Nashville TN

Trip Start May 03, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Nashville TN 5/21-24/05

We stayed at the Nashville Country Campground for $17.25/night with the Passport America discount. That program has more than paid for itself. Generally we are pleased with the accommodations but in this case the campground was a work in progress and seemed old and tired but they were "remodeling" the bathhouses albeit shoemaker style. They had wifi and cable with full hookups although we had a site with 110 and no sewer. We used the dump station before leaving.

We met two different couples who are full timers - they live in their RV's. The first one was in a 38' with all the amenities even a washer and dryer. The second couple lived in a 22' type C with 1 tip out. Too small for my taste.

Tasty treats - We ate at the Alabama restaurant in Opry Mills Mall. They have a country western/Alabama theme and great food. John had fried pickles and special mustard sauce on his burger and I had a great bbq pulled pork sandwich.

We had originally decided to stop at LBL after leaving Branson but Nashville was only about another hour and a half so we decided to push on, arriving after about 10 hours of driving. (I took over for about 2 hours) We were too tired to see a show that night and the campground booking was full anyway so we located the closest Catholic church for Mass the next day. We found it in the next county using the interstate. After that we ate catfish at a local place. It was good but I doubt it was "the world's best" like the sign promised cause we were the only customers in the place. John decided to go with me to Mass the next morning since he wasn't confident that I wouldn't get lost. The church was named St Joseph's and it had the largest crucifix I had ever seen. That night we went to a dinner theater called Nashville Nightlife. They had a variety show and Shotgun Red who was just about as good as we remembered him to be. We bought his DVD and plan to share it.
On Monday evening we saw John Beardsley imitate Elvis at the Texas Troubadour Theater which is right beside the Tubs Record store. He was better than most. He had 5 costume changes and presented Elvis from the early days to his final performances. He went up the isles kissing the ladies (me too) and after the show I got my picture taken with him.

The Grand Ole Opry is a live radio show (not a theater performance) and only airs on Friday and Saturday nights. But recently (1990's) they added a Tuesday show so although we had only planned to stay in Nashville 3 nights, we extended an additional day to see the Tuesday performance. This time we took a shuttle bus from the campground with 5 other couples even though we knew where to go, thinking they might provide better seats. As it turned out we were in the 1st row but on the side of the theater. It was a very enjoyable and entertaining evening - a part of history. We finally realized that our camera takes lousy night/indoor shots. We may have to remedy that with a new one.

They have red dirt here.
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