Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park
It was a long, tiring trip, 57 miles up the road from Cumberland Gap. It would have taken Daniel Boone several days for this trip. The road we took basically followed the Daniel Boone Trace and the somewhat parallel Wilderness Road.
Weather continues to be just fantastic, high in the mid 70’s and low in the mid 50’s. The predictions are that it will warm up in the next couple of days.
Got set up at the Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park in London, KY. Nice campground, large sites and even a pool!
After setting up it was time to catch up on laundry (the campground has washers and dryers) while others tried to stay busy.
Both the original trace of Daniel Boone and Wilderness Road cross through the campground. We may walk some of the trace tomorrow.
We will keep a sentry posted tonight to watch for Indians. On October 3, 1786 one of the worst Indian massacres took place in the area of what is now the park. The McNitt party massacre resulted in the deaths of twenty-four people. Can’t be too careful.
Happy to report there were no Indian attacks last night. I think it is due to Ray’s ability to adapt to nature so well.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 was spent relaxing some more. We did however go to the McHargue Grist mill. It is a replica of a typical mill used in these areas. You had to have something to trade in order to obtain goods you did not have. The choices were grain, corn meal, furs or moonshine. Those living up in the mountains choose to trade moonshine since it was easier to carry a jug of moonshine down the mountain rather than several bushels of corn.
While walking the campground I came across this sign. The sites all have a paved pad for parking your rig, but we got a little confused by this sign.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Our self proclaimed site transportation and safety director, Ray, declared today a recreational day. There is a miniature golf course at the campground and we challenged the ladies. Of course we let the ladies win.
Tomorrow we travel to Berea, KY and we will spend the Memorial weekend there.
The weather has turned hot. In the upper 80's and cooling down into the 60's. I think our really nice cool weather is gone.