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Stomping the Devil’s Backbone

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Hi hi hi!  It’s spring, people.  Actually, it appears Tennessee has moved straight to summer, bypassing spring altogether.  It’s currently 9pm and 81°F outside.

Yesterday, my pal, Talks to Owls, and I went hiking on one of the trails off the Natchez Trace Parkway, The Devil’s Backbone (click to see my pics from the day).  It was gorgeous out.  We had breakfast at Puckett’s, reminding me that I love living in the South because fried chicken is an acceptable breakfast food here.

We had a nice drive down part of the Natchez Trace and then hit the trail.  It was a little weird.  Pleasantly we were the only people on that trail.  But spring is really late this year because winter was so cold and long, so the leaves were hardly even peaking out.  But the air was warm and still and very much felt like high summer.  It made the entire hike feel sort of surreal, like time and space had somehow come together improperly.  Still the hike was no less wonderful for it.

Hopefully the pictures show the beauty of the Redbuds peeking out.  It really was a spectacular drive!

Author: Ajax Bell

Seattle author. Stops to smell the flowers. Amateur nerd (I wanna go pro but I haven't found anyone to pay me). Humble hippo enthusiast. queer/bi. they/them.

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