and camping out. The route will circle from Chattanooga, Nashville, the Natchez Trace, New Orleans, Dolphin Island, and Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and back through Alabama to Chattanooga. She is a professional Archeologist and a facinating woman. I love to listen to her take on the places we will visit. I’m thankful to call her my buddy. LOL

The trip starts riding down the Natchez Trace Trail.  Historically it was a rustic trail the Native Americans used for trade and travel. Lewis and Clark traveled the trail on their explorations. It is a 450 mile trail that is described by the federal park service as “lifeline through the old southwest”. It is designated as a national scenic trail. We’ll camp along the way and visit various historic cites. The trail is rustic and you have to travel away from the trail for gas and civilization. 

Meriwether Lewis died and is buried in a place called Grinder’s Stand along the Natchez Trace. Story has it:

“On September 3, 1809, Lewis set out for Washington, D.C., where he hoped to resolve issues regarding the denied payment of drafts he had drawn against the War Department while serving as the first American governor of the Louisiana Territory. Some accounts say he carried his journals with him for delivery to his publisher. Lewis intended to travel to Washington by ship from New Orleans, but changed his plans while en route down the Mississippi from St. Louis. He decided to make an overland journey via the Natchez Trace and then east to Washington. The Natchez Trace was the old pioneer road between Natchez, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee. On October 10, 1809, Lewis stopped at an inn on the Natchez Trace called Grinder’s Stand, about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Nashville. After leaving dinner, he went to his bedroom. In the predawn hours of October 11, the innkeeper heard gunshots. Servants found Lewis badly injured from multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head. He died shortly after sunrise.” (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meriwether_Lewis)

Was it murder or suicide?

We plan on touring New Orleans and the french quarter. Can you say

Beignets Baby!~

Then we’ll travel the coastline and hit the beaches along the way. We have a ferry ride planned.

I’m going to take about 10,000 pictures. I’m going to put my face in the wind, feel the sunshine on my back and enjoy being alive. I’m going to bask in the gratitude of living.

I’m going to appreciate the Earth and the blessings of her bounty. I’m going to be grateful for friendship and the love of comrades.

There is a lot of time to think in the solitude of riding a motorcycle.

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Perhaps we all need that. Stop and think. Give some consideration to protecting and preserving mother Earth. There are little changes that we can each make that will help. Walk a little longer. Consolidate trips. Drink from a re-useable container. I’m sure you’ve heard it all.  So come on! Make those changes.

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I like shiny things and I can not lie. 

I revel in costume jewelry probably more than diamonds and rubys. I’m not exactly sure why. If I lose a $4. necklace of glass beads I am sad and miss the enjoyment I might have wearing it. But if I’d lost a $4000. diamond necklace…well somehow the stakes are different.

What on Earth does this have to do with Earth Day? LOL

Well, the Earth has many treasures that are beautiful to enjoy and have gratitude for. From the massive redwoods on the California coast, to the gigantic quarts deposits deep in the mountains of Tennessee and on to the lovely shells and sand dollars along the beaches of Florida. My oldest is in Japan. She has found a sand dollar there and somehow I feel closer to her than the other side of the world. She told me Japan is known for its coastal sea glass. Who would have thought? Somehow we treat Earth like that glass necklace instead of the diamond one.

We have only one Earth. Our home is not disposable and if we aren’t careful our decisions will take something irreplaceably precious and destroy it.

Love this song by Ann Reed, “Styrofoam” about a roach named Philip and Sue. Ann Reed is a genius folk singer songwriter. Check her out.

Lyrics   Styrofoam    words & music: Ann Reed

There was a roach named Billy & a roach named Sue
& they found the perfect home just made for two
It was styrofoam, oh styrofoam
& they moved right in – 1,2,3
& started their cockroach family

Now the kids came along there were boys & girls
& the little roaches asked if the whole world
Was always styrofoam, oh styrofoam
Momma started the tales from Grampa’s days
Said, “You’re right it wasn’t always this way.

See, they used to have things called buildings
& the humans had somethin’ called a house
& it’ll shock you all to hear this
They used to gas us to move us out.”

Now the little roaches shivered but momma just smirked
“The humans tried but it didn’t work
But they made styrofoam, oh my kind of home
Now the humans had things that they called brains
& how they worked I could never explain

See, they needed clean air for breathin’
& clean water to keep ’em alive
& if you want the truth of what happened
They all committed suicide

Now you can rest easy ’cause they’re no longer around
To try out their poisons & hunt us down
We’re safe in styrofoam, oh styrofoam
& tomorrow we’ll see if we can find
Some good ol’ plastic for a brand new slide.”

© 1991 Turtlecub Publishing

Song Length
3:10
Genre
Folk – Alternative 

Lyric Credits Ann Reed
Music Credits Ann Reed
Publisher Credits Turtlecub

 

Rebel Ink Press Earth Day Blog Hop

Hi everyone welcome to the Earth Day Blog Hop.

**raises hand** Hello my name is Eden and I am a book lover.  Yes, I love the feel of a cherished book in my hands, I love the crisp feel of pages as they turn. I adore the smell of libraries, book stores. The visual display of shelf after shelf of books makes me giddy.  My dream room is swoon worthy. The castle library from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast would en’trance me and hold me willing captive. (((hangs head – sigh)))

I was part of the generation who said these “Gol darn new fangled electronic books that you could read on some kinda computer or phone or whachamagiggie” grumble grumble “They are a passing phase like eight track tapes…. It won’t last.”

Weight that out against a business conference I went too BEFORE e-books.  I would stuff my carry on with about 7 books to make it through the five day conference. I then often bought a couple more books while I was out there.

The time had to come. My house isn’t big enough for all the books I love. It is nigh on impossible to carry all the books I desire to read while I travel. I love the privacy of no one being able to see the cover of the juicy little naughty tid bit I’ve chosen for this afternoon’s reading adventure. I converted to the worship of eb00ks.

That doesn’t remove the sensual pleasure I have touching a book. But I’m a practical kinda girl.

And on the serious side, pulp, paper and book production can be a horrible polluter. Just drive through certain sections of GA and the Carolina’s near a Pulp mill.  Ewwwww what a rank aroma.  Imagine wet sour dog food. Tons of it.  That is a close approximation of the smell of a wood pulp mill.

So celebrate Earth Day with me and the crew of Rebel Ink Press.  Go on over there and visit some of the other RIP authors.

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The blog hop runs the 22 through the 26th. So I’ll share some tidbits with you about the various books I have available via the Ebook format. Save a tree, Read an E-Book.

I am finding that the words are equally delicious and enjoyable even without the pages in my hands. LOL

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