|Mon, 09 Aug: A mostly serene and pleasant 180 mile drive took us from Bardstown to LaVergne, TN. We stopped at the Bowling Green (KY) Camping World to pick up some interior 12 volt lamps that are only available at RV supply outlets. It was mid way, so we changed drivers and Bob got to drive the less serene and less pleasant final leg thru Nashville and to our campsite.
We first tried to shoehorn Carpe into our cousin's driveway, but it was just too tight for comfort. Regrettable as it would nave been very convenient.
Our back up plan (always gotta have a back up plan) was to stay at the Corps (that's pronounced "core" Oh Anointed One) of Army Engineers Poole Knob Recreation Area. It is on the shore of J. Percy Priest Lake and is beautifully wooded and secluded. With our "old fart" discount card it is only $9/nite for 50 amp power & water.
We'll be here for at least a week taking in the sights and visiting with our cousins Steve & Anita Rich (and their progeny). We're planning a continuation of our Bourbon Trail adventure by visiting the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg. It isn't Bourbon, but it's very good "Tennessee Sippin' Whiskey".
Tue, 10 Aug: After a lazy morning we headed to Lynchburg and the Jack Daniel's distillery. It was an interesting tour that highlighted some of the differences (as well as similarities) between bourbon and Jack Daniel's. The processes are very similar, but because Jack Daniels is not located in Kentucky they cannot produce "bourbon", as that name is a registered trademark.
Also, because the distillery is located in a dry county, the "tasting" consists of lemonade (we passed). We spent some time exploring the little town of Lynchburg and managed to eschew any purchases (liquid or other).
Temps are really pretty toasty most of this area. Thermometer readings are in the mid to high 90°s, and "heat index" another ten degrees above those. It is also quite humid, so stepping outdoors includes fogged glasses and (in Sandi's case) even curlier hair. Welcome to the south in August (and we're heading to Florida???)
Good news today, Ray & Cathie Bailey will be heading east and we're planning to rendezvous in Huntsville, Alabama next week. It'll be sooo good to seem them.
Wed, 11 Aug: A "housework" day. Laundry at a nearby coin laundry. There was a hair salon as part of the laundry, and they were able to work both of us in for long overdue haircuts. We were out by eleven with two baskets full of clean clothes and freshly shorn locks. Afternoon was stay in the coach catching up with paperwork and other routine household chores.
Late afternoon we drove to Steve and Anita's home, from where we drove to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum. They were showing Chihuly glass, which was beautifully arrayed around the gardens and museum buildings. It was brutally hot and humid, but we chugged on, enjoying the play of gardens and glass. One of the buildings contained several Fabrege Eggs, which are always a delight to see (and we didn't get to see them in the Hermitage).
After dark the gardens and Chihuly glass were illuminated, which was something (see photos). Then to a late dinner and home shortly before eleven. Pretty late night for these ole' folks.
Thu, 12 Aug: We arose late due to last evenings wild time... We went through our mail (which had been sent to the Rich's place), and then headed to Prince's for their famous southern pan fried chicken with an attitude. The "attitude" refers to the fact that the chicken is available with lots of heat (and not the thermometer kind). Sandi had "hot", which was wonderful—her lips tingled for hours afterward.
Then on to Costco for some essentials. While in Costco we heard rumbling, and as we left the skies were darkening and lightning was everywhere. It was a slow drive home as the highways were very congested due to the heavy rain and minor flooding. But we made it OK and enjoyed the cooler temperatures following the storm. In fact, after dinner we sat outside for the first time since we arrived and watched the fireflies flitting around. We now know for sure we're in the south—great fried chicken, Piggly Wiggly groceries, and fireflies!
Sat, 14 Aug: We lazed around the coach in the morning and then drove to Steve and Anita's around two. We went to an early dinner at Carl's Perfect Pig in White Bluff, west of Nashville. Carl's is a small local BBQ place that was featured on The Food Channel. It was fascinating: Excellent food and the "oinker pink" decor was something you'll not find on every corner. Good choice Steve & Anita!
We went back to their place where we sat around and gabbed until late evening and then we headed back home before it got too dark. We "oldsters" are getting less and less fond of driving at nite and try to avoid doing so. Especially when our coach is in the middle of a forest with no lites whatsover...