I told Fred if a tornado comes, we are diving into a ditch that is on the edge of the RV park. He is not happy because we saw it full of water with the deluge we had the other day. He says, so I either get blown away or I drown! He can be so funny!!! We'll let you know how we do on Saturday when it should be all over.
|Willie Nelson was waiting for our arrival at RV campground|
|folks having their pictures taken on the stage|
Next is a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame. This is a large new building with incredible displays of costumes, instruments, pictures, posters, video, cars etc. In other words anything related to all the stars. Walls filled with gold records for so many artists that it really is a bit overwhelming to see. It is definitely another shrine! Quite impressive.
|one small view of gold albums as we walk down a stairway|
Our tour did give us a great view of the area and the driver / tour guide was quite funny and had lots and lots of stories about many country artists. It was quite a delightful tour and we were a fun group of 19 on the tour.
Today we followed the Old Tennessee Settlers to Soldiers trail. This is an 84 mile loop, if you don't do any of the many side loops, starting out of Nashville. By the time we were done, I think it was close to 130miles. Very pretty country side to drive around on small roads and see some of the many sites of first settlers and then Civil War. Unfortunately, we learned that though there were many historical markers along the trail, there were very few places to pull over to read them or see the actual site. Very perplexing. At one point, we were walking on the road to backtrack to a site. Only did that once, since it was not a great thing to attempt. Oh well!
We did do a tour of President James Polk house in Colombia Tennessee. This was actually the house his father built. Polk lived there and read law in town. He and his wife Sarah did own a home in Nashville, but it had been torn down in 1901. It did not seem very revealing to me, some actual artifacts, but not many, though there was an indication that there were more stored away somewhere. When I asked about where some things might be, thinking at some other residence or even the Smithsonian, the tour guide did not know. We may have to look into this some more. Did not get a feel for who this man really was by visiting the house. But, no matter, we just added another to our list of President home visits.
Doing this drive today was just a feast for the eyes. There were so many beautiful antebellum homes all along the route, green fields and streams. There were some cows, but this is mainly horse country. Just very beautiful and a great drive to take.
Well, that's it for today. Stay tuned!
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!