Monthly Archives: May 2017

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A quick day trip to Branson, Missouri

We’ve known a lot of people who’ve been to Branson Missouri, however, we’ve never been. And since Mansfield is only about 40 minutes from Branson, we decided to make a one-day trip to see what it was all about. After a bit of Googling, we decided to visit the Titanic Museum, have lunch and then see Sight & Sound production of MOSES. The Titanic museum was very interesting and we certainly learned a great deal about the history of this fateful ship.   After our visit to the Titanic, we decided to have some lunch. We’d heard good things about the […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Campground & Museum

As we worked our way northwestward, we decided that a stop at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Campground which is just across the road from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum. Stephanie has always been a tremendous fan of the Little House on the Prarie TV show, so it seemed like we should visit Laura’s home and museum in Mansfield, Missouri. The campground is on a hillside and has been there for a few years.  It is managed by a family that has owned the campground for a few years. They are very laid back and couldn’t have been more gracious […]

Bootheel Campground, Hayti, MO

After our Natchez Trace adventure, we decided to head northwestward toward Missouri. We had scheduled a stop at the Bootheel campground for a couple days. We arrived on Sunday and the office was closed, no one could be found, so we just picked an available site and made ourselves at home.  We only stayed the one night and as a place for a quick stop over the campground is adequate. 

Stephanie’s Gosling & the Natchez Trace

Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve, Hohenwald, TN ~ May14-21, 2017 We arrived at this park on Sunday, May 14. It is not too far off the Natchez Trace and it is quite remote. There are two Walmart’s, one is in Columbia which is about 45 minutes away. There is also a Mall and other stores and restaurants there. This park is a Thousand Trails park and was established in the 1980’s. It is spread out over many acres, I think at least 100 acres. There are 3 phases that were completed and more land that was never completed for camping sites. […]

Thousand Trails Natchez Trace Preserve, Hohenwald, TN

We continued north on the Natchez Trace Parkway stopping along the way and enjoying the scenic uncluttered parkway. Our trip from Tupelo sliced through the corner of Alabama and into Tennessee.  Due to an 11′ underpass at the Napier Rd exit, we continued north and near milepost 337 we exited onto highway 20 and proceeded back onto Napier road for about five miles south to arrive on a Sunday afternoon at the Thousand Trails Natchez Trace Preserve. We had booked a week long stay via their website months earlier. We have an Elite membership with Thousand Trails, and it has been a struggle to […]

Our visit to Tupelo, Mississippi

Tupelo was a pleasant surprise for us. I had recalled the name of Tupelo, mostly from an old Richard Pryor comedy routine which I’d heard thirty years ago. In the routine, he does his  “Mudbone” character and it went something like this: “I was born in Tupelo, you know where that is? No? Well, it’s just below “Onepelo””.  Oh well, who can explain the things that stick in your memory…LOL. Drumroll, I’d like to announce that Stephanie, my lifelong co-pilot has decided to write a bit of review of our travels.  So without further ado,  below is her write-up from our visit […]

Campground at Barnes Crossing, Tupelo, MS

About midway north, on the Natchez Trace Parkway, we booked a few nights at the Campground at Barnes Crossing.  We had emailed them via the contact info on their site and had received a call back confirming site availability. They booked the site, without a credit card, which I thought was different. We arrived at about 1500hrs on a Wednesday and we were greeted by the host and his dog. He had our reservation and informed us they only have discounts for “Good Sam”, which I refuse to join, and military which we received. He also informed us that they […]

Jeff Busby Park (MP 193)

The Jeff Busby Park is a very nice area at Mile Post 193 of the Natchez Trace. And I had chosen the camping area at the Jeff Busby Park as the first place for Stephanie and me to experience our first boondocking stay.  We really enjoyed our first TV free overnight, and realized our eight, four-year-old, Trojan 6V AGM coach batteries are probably not in great condition and we should replace them when the opportunity presents itself. Their poor performance caused us to run the generator a bit more than we’d planned, but all-in-all no major issues. We intentionally arrived early afternoon, […]

Leake County Water Park Campground ~ Lena, MS (Trace MP40 to MP120)

We departed the Grand Gulf Military Park on the morning of Cinco De Mayo continuing our journey up the Natchez Trace Parkway, stopping at a couple of the many historic or scenic locations along the Trace.  Near Mile Post (MP) 42 we stopped at a Historic site called Sunken Trace.   Next stop near MP 55, was a larger historic site called Rocky Springs. It was another once upon a time vibrant town that was no more. Not unlike the town of Grand Gulf, the now vanished town of Rocky Springs suffered a similar fate. The combination of a Civil War, followed […]