by Jelane A. Kennedy
Many people know about freestyle dancing and skiing but have you ever tried freestyle travel? For me it means letting go of timetables and schedules, the things that make up most of my life. When we freestyle we usually have a basic time-frame set, we may be gone a week and we have possibly a destination or two but the rest is up for grabs.
It was Tuesday and we knew we had to be home by Friday so it was time to head in that general direction. We had attended a wedding of an old friend in Asheville, North Carolina over the weekend. Through the generosity of our hosts we had spent Monday at the Biltmore Estates. But neither of us was ready to end our adventure.
Out came the road atlas. If we went further east and then north we would have to contend with Washington DC traffic and if we stayed westerly we would have to deal with some road construction. In the end we choose construction over just traffic. While plotting our general trajectory in the atlas I noticed near where we were going Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. Since I had a wifi connection at the campground, I pulled out my itouch and went to the “Oh, Ranger” app. There I discovered that the Park would not be too far off our general direction and there was listed a small Museum.
“Hey Eileen would you like to go to a Davy Crockett Museum.”
Singing she responded: “Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier.”
“I’ll take that as a yes.”
So began our freestyle journey home and our first side trip. All either of us knew was what we each vaguely remembered of Walt Disney’s portrayal of the rough and tough frontiersmen seen on TV in the ’50 & ’60s.
Just after we crossed the State Line into Tennessee we stopped at the visitor center to get a Tennessee State map to augment the atlas and get better directions from the docent. The State Park was on the Nolichucky River. The Park included a campground, a very nice swimming pool, some hiking trails, picnic area and a small Museum that included a cabin that was a replica of Davy’s birthplace.
Davy (David) earlier in his life served under Andrew Jackson during the war and was a supporter of his Presidency. Riding on Jackson’s coattails he became a Representative in the House. In time that alliance would sour when Davy a representative of the common man disagreed with Indian Removal Act and other political policies of Jackson thus losing his House seat. He would leave his mark in political history by opposing the displacement of the Native American tribes to Oklahoma via the Trail of Tears. Davy was also known in Washington, DC for his tall tales and rough language. He would later die fighting at the Alamo having migrated to Texas as the frontier moved. As the United States became settled Davy and his family were always on the leading edge of the frontier. But ultimately he is remembered in popular media as “King of the Wild Frontier”.
One of the reasons I like to freestyle is the opportunity to see and to learn something new. A little museum becomes a new adventure.
(c) 2012 Jelane A. Kennedy