Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tennessee Trip Recap

Last week I went to Tennessee to visit my sister (Ashley).  She's been living in Tennessee for a little over a year now and she is a Kindergarten teacher there.  My parents were planning on going down to visit, so I decided to tag along.  

It was a long, ten hour drive to get there, but we made it there Tuesday night.  We were tired from the drive, so we just hung out at Ashley's apartment on Tuesday night.  I played with her dog, Lambert.  He is a 6 month old Great Pyrenees and he is a giant.  This boy is 65 lbs and only 6 months old.  And he is a total sweet heart.

It was raining on Wednesday, so we drove around the the town she lives in and saw the school where she teaches and some other places.  Then we stopped at a Flea Market to pass some time.  There were a few things I liked, but I didn't end up buying anything.

We went to lunch at a place called Cheddar's and I had the BEST fish tacos I've ever had.  They were delicious.

My sister made dinner for us on Wednesday night and we hung out at her apartment and watched the Tigers baseball game.

Thursday was Nashville day!  Nashville is about 40 minutes from where my sister lives, so we spent a day there checking everything out.  We started at the Grand Ole Opry House.  I definitely recommend taking the guided tour there, totally worth the $19 per person.  It was a great tour and so fun to see "behind the scenes."

Rey (sister's boyfriend), Ashley (sister), Dad, Mom, and Me
After the Grand Ole Opry, we headed to downtown Nashville for lunch then headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame.  We got there just before 4:00 p.m. and it closed at 5:00 p.m. (I don't understand why it closed so early on a weeknight, but whatever).  So we had to make it a fairly quick trip.  It was fun to see all of the history and neat items they had, but I wasn't overly impressed.  I'm really glad we went, but I liked the Grand Ole Opry House better.

After the Country Music Hall of Fame, we headed to some of the bars on Broadway for some drinks and live music.  I LOVED the live music at the bars.  I could have stayed there all night!  We went to Legends, The Second Fiddle, and The Stage.  The band at The Second Fiddle was my favorite.

Friday was our last day in Tennesse.  My mom, sister (and Lambert), and I got up and went to Dunbar Cave so I could run.  They have trails/paths there, and I wanted to get a run in at least once while we were gone since I'm running my first 5K on Saturday.  We started walking toward the trail and I see this sign:

WHAT?!?  I was not thrilled about all of the snakes that I might see during my run on the trail, so I stuck to the paved path area and didn't see any snakes, thankfully.  I enjoyed a little relaxation time Friday afternoon with Lambert...

On the couch with me.
On the chair with my dad.
Friday night we ordered pizza for dinner and then headed out to some local bars.  We played pool, darts, sang karokee, drank $1.50 PBRs, and had too many Fireball shots.  It was a good way to end our trip to Tennesse.

Saturday morning my parents and I packed up and we started our 10 hour drive back to Michigan.  I had a great time and was happy to spend some time with my sister, but I was also glad to be back home and sleep in my own bed.

Have you ever been to Tennessee?  What were some of your favorite things you did while you were there?


  1. It looks like you had a great trip! I would love to do a long-weekend trip to Nashville! My boyfriend loves country music, so I think he would love it.

    Good luck on your 5K!

  2. Lambert is the biggest puppy I've ever seen! So cute! Is he a sheepish lion like in the movie? hehe

    It looks like you did a lot of fun things in Nashville while you were visiting! That is awesome you got to cover so much :) And I'm glad you didn't see any snakes, eek! We went to Tennessee last year but didn't stop in Nashville, just Gatlinburg and that surrounding area. The Smoky Mountains are so beautiful!