Off to have tea w/Andrew Jackson..oops too late!

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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What I did
The Hermitage; Grand Ole Opry

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Let me just start by saying that Nashville is a place we could have stayed a week and probably not seen it all.  Definitely on my list of not to be missed (and I'm not all that Country-but they are making a believer out of me).

We first met up with Alex Bovee (former Disney Rec.) for breakfast and hear all about what she is up to.  (sorry you'll have to come to Nashville to get the scope)!!  We then headed out to the Hermitage to see the home of Andrew and Rachel Jackson.  Again, we spent about 3.5 hours and could have still taken our time to see more and to stroll around those gorgeous manicured gardens around the house and around their burial site.

The house is impressive and the furnishings more so.  But the grounds are too amazing for words.  Over 1000 acres if I remember correctly (ha, that's funny)...and many acres manicured lawns over rolling hills and some cows with large white striped running over their midsections...oh couldn't one of them just into the road?  Oh well...that story to follow...

After leaving The Hermitage we headed home just in time to get ready for a pick-up from the Gray Line folks for a trip to Opry Land.  It's neatly tucked in behind the Mall and once we got there we had to walk over a little bridge to get to the building.  Very tree laden and you can hardly see the front of the building.  Once inside, we found our seats and were at first disappointed.  We were way over to the side.  A "Minnie Pearl" look a-like was warming up the audience with the curtain down behind here and there are three TV screens for people to look at and one of the smaller ones next to our row (not a good omen for things to come).  As it turned out, the whole stage is opened up and this show is actually a live radio program, broadcast every Tuesday for decades, around the world.  There were 7 groups of various country artists (many promoting their new single) and each did three songs.  It lasted a full three hours.  Most of the names I had never heard of (Kenneth Anderson, Jim Ed Brown (knew him after he sang his hit song from 1952 - All the Bells are Ringing for Little Jimmy Brown) Love and Theft, Del McCoury Band, Riders In The Sky (funny cowboy songs and yodeling but they were good) Mandy Barnett, John Conlee and Chris Young (who opens for Brad Paisley on his upcoming tour).

Now about my road kill deer - Nick and I struggled with that deer to get her on our grill (usually 4 hamburgers is a crowd) and I tell you - it really took us forever to cook that carcass.  It wasn't a pretty sight with the legs hanging over the edge (well let's be honest, it was ALL hanging over the edge).  We decided that the Opposum in the freezer will be a lot easier to grill (Gordon and Betsy and recommendations for the Opposum - I know he will needs lots of marinating)!!

 Off to Paducah Kentucky today.


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Avery on

Nashville looks as interesting as you described. Flat Nick seems very content after his Cracker Barrel meal!!!! Enjoying your adventure!!!

Pamela Ryan on

Hey there dear friends. Loving the travel log. Just returned home ourselves. Can you now understand why I may want to live in middle Tennessee? Love, love, love it there. Safe travels and happy trails :)

jerrygolfboyer on

Nice you could meet up with Alex. I always enjoyed her here. Remember where "here" is? Glad you are enjoying your trip - - - so far.

The only disappointment for me is your diet. Road kill and Cracker Barrel? I was hoping to hear about quaint little bistros and famous local cuisines!!! Please tell me you are at least keeping up with your vitamin program and taking your statin as prescribed.

Gordon on

You must marinate any roadkill a minimum of 24 hours...124 hours is better, though. By the way, in case you start to have trouble finding yummy roadkill, you can also marinate other things that you find on the road and eat them (blown out tires, smashed boxes, old mattresses, etc.). Use lots of Jack Daniels for the marinade and for the cook, and you'll be amazed at the results!

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