I was stressed for weeks before my California trip, some of that time is a bit of a blur. Going through some photos, I realize the last blog post missed a whole state and stop. Granted it was just an overnight stay, but the area of West Virginia we traveled through was very pretty.
Our one night was in Milton, West Viriginia, and we stayed at another KOA that we liked. The Huntington-Fox Fire KOA is a nice park not far from the highway with very friendly staff, and clean, level sites.
I didn't take a single photo.
From there we moved on to Kentucky, covered in the last post :-)
Now that things are back to normal, hopefully I can avoid forgetting any other stops!
Our back-in site at Two Rivers RV Park is level with trees on either side. FHUs with 30 amp, and our satellite connects. Decent separation with grass and picnic table. Over the course of our stay the water pressure and electric service are less than perfect.
Tuesday we take advantage of sunny skies and head to downtown. We check out Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans. It is different from the other stadiums we've visited with openings at both ends. As a result we can see inside from the sidewalk. Not Titans fans, but it's a great venue.
We take our first drive through downtown where there is major construction on almost every block. This is a town that is growing in a very big way. Looking for the capitol we find Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and stop for a nice walk. This is a very special place, combining lovely grounds with the history of Tennessee shared along a marble wall. Veteran memorials and large bell towers complete the urban park.
|The combination of old and new really works in this city.|
|A wonderful medium for outlining the state's history|
|A lot of music history included|
|Defining moments in the state and the nation|
|A lovely mall marred by that weird Sheraton spaceship thingy|
|Half of the circle of bell towers that ring on the hour.|
|The glare from outside is bad, but I want to remember this talented trio|
There is so much to see and do here, and our priority is visiting the Johnny Cash Museum. Not because we are big Cash fans, but because a fellow Eagle Mountain High School alumni is the founder. Bill Miller graduated four years after Bill so we don't know him well, but we are excited for his success in this wonderful city. We meet him at the museum and learn he and his family were long time friends of Johnny and June, and were with him a week before his passing. They opened the museum while still living in Southern California and moved here when the enterprise took off. Their Patsy Cline Museum is under construction, and their son opened Nudie's Honky Tonk last week. Wow! We are so happy for him!!
Bill has to get to a meeting before I get a photo, next time for sure :-) We take our time enjoying this very professional and personal tribute to a good friend and hall-of-fame musician. It is shoulder-to-shoulder packed by the time we leave.
|Personal items including these cups from the Folsom Prison warden in 1968|
|Childhood and family photos|
|An amazing career|
|Johnny's hand written Folsom Prison Blues and two of several Grammy Awards|
|Sit down for a bit and enjoy a montage of movies and TV shows featuring Johnny Cash|
|Several personal pieces with these long-time friends and musical collaborators|
|A musical icon who made his home in Nashville. Come see his museum and learn about his incredible life.|
At Pam's recommendation (she hasn't steered us wrong yet) we have lunch at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge by the Ryman Theatre downtown.
Live music and bars on two floors, the place is pretty busy on this weekday so we sit upstairs. It's too cold for me to sit on the large roof-top patio, but it's view of downtown is sweet.
|Still home to the Grand Ol' Opry from November through March.|
|I didn't realize that "near the Ryman" meant within a couple feet!|
|Plywood walls and ceiling are un-expected.|
|No conversations while the music is playing with those speakers :-)|
|Every wall is covered with layers of writing, including all the way to the ceiling. ??|
Jim and Diana have left Amazon early and get in touch to say they're coming to Nashville for the weekend. This is great news, can't wait to spend some more time with these two new friends!!