Day 21 - Music City, USA
Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
38Trip End Oct 01, 2011
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Where I stayed
The Tullai Home
What I did
I don’t follow sports too closely, but I have been under the impression for a long time that SEC (Southeastern Conference) football is supposed to be really special. When we were planning this trip and I realized that we would be near an SEC school (Vanderbilt University) during a home-game weekend, I made it a priority to try and get a taste of southern college football. Vandy’s opponent, the University of Mississippi, is also kind of special to us as Michael Oher played there a few years ago.
Well, we all made it to the game on time, and began sweating only a few minutes later
He game was a lot of fun – Vandy won in a rout, 30-7; and the stands were almost full. It was really nice to experience the college atmosphere – though it was a little more refined than what we are used to. It is my understanding that the Vandy crowd is a little more prim and proper than most SEC schools.
After the game, we split off from Karen’s family for a while and headed down Broadway to downtown Nashville – the part of the city where you can roll down your car window and listen to the music emanate from the bars along the street. The “downtown” area of Nashville is VERY small, but it has a lot of flavor. It is worth mentioning too that Nashville has it's own Parthenon - yeah, a full-sized concrete replica of the famous Greek building. Nashville doesn't really strike me as the obvious location for such a structure, but it's here - and the people seem to like it!
We then crossed the Cumberland River to a park with a nice view of the city. In a few short minutes, Heather led us to a geocache that was hidden there
Tonight we had BBQ ribs and pork sandwiches from a local restaurant, and then hung out by the pool for a long time while the kids played. Layla and Kaelise have made it very clear to us that they have NO desire to leave – they’d be totally satisfied to stay with Logan and Summer for the next couple of weeks while Heather and I wrap up the trip. They sure are going to be frustrated with us tomorrow morning then.
It will be off to the state of Arkansas, a few landmarks, and hopefully some more southern cooking. We were thinking about staying at the Toad Suck Campground (yep, that is the real name of the place) near Conway, but we’re not sure about that anymore. There may be tornadoes in the forecast….