Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Safari part two

We drove south on the Great River Road.

We went to visit where the Cherokee Nation came across the Mississippi River in 1838,
during the government ordered relocation.

We went to Trail of Tears State Park.

We came to honor those that died on the trail.

We came to honor the Cherokee Nation.

We walked on some of the trail.

We watched a film that answered some of my questions.
It is sad.

I bought a couple of books.

I brought home a deep respect for the Cherokee people.

The light was fading. We needed fuel.
We stopped in Cape Girardeau.

On their flood wall a large mural has been painted remembering the history of this area.

The Trail of Tears is remembered.

It was dark when we finished supper.

We admired the bridge over the Mississippi River.

A Sharp Shinned Hawk hunts in my backyard.

It is raining.

I am reading my books.

Happy Sunday Safari.


Dimple said...

Another educational post. There is a family legend that we are part Cherokee. I have done some genealogy, and I doubt the truth of the legend, although my great-grandfather WAS a preacher in the Indian Territory and my grandfather was born there. Still, I am sorry for what those people had to go through.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing us this expedition. Many trails in life to follow or to create. I knew that the cherokee were relocated, but I didn't realize that the routes were comemerated.

Randy Emmitt said...

Thanks for the tour! Never heard of this park and trail. Might check it out one day.

sweetbay said...

A very interesting and thought-provoking post. That is a spectacular shot of the bridge spanning the Mississippi.

Rose said...

Sherry, what an interesting trip you have taken! The mastodon museum and relics would have been fascinating; my grandchildren would love this. But The Trail of Tears must have been such an emotional experience. I didn't realize that there was a state park and that this sad event in our history was commemorated in this way. We have much to learn from the past. Thank you so much for taking us along on this tour!

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry....I shivered and felt quite emotional reading this post..........the starkness of the trees seem to speak of things we can never understand.......
It must have been a priviledge to walk part of the trail.

The hawk is wonderful....he looks as though he may bring a message to you......I feel sure you will know this......

Deb said...

You have found so many wonderful Treasures on your Sunday Safari Trails. Spots I may never have the chance to visit. Thank you for sharing them here at your little corner ♥

Anonymous said...

Such a sad moment in our nation's history. But, we must not forget, lest we forget it.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...
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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I really enjoyed this post and learned a lot. I would love to read the books and travel to that area. The first comment I made did not sound exactly right! Sorry!

Amy said...

Sherry, Thank you for such an inspiring post. I'm 1/16 Cherokee - and, having no idea of that part of my history, this is very intriguing. We have family in Arkansas and Memphis - I'm going to save this post as an inspiration to visit the Trail of Tears in the future.

You did a good job conveying the emotion you felt - subtle, but the reader who pays attention will know.

The plant and legend books look very interesting - enjoy!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a sad history. It moves me just reading about your visit to the area. Tears are still shed in their honor.

The bridge is beautiful during night with all the lights on.

I saw on the news that someplace in MO there was snow. I thought of you. I hope you aren't snowed in already.

Marvin said...

Thanks for introducing us to these two state parks. There are different, but equally valuable, lessons to learn at both sites.

Wendy said...

I had goosebumps as I read this. What a sad tale, and I'm sure we only know very little of what really went on 'way back then.

It is important to bring back respect and I have respect for you! Taking this journey, learning about the Cherokee and then sharing with us.
Thank you.

Oh - your hawk looks awesome! How do you get them to pose? He looks like he's saying, "what do you think you're doing??"
Stay Strong my friend.