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This is another Corps of Engineers campground. They are reasonable priced, mostly well designed and the locations are very pretty. Once I turn 62 years of age, the campground fee will be half of the normal rate, super good deal. This campground is on the banks of J. Percy Priest Reservoir which is just outside of Nashville.
|The campsites are huge compared to private campgrounds. You can see part of the lake on the right.|
|Typical landscape for most of the eastern half of Tennessee.|
|I was curious as to the name of this tree at one of the Tennessee rest areas. I found one of the park attendants and after interrupting her crossword puzzle, ask her. She said she thought it was a Crab Apple tree.|
|The lake was angry when I first got here. The wind was blowing and the birds were heading for cover.|
The reasons for coming here was to see The Hermitage and the Country Music Hall of Fame. After doing some checking, I blew off going to the Hall of Fame. Something didn't seem right when I started checking the induction dates of some really good artists. Some that should have been in decades ago only recently got inducted. I didn't want to pay $25.00 to see something that didn't seem fair.
I did go see the Hermitage and was somewhat disappointed. I'm not sure if I have become jaded at seeing these types of places or if this individually was just a letdown.
The Hermitage was the home of Andrew Jackson. He called it his farm but it was actually a plantation that grew cotton with slave labor. This visit is like so many of my visits to other places in that it completes some of the circles.
|The Hermitage. It ranks way down on my list of such places.|
|The carriage road leading to the entrance, lined with cedar trees.|
|The back side|
|Looking up at the back side of The Hermitage from the walkway among some of the out buildings.|
Jackson led the effort to relocate the Indians from east of the Mississippi to the Oklahoma territory. The infamous Trail of Tears. This was wrong in the way it was done. It was cruel and unnecessary. It mainly affected what was called the "Five Civilized Tribes". There is a great Indian museum in the town of Cherokee, North Carolina which I visited almost 2 years ago.
Jackson also helped put down a rebellion by the state of South Carolina while he was president. South Carolina got pissed by Congress enacting a high tariff on imports. This was a good thing for the industrialized northern states but was very bad for the raw materials (cotton) exporting states such as South Carolina. South Carolina passed a state law called the Act of Nullification which said if the state thought Congress had passed an unconstitutional law or one that specifically singled out and hurt South Carolina, that the state could refuse to enforce that federal law. This meant the high tariff passed by congress would not be enforced in South Carolina so goods could be shipped in and out of South Carolina's ports cheaper. South Carolina also started putting together an army to defend the state should Jackson decide to send in Federal troops. Needless to say, Congress and Jackson didn't like any of this. Congress passed two more laws. One to give Jackson the power and money he asked for to send Federal troops to South Carolina to enforce the law. The second one reduced the amount of the tariffs. It was hoped South Carolina would accept the lower tariff and end the stand-off. They did and both sides backed down. Jackson had shown his will to use military force to punish a state for threatening to go against the centralized federal government. Lincoln would use the same arguments before the Civil War but was not as successful as was Jackson. The connection here is my recent visit to Fort Sumter and the beginning of the civil war. Although part of South Carolina's reason for seceding before the Civil War was related to Slavery, it was also related to laws passed by Congress and not enforced by the Federal Government or some of the Northern States. These laws were about the return of runaway slaves. Slavery is wrong, always,,,,period. It makes it a little clearer to see where South Carolina was coming from when you know that only 30 years before the Civil War, they were prepared to secede from the union over what they saw as an unconstitutional tariff law.
I have become a little disenchanted with parts of this eastern swing. I think part of it is the sense of being hemmed in all the time. As you drive just about anywhere east of the Mississippi River, trees mostly line the edge of the roadway. To me, this gives the feeling of going down tunnel without a top. You can only see the sky directly above you and are limited to about 200 feet of sight, side to side. The western part of the U.S. is mostly different with lots of places where your sight distance is only limited by the horizon. I may just be longing for some of the places out west that I've visited. I've been on the road two years now and was looking back on the places I've been over the last year. I'll be making a post sometime in the future about it, but I just haven't been able to trim it down in size.
|Year one route. April 2014 to April 2015|
|Year two route. April 2015 to April 2016|
Barney, your blog is saying it has been removed. Is everything OK?
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.