Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

When Bonnie and I talked about taking an extended trip across America, a few people expressed concerns for our safety based on the tweets of the current President and the heated and sensational reports in the news.Indeed, to a Canadian, it could seem like America is totally out of whack based on what is in the news.I have traveled in the states many times, often after dramatic events such as 9/11.My experience is that the majority of Americans live the words in the American Constitution first drafted by Thomas Jefferson: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  (see history) Almost everyone we meet is warm and friendly and eager to help us enjoy our experience.People mostly value family and friends above all else.Most everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, and culture are warm and welcoming.There...
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Jackson Falls – Natchez Trace Parkway

The video below is of Jackson Falls on the Natchez Trace Parkway at mile 404.7.The Natchez Trace is a 444 mile parkway that runs from Natchez, Mississippi, through a corner of Alabama,  to Nashville, Tennessee.The trail was first created by buffalo and other animals looking for saltlicks in Tennessee.Early peoples up to 5,000 years ago used to to travel and trade. Europeans used it to travel from Mississippi to Tennessee, especially farmers from Kentucky (nicknamed Kaintucks) and region returning after rafting their farm goods down the Mississippi River for sale.The Nachez Trace also facilitated the movement of troops during various wars.It is now a splendid national park with many quiet places for hiking and exploring. The road itself is free of signs and distraction with a comfortable 50 mph speed limit.  There are many areas to pull of the road and many campgrounds and RV parks.  Perfect for cruising by car, RV, motorcyle, or bicycle.There are a few campgrounds dedicated...
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