Meriwether Lewis Site and Potluck

4/19/14 Saturday in Hohenwald,TN (Natchez Trace-TT)

I spent the morning getting the blog posted, then we attended the Manager’s Meeting where we met a wonderful couple from Canada: Vern and Beth. They mentioned that they were going on a hike at the Meriwether Lewis site and we said we’d love to join them. Thus after lunch they drove us all there. We’d visited this monument and Grinder’s Stand (inn) last year, but the Stand was closed when we came. This time it was open, so we could enjoy their exhibits and share them with you.

A little background: Meriwether Lewis grew up in Georgia, joined the Army, was selected to become Jefferson’s secretary, then asked to lead the Discovery Expedition to the west. He chose Clark (a leader in the scientific community) to join him. After just 2 years of amazing success on that journey he returned to become the Governor of Louisiana. Unfortunately the government decided to not honor the financial promises they’d given him, nor was it willing to cover expenses Louisiana was incurring. Lewis decided to go to Washington to give them his journals from the Corps of Discovery and ask for money. He was personally covering his costs and becoming bankrupt.

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When he reached Grinder’s Stand, someone heard 2 shots from his room that night. Historical evidence as well as the thoughts of his best friends Clark and Jefferson indicate it was a suicide.

Then we took of on a trail down into a deep ravine. Following are images from our trek.

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Below is a Fire Pink.  Interesting name, eh?

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It as such a gorgeous day, perfect for a hike, but it was getting time for the potluck so we headed back home. Vern and Beth hadn’t known anyone here before today so they hadn’t prepared a dish to come. Wouldn’t you know!

Marie came by to let us know it was time to walk to the lodge with our dishes. We were early, but it was so worth the wait. We sat at a table with 2 other couples who have annual leased sites here. We had a great time with lots of sharing and lots of great food. John hit the deserts 3 times. I had the most dense chocolate brownie and a slice of pecan pie. Ah sugar high. Great end to a lovely day.

 

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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