Nashville, TN for Easter Weekend

Friday, April 18th
We arrived in Nashville Friday afternoon. We’re staying at the KOA for 3 nights. We’re in site I-05. The KOA has taken several rows in the lower older section and really done a transformation. They made a bunch of premium pull-through sites. Really nice.

Nashville KOA - Site I-05

Nashville KOA – Site I-05

Recently, we watched Guy Fiere eating at Athen’s Family Restaurant in Nashville, on an episode of Diners, Drive‑Ins and Dives. So, why not? We stopped to give it a try. We felt it was pretty average Greek food. We liked it. It just wasn’t amazing.2014-04-18 18.28.11

After dinner we headed towards a nearby theater to see the movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Grand Budapest Hotel - It was a campy movie, but it sucked us in.  We liked it.

The Grand Budapest Hotel – It was a campy movie, but it sucked us in. We liked it.

Saturday, April 19th
We picked up Lisa and Mike late this morning. We had planned to go to the Nashville Zoo. We were about a mile away and the traffic was nearly stopped with cars waiting to enter the Zoo. Turns out there was a special event there today – Eggstravaganzoo. We decided to go with plan B – which we made up as we did our u-turn.

But first things first – we decided to stop for a snack at Krispy Kreme! We hardly ever go here anymore, but it just sounded good. And it was.Krispy Kreme

After our snack, we made our way towards Belle Mead. Today’s event would be touring the Belle Meade Plantation. Nancy, Lisa and Mike had all been here before, but it’s a first for me. We had 45 minutes to kill before our main house tour, so we walked the grounds, visiting the various other buildings and sites on the property.

Belle Meade Plantation - Belle Meade / Nashville, TN

Belle Meade Plantation – Belle Meade / Nashville, TN

Belle Meade Plantation was not a cash-crop plantation. They bred and raised thoroughbred racing horses here. Quite a storied history as the property passed through various generations of family, then private, then state purchased and now non-profit run.

Belle Meade Plantation - Main House

Belle Meade Plantation – Main House

Belle Meade Plantation - Main House

Belle Meade Plantation – Main House

 Jim and Nancy

Jim and Nancy

Lisa and Mike

Lisa and Mike

Dairy

Dairy

Smokehouse

Smokehouse

Smokehouse

Smokehouse

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Original Homestead

Original Homestead

Tulips with a grist mill grinding wheel in the background

Tulips with a grist mill grinding wheel in the background

Sunday, April 20th
He is Risen! Happy Easter friends and family. We are still in Nashville, staying at the KOA. We attended Easter church services in the rally hall at KOA today. It was a nice service with a relatively new church that meets here each week.

After lunch, while Nancy went to pick up Lisa and Mike, I spent an hour replacing the Automatic Transfer Switch in the RV. The replacement was pretty straightforward, but I’m not sure that it’s working correctly. I was a bit tired and sore after being all contorted in such a confined space for an hour, so I’ll do more testing on this later. :)

Transfer Switch (on left) - Installed

Transfer Switch (on left) – Installed

We went out for a family Easter dinner tonight at a Nashville restaurant called Amerigo, an Italian Restaurant. Pretty nice place and really good food.

Cedar Planked Sea Bass (center), veggies and mashed potatoes

Cedar Planked Sea Bass (center), veggies and mashed potatoes

Afterwards, we drove up the road to J. Alexanders. We wanted carrot cake and per Trip Advisor, this is the place. Wow! It sure was. Their key lime pie was great too and Mike had their deconstructed sundae and it looked real interesting. The coffee was even amazing – made with a French press table-side and poured into hot coffee cups.

All in all, a great day of remembering our Lord and Savior and spending time with family.

We head home tomorrow (Monday).

More Memphis – Gus’s Fried Chicken (again), Mud Island and Rendezvous BBQ

Thursday, April 17th
We worked from the RV this morning, then around lunch-time, headed into downtown Memphis. We decided to go back to Gus’s Fried Chicken for another round. Once again, really good chicken. This time, I had 2 wings and a leg. They mistakenly brought me 2 legs and no wings. Win – an extra leg at n/c plus the missing wings! I love white chicken meat but I also love the moistness and flavor of chicken legs.
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Gus's - It's what's for lunch!

Gus’s – It’s what’s for lunch!

From Gus’s, we went to the Tennessee Welcome Center and free-parked the truck.

We walked across the street and up the hill a bit to the Mud Island ticket center and tram.   Nancy bought our tickets, we boarded the monorail and headed over to Mud Island River Park.  This is the first time there for us.

Plaque  as you walk up the stairs and into the Mud Island monorail station

Plaque as you walk up the stairs and into the Mud Island monorail station

Motor, cable and pulley that operates the Mud Island monorail

Motor, cable and pulley that operates the Mud Island monorail

Our monorail car at the station, waiting for the next load of passengers

Our monorail car at the station, waiting for the next load of passengers

A view from inside our monorail car as another monorail car approaches us

A view from inside our monorail car as another monorail car approaches us

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A child playing in the river!  A model of the Mississippi River that is :)

A child playing in the river! A model of the Mississippi River that is :)

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A view of the Mississippi River model from our monorail car

A view of the Mississippi River model from our monorail car

Another view of the Mississippi River model from our monorail car

Another view of the Mississippi River model from our monorail car

After walking the entire of the Mississippi River (model :), we were tired.  We headed back to the RV for a rest (a nap for Nancy and work for me, but with my feet up :).

For dinner on our last night in the Memphis area, it was time to finally try Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous for the famous “Memphis Dry Rub” style ribs.CVR_Sign3CVR_Sign2

Sorry Charlie Vergos - I did not care for your ribs :(

Sorry Charlie Vergos – I did not care for your ribs :(

After dinner, we took a stroll down Beale Street. We planned to have a drink at BB Kings but they wanted $5 each to get in. Sorry BB.

We decided to stop into A. Schwab. Always fun to see all the nostalgic stuff.schwab3

A. Schwab’s has a Soda Fountain, so we decided to have dessert there. I had a vanilla and hot fudge malt.Schwabs Soda Fountain MenuMalt at Schwabs

We continued our Beale Street stroll.
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We ended up at Silky O’Sullivan’s. Much quieter than BB Kings would have been.silky-osullivans-facade
We had our night cap at Silky O’Sullivan’s and called it a night.