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2018: Nov 25-Dec 1

Week three in Tennessee…

In three weeks, we have had only two days with sunshine and nice weather. The leaves have all dropped and the rolling hills are mostly brown. Gray skies and cold air appear to be the norm at the moment. Determined not to let this dampen our spirits and knowing there is so much to explore and do here, we set out to make the best of it.

If you are ever in an area and are unsure of what to do, ask a local. We did just that and set our sights toward Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. (4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville, TN)

We took the VIP tour – this is the only one that allows photographs and video. Russ and I both agree it was totally worth it! It says it runs for 1.5 hours, but ours ran a little longer (around 2 hours) due to members of the group (ourselves included) asking questions. Our group only had 6 people in it – perfect size!

I believe I learned more about Andrew Jackson in that 2 hours than I did during all of my schooling growing up. And while I think it would have been nice to have seen The Hermitage during nicer weather, the bad weather did keep away quite a few people so we were able to enjoy it without large crowds.

Hermitage

The rest of the week was pretty quiet. We took the Battle of Hartsville Driving Tour. There are numbered markers along the route but no information and in most of the locations, very little room to pull off on the side of the road. We used the link above to map out the route and learn what each stop was about.  Some of the markers were tricky to find and as far as we could tell, nearly all of the structures mentioned are no longer standing. Even still, Russ and I learned a bit more about Civil War history and had fun for a few hours tracking down the locations and doing the research.

Am I the only one who had never been to a Waffle House before? Everyone I run into lately seemed amazed that I had never been to one. Russ and I found one not too far from where we have been staying so we went for breakfast one morning. I still don’t get all of the hullabaloo, but I found the food was good, served fast and everyone there was friendly. Would I go again? Sure. Will I go out of my way for it? Probably not.  Given that they seem to be everywhere around here, they have ensured that I will not be put in that situation.

I did go out of my way to get my flu shot. Last year I opted not to get one and wound up getting the flu while I was on business travel. I had to cancel my return flight because I was so weak I couldn’t make it to the airport and spent an entire week alone in my hotel room. It was the most miserable week ever.  If getting my shot this year puts the odds in my favor even just a little bit to protect me against it – or at the very least make it not as severe…I am happy to get the shot. As full-time RVers, we aren’t close to our regular doctor, but thankfully we were able to stop in at any Walgreen’s and get it taken care of.

We wrapped up the week with Russ cooking! He doesn’t cook a lot, but when he does, he makes spaghetti with meat sauce. It was a wonderful treat – I think i’m going to go back for seconds!

2018: Nov 18-24

Chilly air and cloudy skies cannot dampen the atmosphere in Nashville. While many people were grabbing Black Friday deals at the stores, Russ and I took advantage of having family “puppy-sit” Abbey and Billie and we set off to explore.

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Exploring Downtown Nashville

We started off on 4th street and initially planned on visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame. We got a bit distracted as we hit South Broadway as music flowing from each establishment lured us into store after store. I believe Russ was thankful that we live in our Little Guy Max with our limited space or we would have been walking home with armloads of shopping bags! Even window shopping can be exhausting and we quickly  worked up an appetite. We came upon Jason Aldean’s Kitchen and Rooftop Bar and had lunch. Russ learned to never walk away before giving his drink order 😉

Jason Aldeans

South Broadway at night is like a cowboy’s Vegas. Flashing lights, music and crowds galore. We met up with my sister and her husband for dinner at Rodizio Brazilian Steakhouse. They had all been here before, but it was my first time. Upon arrival, we were given a wooden stick with a green block on one end and a red block on the other and instructed to set it with the green block up to keep the servers coming, the red block up to take a break and to lie it on its side when you are ready for the check. With the “meat faucet” set to green, about every 2 minutes server after server approached our table with a different type of expertly prepared steak, chicken, ham, pork, or fish. They shave it off a giant skewer right at your table. There are side dishes available at a buffet station – but I never made it that far. I did, however, save room for dessert (priorities!!!). The chocolate cake was heavenly….

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Long lost relative, Russ?

We could not go to Nashville without seeking out Antique Archaeology. I am guilty of bingeing American Pickers from time to time. It’s located in a really cool building with a lot of shops. There is limited paid parking across the street but the downtown trolleys also stop there. We walked by the storefront at first, as did a bunch of other people as we all wound up wandering around the interior of the Marathon building. Access to Antique Archaeology is from the exterior but it is easy to miss. If you go, it is located right next door to Bang Candy Co (which makes amazing peanut butter fudge, by the way). Inside Antique Archaeology, we saw many items that we have seen on the tv shows. They have a lot of merchandise such as mugs, tshirts, hats, etc with their logo on it for sale as well.

Antique Archaeology
Antique Archaeology in Nashville

The highlight of the week though was Thanksgiving. Russ and I have spent many years far away from family during the holidays so it was extra special to be here. A full house, lots of food and we even had sunshine – what more can you ask for!

Until next week –

Kerry