“Appreciate and enjoy the places where we tarry and yet pass on without anguish when we are called elsewhere.” Peace Pilgrim
About noon on May 18th I started east from Boerne, Texas. At San Marcus I picked up the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas. This 2500 mile historic road from Mexico City to Natchitoches, Louisiana provided the only primary overland route from what is now Mexico and across the Río Grande to the Red River Valley in what is now Louisiana.” Following old Indian trails, it was used by the “settlers, missionaries, and soldiers who populated the settlements, missions, and presidios of East Texas and Northwest Louisiana.” Credit
In Texas it is known as Highway 21 and in Louisiana is Highway 6. My husband and I traveled portions of this historic route many times exploring it’s’ history, culture and beauty.
It seemed an appropriate route for leaving Texas.
In downtown Natchitoches along Cane River Lake, I remembered my mother’s stories of her college days there and of my own summer graduate classes. By the end of that long day, I had crossed most of Mississippi and spent the night in Meridian.
My destination on day three was the “river house” at Shelby, Alabama offered to me by my “Henry Cousins” Mary and Phil. Mary and I spent one day in Columbiana, the Shelby county seat, doing a bit of family research, enjoying a delicious lunch at Bernie’s on Main and browsing in local shops.
For two idyllic days I sat on the large screened porch of the river house enjoying the wildlife and the water views. It was like being in a tree house.
Early on my last morning, I was down by the lake before 6 o’clock to capture the beautiful dawn. I caught a pair of ducks just before they landed. The circling great blue herons seemed to be greeting rising sun.
Next stop Pensacola, Florida where family will celebrate the high school graduation of my grandson.