Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Nashville Tennessee had lots of promise but left us dissappointed. Let me just say that had Reggie and I come here to vacation and see the sights, we would have had a great time just hanging out near Music Row...bars, restaurants, shops, museums, live entertainment on the corner would have made us happy, but for kids it did not work out. The really neat looking places don't allow minors in. Parking was $15 everywhere we looked, the area was dirty and littered with trash, and all the eating places looked very anti-kid friendly. We decided to try Gaylord Opryland Resort...and it was a step up. It had our jaw dropping as soon as we stepped foot in the door. What an amazing sight to see a building-scratch that-a miniature city, all self contained under one roof. But again...the kids were impressed for about ten minutes, then ready to go. Our most fun was had at Cooter's Place-a shop and museum (free) dedicated to the old TV show "Dukes of Hazzard". They had tons of vintage items that definitely brought back childhood memories for me-mostly that super awesome metal Dukes of Hazzard lunchbox I begged my mom for during my elementary school days. They also had full size replicas of the General Lee, Cooter's tow truck, Daisy's jeep, and Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrain's police car. It was a lot of fun for me trekking down memory lane. And for you Willie fans, next door was a Willie Nelson museum and gift shop. That's where I got my favorite picture of the trip so far....Can you guess which one? After a quick dinner at SteakNShake we headed back to the Embassy Suites for some swimming and TV time. Kinda sad that we would rather do that than anything else in Nashville....Maybe I'll come back and try again as an adult only trip, but I definitely wouldn't reccommend it for kids.
Started out on our Southern States Tour yesterday...and started a little rough. Didn't get the right rental car from Hertz-ugh and traffic backed up on I-35 which put us an hour behind before we even got out of Waco. BUT, that was the end of the bad news! Drove straight to Hot Springs, Arkansas and stayed with our favorite Scottish couple, Eric and Leslie, at Alpine Inn. This was our 3rd time to stay here and we enjoy it more every single time! We stayed in the safari suite since we had 4 kiddos with us....which proved an excellent choice! Always clean, smelling great with super fresh linens and towels and at only around $100 for a Friday night suite with 3 double beds and a kitchen...I LOVE this place!! Eric even stayed up til midnight to make sure we got in okay and left capri suns and snacks for the kids on the kitchen table. After visiting with them this morning we headed out for breakfast and then to the University of Arkansas Garvan Gardens. This place is an amazing hidden gem! At $6 for adults and $4 for kids (a $1 off per person coupon can also be printed from their website) this place proved to be an all day adventure. We climbed, we adventured, we posed for pictures, we smelled the beautiful flowers, we fed the Koi fish, we played hide and seek, we played in the mountain streams, we mined for quartz, we listened to the carillon, and we picnicked on a fallen log bridge. The kids played like kids should...no Ipods, no cell phones....just nature and exploring the streams, the rocks, and the plants. It was a beautiful Arkansas day..dirty, happy, and all.