7/18/14 - Nashville TN To Nacogdoches, TX - Part One|
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A little aside. This site is called a “web site.” It's really a “diary” of our travels. Someday we will have only memories of our many journeys in our motor homes. These diary entries will enable us to go back in time and re-live adventures and trips we've long forgot. Much of the “dialogue” may hold little or no interest for you. So look at the pictures, if there are of interest - and skip the readings, if they are too wordy and long for you!
Our drive from Columbus, Ohio to Nashville took us around busy Cincinnati and across the Ohio River into Kentucky. We usually go down I-75 to Lexington, then follow the Bluegrass Parkway to Elizabethtown and on to Bowling Green. This time we put our destination into our trusty Google navigator and we were taken off I-75 and then on to I-71 - pretty much west to Louisville. (IMHO, not a happy nor interesting tip.) Louisville may be a nice place, but oh, so much traffic and lots of highway construction. Kathleen was sure we’d never get around Louisville, and the trip down to Bowling Green held little beauty or interest. From Bowling Green to the border was do-able because we knew we were getting closer to our destination.
Once in Tennessee our trusty navigation system instructed us to leave the Interstate earlier than we remembered doing, and had us head east on a road that was new to us. Truth be told, it was a lovely road and made us think of Ohio roads that we recently traversed. Kathleen was not at all sure Google would take us to our destination, but Google did. Her sister Barbara, and brother-in-law, Bill assured us that the route on which we came in from I-65 to our campground (Cedar Creek) was the best and closest route we could have taken!
After a journey of 408 miles, we were happy to arrive at camp safe! Barbara and Bill dropped by that evening for a “Welcome” but left for their home after a short visit.
The following day, John had to work, so we met at Barb and Bill’s lovely home
Bill and Paul relaxed a short while at poolside
Later that afternoon the four of us went downtown for a delicious dinner at Demos' Steak and Spaghetti House Demos It appears almost in the heart of Nashville, and after enjoying our delicious meal, we walked around “downtown.” We passed this building - the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, and also the place where the “Blues” began!
Many aspiring musicians are all over downtown, singing and/or playing, and probably hoping that some “scout” will discover them… Nashville surely is a town of music!
We stopped in this Ice Cream shop for some delicious ice cream. In the following picture you can see water being poured into a glass. #1: The water is real. #2: Water does not splash all over, but continues going into the glass that never seems to be full! It was quite amazing!
For tourists, this street sign and others like it, are helpful in getting around the busy city
What a nice time we had, but were ready to “head for home” and once we reached their home, we hopped into our car and headed for camp. Happily, we made it there before night fell!
The next day we met with John for a long-overdue reunion. It’s been a couple of years since we last saw him, and were really happy to be reunited with our youngest “child.” He took us to a nearby college where he is enrolled in an electronic discipline. He recently completed his first section and was awarded a spot on the honor roll. For someone who used to “hate” school, John is showing a new interest in learning!
John led us to the school, Kaplan College
John proved an excellent guide as he took us to many of his classrooms
John also introduced us to his instructor! We were much impressed with this place!
What an interesting and exciting experience!
On our way back to the motor home we stopped at the Aldi store and were impressed with their message:
Back to the motor home and camp
We stopped here for a light lunch, after which the three of us drove to a mall and theater where we saw “Jersey Boys” - an enjoyable movie. We followed the movie with a dinner at an Asian restaurant near the theater. Delicious food and great being together! As soon as John finds out his work hours, we will see him again!
On Sunday, Barbara and Bill hosted another feast to end feasts! (Just a little table laden with food that Barbara put together!) We were very happy to see niece Gina, her husband Fabian
and their daughter, Sonya
They drove in from some distance to see us.
Another happy sight was to see Kinley and her son Elijah who were escorted by Kinley’s boyfriend. Here the two of them enjoy a little time in the pool.
Elijah had a good time on the “raft!”
Nephew Allen was also in attendance with his lovely girlfriend, Ashley. What a nice couple!
While we were in Nashville we were guests of Barbara and Bill at our very first “Indoor Football” - what a unique experience! So much fun!
We met up with John the following day and did a little traveling around - and even stopped by to visit with niece Marcella. We have known Marcella since the day she was born, and what a joy to see and visit with this mature young woman! Best of all, we saw Angelo - and doesn’t this picture of him make you want to know him more?
Angelo and Paul hit it off right away, and what a grand time they had playing with legos!
We all drove to a nearby Cracker Barrel (one of Paul’s favorites, as he loves their broiled catfish!) We were triply blessed when Nick joined us all for diner!
The next day we promised to accompany Barbara in taking the dogs to a nearby “Dog Park.” The dogs love going to the park, and even though we did not go in Barb’s car, “Princess” was ready to drive us there herself!
We had a good time with the dogs at the park - a dog park that Paul called “The Mother of All Dog Parks” - it is so large, so appealing with manicured lawns and lots of room for dogs to run and play.
John had half a day off from work. He visited with Barb and Bill and we were glad to be able to see him one last time before we had to say “Goodbye” to him. He had class tonight, so after dropping him off, we enjoyed one last meal with Barb and Bill at a lovely restaurant that now occupies an old home in Nashville. K enjoyed a delicious Ahi tuna dinner, Barb had a chicken plate, Paul relished his pasta and shrimp plate, but poor Bill had 4 scallops - good though they were, that was about all his dish offered! He was a good sport about it, and all-in-all we had a grand last visit.
Our time in Nashville went by too quickly, and we did not have time to see everyone we hoped to see. Hopefully we will do better the next time we visit in this very busy city.
Just glad I had time to visit with my sister - she is the only remaining member of our family of origin, and our visits are few and far between…