My son had an extra two days tacked on to his spring break this year, which made it an excellent time for a long road trip. I wanted to include my mom because she’s been under stress lately. So I planned our multigenerational road trip through Tennessee from camping at Natchez Trace to spending time with friends at their home. Whenever I can take my mom on trips, I do. It keeps her young and happy! Here we go!
First and foremost, I’m thankful we got to go on this road trip before the pandemic took place. We watched it unfold at my friend’s house during the latter part of our journey. We cut our road trip one day short so that we could get home.
Multigenerational travel is on the rise and the current way we like to travel. Have you done it?
Our Multigenerational Road Trip through Tennessee
We left out on Friday, March 6th, after picking my son up early from school. We headed to Little Rock, AR, where we had a great dinner at Corky’s Barbeque and spent the night in a Marriott Courtyard Hotel close to downtown. The next day, we were off to Natchez Trace Campground in Hohenwald, Tennessee, for a couple of days of camping. When we arrived after hours, our friends, Becky and Larry, who live in Tennessee, had their RV campsite already set up. They scoured the premises and located our cabin, so they were able to take us straight there.
The next day, we had a blast hiking in the woods, roasting s’ mores, and playing cards. The above link will take you to the post I wrote about our camping trip.
Becky and Larry moved to Tennessee from Texas over twenty years ago, which is one reason I decided to take a road trip through Tennessee. Seeing her and reminiscing about the olden days was the best part of our trip.
Becky has done her homework on TN. She knew so much about the history of the state, which made our 2-hour drive from Natchez Trace to her house very interesting. I had no idea Jack Daniel’s whiskey was made there.
Can you believe Becky and I are 60 years old? Well, I will be later this year. Becky and I have been friends since grade school – 3rd grade, to be exact. She and I lived in the same neighborhood for years. We have an extraordinary friendship still today. There wasn’t a minute that went by that we weren’t talking about something. And, with my mom there, we had so much to reminisce about.
Lawrenceburg, TN Road Trip Through Tennessee
While we were camping at Natchez Trace, we took a ride to Lawrenceburg to see where David Crockett lived. When Becky told Brody that this was the place where David Crockett lived, and there was a state park named after him, he was excited to check it out. You see, his fourth-grade class had a trip planned to visit the Alamo in San Antonio later this month, and he knew David Crockett was part of that. Sadly we learned the bus trip canceled due to COVID-19. But still, he’s excited to tell his teacher and friends about the trip when he gets to see them again.
PS. We called him “Davey” Crockett back in the day.
We walked around the state park and had a picnic.
After spending three fun nights camping, we drove to Becky’s house in Tullahoma, TN. She had already planned a few things for us to see and do. She knows I love waterfalls, and that Brody loves art. One day, she took us to Rutledge Falls, and on our last night there, she instructed Brody on how to paint a cabin scene. More on that below.
Rutledge Falls, TN
I couldn’t begin to tell you what all Becky told us about the history of this place. All I know is that we were in awe the whole time. The falls are gorgeous, and the surroundings were surreal.
Becky has many talents, and painting is one of them. They painted up in her studio.
When you get around someone you grew up with; there’s no telling what you’ll do. Us below being silly in Bell Buckle, TN.
What an awesome trip we all had on our multigenerational trip. Tennessee is again on my bucket list to visit. Next time, it’s the Smokey Mountains Adventure Travel!
Until then, it’s okay to dream and plan your next trip. One way I am doing it is with the new Scratch Off USA Map. You’ve got to see this if you’re into traveling and wanting to visit all states.