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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Part 1 - Lesson Learned

JoAnne Morgan
Wind Creek State Park in Alexander City, Alabama! We had read the glowing reviews in advance and understood “going in” Wind Creek State Park boasts the largest state-operated campground in the United States with 626 sites. 

We arrived late Wednesday afternoon, and were assigned site B245. The Ranger said “you will enjoy this site” and we did. We had wonderful views of Lake Martin, quiet and serene evenings, we even slept with our windows open to take in the cool night breezes. Mornings we awoke gently to the little chirping birds, and seeing the awesome sunrises.

However it all changed Friday! RVs, 5th wheels, tenters and travel trailers, towing along throngs of boats, kids, weird paraphernalia and I may add…yapping dogs. What happened? The weekend happened to the largest state-operated campground in the United States with 626 sites…and we would guess 90% of them were filled. 

The kids and families were all having a great time, and at a reasonable price in today’s world! It really was great to see people and families out having fun, playing with their kids, fishing, boating, and enjoying campfires. 

We get it! Not every day camping is a day camping is paradise for us.
Lesson learned! Stay with our plan of camping in more secluded campgrounds…even on the weekends. SEE PHOTOS HERE

Part 2 - The Battle of Horseshoe Bend


Saturday was a perfect day to escape the “crowd” at Wind Creek State Park and learn some history. So, we jumped into our Honda Fit and headed to Horseshoe Bend National Military Park.

The park commemorated the 198th anniversary, (the actual battle was on March 27, 1814), of a battle you may never have heard of - we had not or if we had, it was buried as an obscure footnote in our high school American history class. Yet, it was a battle that played a key role in shaping the career of General Andrew Jackson and lead to the end of the Creek Indian Wars.

In the treaty that followed, Creeks ceded 23 million acres to the United States much of which is now the state of Alabama. Andrew Jackson “Old Hickory” went on gain more notoriety in the Battle of New Orleans and ultimately to become the seventh President of the United States.

It was Jackson who signed the Indian Removal Bill requiring all tribes to move west of the Mississippi River to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). This was the “Trail of Tears” journey.

The park had set up several “living history camps” consisting of Creek and Cherokee hunting camps as well as, Tennessee Militia and United States Infantry camps. The “camps” were basically exhibits featuring skills such as flint knapping, hide tanning and basket weaving.  There was also a musket and cannon firing demonstration.

We spent the afternoon learning the history and soaking in the beauty of the “bend”. It was hard to imagine the carnage that had taken place her almost 200 years ago. SEE PHOTOS HERE