Day 38, 39 and 40 Harvest Host Perfection!

We have very few plans for the 2,500+ miles as we head west for home, so we’re letting the Harvest Host directory app and the Passport Book suggest activities and places to stay. It’s paying off big time!

Congaree National Park

Wait…. What?????

We drove quite a bit out of the way to be able to say we’ve been to what has to be one of the more obscure of the 63 National Parks. We’d never heard of it. But since our goal is to visit every National Park we couldn’t pass it by. Maybe it’s because we’ve been traveling around in the same kind of swamp land for much of this trip that we weren’t especially impressed.

Shame on us.

This Park is a unique and special place. It is the largest tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States and home one of the largest concentrations of champion trees. Champion trees are trees that are extremely large or tall for their species.

Is Congaree National Park worth visiting? 

With Congaree National Park, you need to change your scope of reference. With most parks, we enjoy massive sweeping vistas. In Congaree, you need to think on a smaller scale. There is a quiet beauty to this area. Pick an area along the boardwalk and stop moving and just look around you. On a wide glance, you will see an old-growth forest with some of the largest and tallest trees of their species. Keep looking and you will start to notice smaller details and wildlife. The area has amazing biodiversity.

It’s a small park so you can hike and/or kayak the entire area in one day.

Old history
Not us but could have been ….. 😉 we’re blaming the dog for lack of participation.
Thank goodness for those passionate enough to make things happen.

Harvest Hosts ~ Stable View Farm

This place was so incredibly special. We could have stayed here for days. The owners of this 1,000+ acre working horse stable are very accommodating. They have continuous events happening on the property and plenty of rental cottages and stables for visiting horse people. We’re happy that they’ve also opened up the property to free overnight RV stays through Harvest Host. We bought a hat and other goodies. We want to remember this place.

We know nothing about horses and competitive events, but they had beautiful “cross country” courses and jumping arenas. Their event calendar is heavily booked, and they also host weddings.

And the dog was welcome to run free!

This beautiful building is a barn!

Lotti made many friends! Her best day EVER!
Hey look! Another Mal!
Lots of these….

Next stop, Auburn, Alabama.

It was a 268 mile day, one of our longest yet. Most of these pics are through dirty windows, but you’ll get the general idea.

We love these little historical main streets.
We’re in Georgia, again!
What’s this?
The coolest building you’ll find anywhere in the National Historic Parks. Art Deco!
Right here! 17,000 years of continuous human history.

The National Prison of War Museum

We’re stuck in Civil War mode and we’re surprised to see that this Museum is in honor of prisoners from all wars. Wars with no end…. It’s really sad.

From Hanoi….
The grounds are huge. There were 20,000 prisoners here at one time during the Civil War.
We’re in Alabama, again!

We spent one night in this very strange RV park on a rolling hill perched right above the Auburn University Women’s Softball Complex. It was a great view of all 5 fields. Nothing happening now. It was pretty quiet.

Go Tigers….

The Tuskegee Air Museum NHS

The title of “Tuskegee Airmen” refers to the men and women who were involved in the “Tuskegee Experience ” – the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly, maintain and support combat aircraft in the 1940s. Their rich history lives on and inspires many to this day. The Tuskegee Airmen were trailblazers, pioneers and leaders in the fight against fascism and racism. These men and women were the crème of the crop, many of whom already had bachelors and masters degrees when they first began flight training in July of 1941. These men and women fought two wars and won both of them with skill and bravery.

We’re trying to stay on the 80, sometimes it’s really confusing.
We’re in Mississippi, again!
Not sure which city 😬
There were miles of beautiful pecan groves, even in winter.

Patch of Heaven Farm in Raymond, Mississippi.

Ahhhhh, another perfect Harvest Host.
Yep, plenty of this. And no leash required.

All Harvest Hosts have something that they produce for sale. It can be wine, vegetables, eggs, or PUPPIES!! We didn’t even ask how much. These are purebred “Goldens”.

Sunrise on the farm. (ignore the cell tower)
More on this later….

Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the American Civil WarBattle of Vicksburg, waged from March 29 to July 4, 1863. The park islocated in Vicksburg, Mississippi flanking the Mississippi River. It also commemorates the greater Vicksburg Campaign which led up to the battle. Reconstructed forts and trenches evoke memories of the 47-day siege that ended in the surrender of the city. Victory here and at Port Hudson farther south in Louisiana, gave the Union control of the Mississippi River.

We’re in Louisiana, again!

4 thoughts on “Day 38, 39 and 40 Harvest Host Perfection!

  1. Fanrastic photo journal. Love seeing all the sights and your descriptions.
    The Natchez Trace Parkway is an awesome, beautiful, peaceful drive! I have done it so many times over the years starting as a teen on a Honda 90 !
    Hope you got to drive some of it!


  2. Love the history of the South. What city was the Dolly Madison Bakery in ? Did you stop there for any goodies?
    Looks like Lottie was in dog heaven at the horse farm.
    Have fun , stay safe and Happy Valentines Day !


  3. Truly enjoying “Riding Along” with you! The history and small towns are wonderful! Loving it all.

    You have shown the horse the barn! Don’t run too hard coming home! Safe Travels!


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