Friday Letters

Dear Tennessee, It has been a year since we moved back and you have not disappointed.  I am LOVING your cool September mornings.  The picture above captures your morning beauty wonderfully.  Looking forward to all the beautiful colors this fall.  You’ll be able to find us cruising the Trace.

Dear girlfriends, It was so so SO good to see you all this past weekend and celebrate Jacklyn and Ryan’s marriage together.  Loved that we were all at the same table sharing laughs, smiles, and good conversation (of course).  You all filled my heart with joy.  My cup runeth over!

Dear Language and Literacy Acquisition, I am absolutely LOVING all the new material I am learning.  So long overwhelming feelings – I’ve got this!  I’ve learned so much about writing in 3 short weeks and I’m excited to learn everything else you have in store for me.  Such a good feeling to know I’m headed down the right path!

Dear momma, Thanks for agreeing to run the Franklin Classic 5k with me.  It was quite a humid Labor Day morning and I had a great time running along side you.  Looking forward to a few more this year.  Let’s finish the fall strong.  Goal: 1 race per month. Our pre-race picture is below. Love you!

Happy weekend, everyone!  I have just a few plans this weekend.  They include fingerprinting for school, going to see NPR’s “Says You” with a small group, a birthday party, and if I can convince Joshua – I want to go to the Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church,

What are YOU up to this weekend?

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Adventures Along the Natchez Trace

After a late start to the day, and a haircut mid-afternoon, Joshua and I headed out for a hike.  However, we soon found ourselves cruising down back roads and eventually on the Natchez Trace.  We knew we could find a bit of hiking along the road, but we weren’t exactly sure where those hiking spots were.  You see, we LOVE the Trace and love taking scenic country drives and have never really ventured out of the car on previous drives. We love cranking up the radio and listening to some good music while enjoying the beauty that is Middle Tennessee.  This time around we created an oldies Pandora station that featured songs like ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’,’This Magic Moment’ and Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’.  It was pretty spectacular.

This time I was determined to get a little exercise in.  We stopped at one of the larger rest stops along the Natchez Trace and grabbed a map and realized we needed to head South (we had been heading North, towards Nashville).  We finally arrived at Jackson Falls and I’m so glad we found this little treasure.  It’s not a roaring waterfall…in fact, it’s more of a trickle.  But it’s beautiful down in the valley!  Josh and I both took our iPhones along and captured some of the beauty.

Top left: Moss on a creek bed rock. Top right: Trickling water from the waterfall rocks.
Bottom left: Joshua beside the falls. Bottom right: Stepped mushrooms on a log in the creek.

After climbing back up out of the deep valley, we hit the road to head back home.  We stopped at the Gordon House, which was just a few miles up the Trace from Jackson Falls.  The house is one of the oldest brick buildings in the area, dating to 1817-18.  It was built by John Gordon, who operated a trading post and ferry on the nearby Duck River.  It looked like they used to have the house open tours, but everything is now closed.

We’re planning on heading down the Natchez Trace again sooner to see some of the stops further South.  The map we used can be found on the National Park Service website. You can pick the section you want to travel and it will provide details on the stops to make.  We used the Alabama/Tennessee line to Nashville map.

Great little adventure for a Saturday afternoon.