This weekend was everything I had hoped it would be.
After an early morning run on Sunday, we showered up and headed South. It’s only a 4 hour trip, but I had to stop twice to,*ahem*, use the ladies’ room. Hubby is very patient about it, but he tends to make comments like “I don’t usually drink very much while I’m traveling.”
We arrived in Nashville around 1:30 pm, starving, and ready for our first taste of BBQ. We parked near Broadway and went straight to Rippy’s.
I’d love to tell you about it now, but I’m actually saving both BBQ reviews for another blog. Stay tuned! It’ll be worth the wait!
We enjoyed some music there and then headed to a few more bars on Broadway.
We headed for the hotel in the early evening hours. The bars were enjoyable, but neither one of us were in the mood for late night parties, or partiers. We checked into or hotel, located just outside of Nashville, had a few cocktails during their happy hour, and then checked out a nearby lake that was known to have a great running path.
Monday was just as fun! After a workout and breakfast, we headed to a place I’ve been dying to see:
But they weren’t open yet…..
Have you guessed where we are?
The AMERICAN PICKERS store!!!
It musta been Mike and Frank’s day off though, ’cause they weren’t there. But looking at the items and recognizing some of them from the shows, was incredibly fun for me!
From there, we went to Franklin, TN. I wanted to visit some residential areas around Nashville in case we decide to move there.
I fell in love with Franklin. There’s a part of town that has the feel of an historical neighborhood. Lofts, apartments, townhouses. Quaint coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores. All within walking distance. And Franklin is only about 10-15 minutes from downtown Nashville.
The area surrounding Franklin is mountainous, and would be perfect for motorcycle riding. It’s definitely on the list!
For lunch we headed to Martin’s BBQ Joint. OMG is all I’m going to say about that right now. Stay tuned….
Then back to the hotel for some down time and some pool time. The day was topped off with a fabulous night at The Bluebird Cafe.
The Bluebird Cafe is where songwriters go to perform the songs they have written. Many big name country stars have performed there. It’s a tiny bar and there’s always a line to get in. Mondays are open mic night where beginning songwriters can showcase their songs. We got there an hour early, and already there was quite a line.
We squeezed into the corner at a table with a couple of other guys, and Emma.. the sweet little blonde standing in front of us while we were in line.
Going into this, I didn’t think I’d be interested in staying there for any length of time, but when all the novice songwriters began performing, I was in awe! Every person was extremely talented. They all had different styles, interests and techniques. Some were quite unusual, some were incredibly funny, and some were goosebump good! I fell in love with Emma (Lord). Her voice was so sweet, her song was terrific, and I hope she makes it. The other guys we were with were great as well! More John Mayer-ish than country. Kevin Castle and Jacob Kupin. We walked out of there smiling from ear to ear, and talking about it the rest of the night.
Early Tuesday morning, we drove back to the lake so I could run. The path was definitely the most challenging path I have ever taken. Many long, steep hills. I managed to run the 4 miles, although some of the hills were so steep I’m not sure I was still running, and the downhills afterwards were pretty tough to manage as well. But it was exhilarating. I loved all the wildlife sounds and looking over the water. I loved running with the other early morning runners. I felt good! The weather was beautiful and cool, and I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to our trip.
We said our goodbyes to Tennessee shortly after breakfast. I was sad to see it go, but it absolutely did it’s job of taking us away from our troubles for a while. It showed us we can have fun together, and have conversations that don’t involve health care, doctor appointments, teen motivation, money, yada yada yada….
We came back better friends. And despite the difficult times that we know lay ahead, I haven’t been this happy in months!