Bob and I made a last-minute itinerary for a southern trip after we saw some really cold weather heading to us in Indianapolis.
Because we hadn’t planned ahead, and didn’t have a destination campground, we utilized one of our favorite websites, hosted by the WatsonsWander.com folks. Check out https://reserve-beta.wanderinglabs.com if you wish to find a campsite when the state parks are full! It has worked for us numerous times, and we really appreciate what they offer. Just plug in the park you’re interested in and a date range, and their program will keep checking until they find what you are looking for. Try it!
Our first stop was Nashville, of course. We just can’t get enough of those Loveless Cafe biscuits.
And right around the corner from the cafe is the northern entrance to the Natchez Trace Parkway.
What a glorious and peaceful way to travel south. It’s a two-lane highway that closely follows the original Indian trail. We enjoyed several of the stops along the way and even learned a thing or two!
There are three campgrounds along the Trace, run by the national park service. There are no hookups, but the sites are spacious and beautiful, with picnic tables and fire rings. We stayed at both Meriwether Lewis Campground
We ended up camping here twice!
and Jeff Busby Campground. There were very few campers this time of year (February) but I imagine it might get more crowded during peak travel season.
Crossing the double arch bridge
We parked, turned around, and filmed Steely Van crossing back. Why not?
Bayou Segnette in New Orleans
As we did a little preliminary research for this adventure, we decided to visit the National WWII Museum https://www.nationalww2museum.org, and after seeing it we both regret not planning for at least two days there. It is so well done, so beautiful, and so moving. Bring your hankies if you watch the Tom Hanks-narrated movie called Beyond All Boundaries. Go see it, I tell ya. Another exhibit we thoroughly enjoyed featured the USO champion Bob Hope.
This museum is a must see for any visitor to New Orleans
The obligatory French Quarter photo
Po Boy time!
We enjoyed so many street musicians. These guys were just fantastic. Give ’em a listen!
Unhitching after arriving at Topsail Hill
Chuck Lofton from Indianapolis WTHR stopped by to check out our lovely campsite.
This is just how we roll – tv interview when we’re trying to get away from it all!
A little taste of our off-road time in Point Washington
Not another person in sight – just the way we like it!
Speaking of restaurants…we always like to visit Seaside, Florida and the Great Southern Cafe. And our campsite at Topsail is only minutes from the Donut Hole, the best breakfast around!
Get yourself a lobster roll at the Shrimp Shack in Seaside, Florida!
Tearing ourselves away after our last breakfast at The Donut Hole