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- 0 0Published on Jun 03, 2019
Saying good bye to Gatlinburg wasn’t a lot of fun. I have already earmarked this location for future vacations. I was particularly bummed that we didn’t have time, and it was a little too cold, to float the river. It looks like it should be a lot of fun. If you have done it before and have any pointers let me know!
Today was originally planned to be another long driving day. We are headed to the main stop on our trip, Washington D.C, by way of the Natural Bridge in Virginia and we really just want to get there. So, a simple no frills stretch your legs stop at a city park is all we had planned for the day. To our kids’ enjoyment we happened to get there at the same time as the ice cream truck…score!
The last thing I wanted to do when we got to the campground was cook. Actually, I didn’t want to do anything, so Gary made the call to drive into the local town and see what we could find to eat. I love exploring little towns. There is just something that makes me happy about walking down old streets, it gives me that same feeling as it does when you walk into Target. You know the one, that pleasant “I’m in my happy place” breathe that just rolls out of you. The restaurant we decided to go to just happened to close earlier so we decided to just walk around and check things out. As luck would have it we stumbled upon the resting place of Thomas Stonewall Jackson.
I am not sure what it is about old cemeteries. There is a beauty in them that you can’t find anywhere else. Something somber and peaceful, climatic and final. The stories behind the faded stones brimming behind the names, just waiting to be remembered. We walked the tombstones for a bit testing our memories of who Stonewall Jackson was and his significance to our nation. Many of you may remember that he was a war hero to the South during the Civil War. But did you know for instance that he walked with one hand lifted to try to hide the fact that his arms were different lengths? Did you know that although he fought hard and bravely for the South he had hoped that his state would remain part of the Union? Do you know where his “Stonewall” nickname came from? If you want to take a quick history break go read about him in this quick article from the History Channel. https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/stonewall-jackson
Before moving on from Lexington I should say that it isn’t actually a small town. But the section that we were in had the small-town feel. It was a perfect mix of fun, community, and history. We would have never chosen to come here if we were staying somewhere in a hotel, these are the awesome things you come across when you pack up the camper and set out on an adventure.