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 find a decent campsite once we arrive at one of […]

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 to Tupelo. ( And here is a link, if you prefer) […]

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 only accept cash and or a check, which explained the […]

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, as the sites are first-come-first-serve, and we assumed some of […]

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 by a yellow fever outbreak, then the boll weevil destruction […]

Grand Gulf Military Park Campground

We left Natchez on the Natchez Trace Parkway, heading north. We decided to visit the Grand Gulf Military Park, which has a very nice campground on the park premises. The town of Grand Gulf was a vital and active port on the Mississippi, the town slowly disappeared after the Battle of Grand Gulf, the yellow fever outbreak and the when the Mississippi river changing course, all lead to its demise. We arrived just as a storm was approaching and the operations manager met us in the driveway and said, just go find a site you like and come register when you can. He suggested the lower section as it would […]

River View RV Park Campground – across the Mississippi from Natchez

We drove north from Gulfport on mostly secondary roads to the city of Natchez, Mississippi. We intended to stay at the Natchez State Park, but after reading some recent concerning reviews I decided to switch our stay to the Louisiana side of the river in the town of Vidalia. It was just across the bridge at Natchez, it lies on the western bank of the Mississippi River, it is the River View RV Park. We were very glad we did switch. The park was right next to the river and had a very nice bike path/sidewalk, with porch swings and benches and picnic tables, it was about a mile-and-a-half long. […]

Shields Park FAM Campground – Gulfport, Mississippi

After Pensacola, we continued west to the Shields Park FAM Campground in Gulfport, Mississippi. We arrived 24 April and departed on the 1st of May. I’d not realized that such a large military installation existed in Gulfport. This installation is the home of the Navy SeaBees, it has a decent size Base Exchange and Commissary. They have two sections to their campground, the original section which is just inside the Pass Road Gate. The other recently opened section, with all back-in sites, is at the opposite end of the base a few miles away. We stayed in the older section in a pull-thru 50amp full hookup site.   We enjoyed our stay, there is […]

Pensacola Lighthouse and Fort Barrancas

Near the National Naval Aviation Museum is the Pensacola Lighthouse and around the corner is Fort Barrancas. We visited these both on the same day. The lighthouse charges an admission as does Fort Barrancas. The lighthouse was interesting and the lighthouse keepers home and the lighthouse itself were open to visit. Some images from the Lighthouse:     We then went to Fort Barrancas which is situated and visible from the roadway. If you wish to view all of our photos from the Lighthouse and Fort Barrancas click here to go to our Google Photos Album.