October 11-24 Two weeks on Terra-Firma


We docked in a little town 1 1/2 hours west of Nashville named New Johnsonville for 2 weeks while we rented a car & drove to Tryon.  We were able to get caught up on some business & socialize (imagine that!) with friends & family.  We spent time with Trip’s parents as well as many other friends.  Highlights included celebrating our friend Cee Cee’s 50th birthday with the birthday girl as well as Ron, John & Danae.  It was great to be able to include a hunt breakfast & catch up with our many hunting friends as well as being able to take in the annual “Shukin N Shagin” night at FENCE.  After a week in Tryon we went on our annual hiking trip to Snowbird Mountain Lodge in the Great Smokey Mountain National Forest with our friends Maude, Don & Phyllis.  That is such a treat with the leaves changing color & being able to enjoy the lodge, with wonderful fires, games and gourmet food- a very special place!  We then headed west & capped off our time away with a long weekend in Nashville, a place we had never been to.  It really is an enjoyable city with a great historic downtown & many beautiful parks.  We stayed in the convenient Church Street/West End area & were able to walk the dogs at Centennial Park which boasts the only full size replica of The Parthenon in the world.  We got to some great restaurants & had seats on Saturday night to the Grand Ole Opry.  We are not big country music fans but they really put on a show.  Featured singers included Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Jimmie Dickens (89 years old) & The Rocky Top Boys.  We then drove back to New Johnsonville & boarded “Tally-Ho” with our wonderful crew (Steve and Summer) who had gotten alot done aboard to begin our trip south to Mobile.

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