Boot Stompin Times
Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
120Trip End Sep 01, 2012
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As well, once we were able to decipher the heavy southern accent of our tour guide, he was quite eloquent, knowledgable and passionate about his topic. As it turned out, he had been leading tour groups for most of his life and he was a Grandpa!
After Mammoth Cave, we mailed some postcards and headed out to Nashville, Tennessee; the home of Country Music. On the drive there we read in our Lonely Planet USA book about a Soda Fountain (think little diner) that had the claim to fame of the oldest restaurant in Nashville to continuously serve the public. We just had to go there! We went in and were greeted with "Y'all sit wherever you like". We chose a little booth with the miniature jukebox hanging on the wall and when the waitress came over, we were all called 'honey' and 'sweetie'.Lily and Jess shared a chocolate/banana milkshake, Tim had a vanilla milkshake and Eli a coke! These were no ordinary milkshakes, they filled about three glasses per milkshake and were served in the large metal vessels in which they had been mixed. Eli and Lily got hot dogs with french fries and onion rings, Jess a chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries, and Tim a 'meat and two' which is a meat and two sides. This consisted of chicken and dumplings and sides of macaroni and cheese (yes in the south this constitutes a vegetable) and mashed potatoes. When Tim asked for mashed potatoes he was asked whether or not he wanted brown gravy with that?!?!? Jess wondered what other colours the gravy came in. We had a fabulous meal and none of us could finish our plates of food. Tim ordered the most (surprised?) and therefore had the most left on the plate
After rolling (literally) out of the soda fountain, Tim and Lily dropped Eli and Jess at the shopping mall and headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame. We had a grand time and loved perusing all of the exhibits, guitars and colorful outfits different artists had worn on stage. Lily was so excited when we got there that she was literally buzzing as we walked in. Our favorite exhibits had to do with Dolly Parton for Lily and Johnny Cash for Tim. After a whirlwind tour and a new t-shirt for Lily we picked up Jess and Eli and headed to Anderson Road camping ground for a relaxing dinner and sleep. All went well there, Lily and Eli met some girls who came to play with them when they saw our kids scooter past. As it turns out they were from Alabama and were: "waiting to go to court for Daddy to get his license back!" It was a relatively peaceful night except for when Tim and Jess woke up to the strong odor of skunk around the tent in the middle of the night! That and it was Tim's turn to find a tick attached to him which was successfully removed. LIly has had two on her head, Tim has had one on (&%$&$#) and Jess and Eli are still tick free.