Off to have tea w/Andrew Jackson..oops too late!
Trip Start May 01, 2013
147Trip End May 01, 2014
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The Hermitage; Grand Ole Opry
We first met up with Alex Bovee (former Disney Rec.) for breakfast and hear all about what she is up to. (sorry you'll have to come to Nashville to get the scope)!! We then headed out to the Hermitage to see the home of Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Again, we spent about 3.5 hours and could have still taken our time to see more and to stroll around those gorgeous manicured gardens around the house and around their burial site.
The house is impressive and the furnishings more so. But the grounds are too amazing for words
After leaving The Hermitage we headed home just in time to get ready for a pick-up from the Gray Line folks for a trip to Opry Land. It's neatly tucked in behind the Mall and once we got there we had to walk over a little bridge to get to the building. Very tree laden and you can hardly see the front of the building. Once inside, we found our seats and were at first disappointed. We were way over to the side. A "Minnie Pearl" look a-like was warming up the audience with the curtain down behind here and there are three TV screens for people to look at and one of the smaller ones next to our row (not a good omen for things to come). As it turned out, the whole stage is opened up and this show is actually a live radio program, broadcast every Tuesday for decades, around the world. There were 7 groups of various country artists (many promoting their new single) and each did three songs. It lasted a full three hours. Most of the names I had never heard of (Kenneth Anderson, Jim Ed Brown (knew him after he sang his hit song from 1952 - All the Bells are Ringing for Little Jimmy Brown) Love and Theft, Del McCoury Band, Riders In The Sky (funny cowboy songs and yodeling but they were good) Mandy Barnett, John Conlee and Chris Young (who opens for Brad Paisley on his upcoming tour)
Now about my road kill deer - Nick and I struggled with that deer to get her on our grill (usually 4 hamburgers is a crowd) and I tell you - it really took us forever to cook that carcass. It wasn't a pretty sight with the legs hanging over the edge (well let's be honest, it was ALL hanging over the edge). We decided that the Opposum in the freezer will be a lot easier to grill (Gordon and Betsy and recommendations for the Opposum - I know he will needs lots of marinating)!!
Off to Paducah Kentucky today.