When planning our Rollin’ on the River road trip in 2011, we thought it would be fun to spend a night in a plantation. Based on positive online reviews, we decided on Nottoway Plantation, right on the banks of the Mississippi in White Castle, LA (we combined our stay with a highly worthwhile swamp tour near Breaux Bridge, LA). Our stay in Nottoway ended up exceeding all expectations and to this day remains one of our favorite hotel experiences (our room was in the Boys’ Wing, part of the historically intact 1859 mansion). Room rates include breakfast and a guided tour of the estate. With a pool and a restaurant Nottoway really has everything you need on-site, and after the daytime tour groups leave you feel like you own the place.
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- 10.10.21 : The waterfalls of Hocking Hills State Park. Pics 1 and 2: Upper and Lower Falls along the Grandma Gatewood Trail near Old Man’s Cave. Pic 3: Cedar Falls.10.10.21 : The rhythm of the campsite… night, sunrise and afternoon from our wooded oasis at Stacked Stones Retreat in the Hocking Hills.10.09.21 : Had an awesome private evening ride with Becky at Blue Moon Acres Stables in the Hocking Hills. We rode the father/daughter team of Stroker (Nick) and Mystique (Neil).10.09.21 : Took a walk around the earthworks at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park on the way to our camping weekend in Ohio’s Hocking Hills. These geometric ceremonial mounds were built by native cultures that lived in the area from about 200 BCE through 500 CE. The park is made up of six separate sites located around Chillicothe, Ohio.07.29.21 : The final big hike of our summer trip was Pennsylvania Mountain near Fairplay, Colorado. It’s not a well-known peak, but it’s a 13er and provides great views of the continental divide and surrounding mountain ranges in a quick (but steep) 5 mile round trip.07.21.21 : At 9 miles, our hike down the Grand Canyon’s North Kaibab Trail was our longest and by far the most strenuous hike of the summer. We went as far as Roaring Springs, 4.5 miles and 3,200 feet below the rim.