How I Spent the Holidays

In National Road, winter in the south on 09/01/2013 at 11:32

Have not posted for awhile. I just checked and realized I have not been on for two months. Boy time flies when you’re hanging in for the winter Not much going on down here in winter but planning and preparation for the spring.

Big thing is no snow ,no snow, no snow. Other things I have noticed that living in the wetlands brings on a whole flurry of flora and fauna that is not new to many people but becomes new when you live in it for an extended period of time.

I traveled home in early December and visited friends and family. One unique thing was on the way back driving I drove on two of the most historic roads in the nation.

I drove partway on Federal Route 40 better known as the national road. The national road was built from Cumberland Maryland to Indiana in 1803. The road was updated in 1828 with pavement and new bridges. Much of the road was paved in brick as the years passed due to the high traffic of settlers moving west.

All trough the small towns that dot the length of the road are historic houses, way stations and crossroads informing the expansion into the west following the Louisiana purchase. This was the beginning of the “Ohio Century”

Here are some pictures of the road and bridges. I actually got to drive on part of the original road outside of Cambridge Ohio.




The above and below is an S bridge due to the fact it was easier to build.P1010268

I also had a chance to drive a couple hundred miles on the Natchez Trace Parkway. This road is 400 mile national park running from Natchez Mississippi to Nashville Tennessee. This road was used by River boaters who had taken their loads down the river and were returning to pick up another load. The road was also the most direct route from middle Tennessee towards the Gulf of Mexico and the port of New Orleans. Meriwether Lewis died and is buried on this Route. There are Indian mounds and beautiful stretches of rolling wooded hills and valleys. The road is two lanes wide with no shoulder and the speed limit is 45 to 50 mph. On of the prettiest drives I have taken. I f I could locate the pictures I would put them up, sorry. Here are some I did find.

natchez trace 1

natchez trace 2

Well that brings us back to Columbus Mississippi. I love to spell Mississippi out loud. Try it you will feel better.

Here are some winter pictures from My marina.


Water hyacinths still hanging on. They will keep breeding and eventually kill the lake. They are one of the worst invasive species in the country.




I can still here the sound of 2000 thousand birds.


Nutria snacking near the dock on cypress roots.P1010327



Lastly I would like to give a shout out to Barry and Denise Young and their boat


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  1. Greetings from Columbus, Ohio! The National Road was quite a project–the first federally funded highway, and it really did open up Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois to settlement. The concept of the Road had been a dream and a goal since the 1750s, but it took a long time to make it a reality. Westward expansion was slow, bogged down by politics and the War of 1812, and though the Road was done as far as Wheeling, (then) Virginia by 1811, the official Ohio groundbreaking did not occur until July 4, 1825, in St. Clairsville.

    By the time the Road was completed as far as Vandalia, Illinois, in 1839, the federal government was losing money on the project, and turned the sections of the Road over to the states to collect tolls and maintain.

    My great-great-great grandfather took a horse and wagon trip from Cincinnati to New York City in the summer and fall of 1838. The National Road had just reached Columbus five years earlier, and he and his family spent the bulk of their trip, from West Jefferson, Ohio, to Cumberland, Maryland, on the National Road.

    My grandfather kept a diary during his epic journey. It was handed down through the generations, and somewhere along the line, someone transcribed and typed the text. I received a copy of the transcript, and used it as the basis for my recent book, Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More: Explorations of Henry Rogers’ Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City (McDonald & Woodward, 2012).

    Check out my blog for lots more photos from the National Road.

    It’s a beautiful drive through eastern Ohio, and an important part of our country’s history. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip!!


  2. thanks for the shout and update blog. We were getting a bit worried about blackdog. We are winterized but counting days till march 1st. Enjoy columbus, we will be there someday.

    Barry and Denise


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