On our second day on the Trace we set foot into the two states I had yet to visit – Alabama and Mississippi. This was something I had thought about doing for some time now – especially when I was down to just a handful of states.
Shortly after passing into Alabama we stopped at Rock Spring. This has a short walk past several beaver mounds on the river. It was such a peaceful area.
Our first stop in Mississippi was at Bear Creek Mound. This was the first of several mound sites along the Trace we would stop at. The pictures do not do justice to the effort that must have gone into their construction. The piles of dirt were carried by hand – the wheel and beasts of burden were not available in this area at the time they were built. Imagine the effort to organize the people to work for this abstract goal.
For lunch this day we went to the town of Baldwin. Again limited choices while on the Trace. This restaurant had two items on the menu – fried chicken and hamburger steak. Salad was an item on another day. As an omnivore it is easy for me but in these small towns if you have any restrictions there could be a problem.
For the evening we stopped in the town of Kosciuska. Basically they had two motels – it has been a long time since I had a room for the evening that cost less than $70. Not much choice for food either.