After our time in Terre Haute we were all pretty excited because we had 4 days off! Our company manager decided to have us stop in Nashville for a couple days and then Atlanta for a day before heading to our next destination in South Carolina! When we arrived in Nashville I immediately called my high school friend, Erin Manning. I rarely get to see Erin, but she is SUPER TALENTED (check her out on itunes) and one of the funniest people I know. Erin went to school at Belmont in Nashville and has lived there now for about 5 years. After taking the hotel shuttle downtown and walking around a bit me, Tavis, and Kim all were picked up by Erin for dinner! We got a nice little tour around town before stopping for dinner at Jackson's, a really fun and unique place. We continued our guided tour before returning to the hotel that night.
The next day was our big day out in Nashville! We started off with a walking tour around downtown led by our very own Tavis Doucette. He had a guide that took us to all sorts of historic sites, government buildings, famous honky tonks, etc. We had lunch at a "meat and three", a traditional cafeteria-style restaurant where you choose one meat and 3 sides and then decided to get out of the rain by making a trek out of town to..... THE GRAND OLE OPRY!!! We piled ourselves into one cab for the ride and took a tour that showed us all over backstage, in the dressing rooms, and onto the famous circle stage. It was fascinating to also hear about the recent flooding and renovations done to the building, but a major highlight was watching our cast member, Katie Reid, step up and sing the National Anthem front and center for all the tourists to hear! It was a really cool moment and we had a lot of fun.
Heading back downtown for the night, we had some GREAT BBQ for dinner and then went to the Flying Saucer. My friend met us at this world-famous bar that has a wall of over 200 draught beers. It also just happened to be trivia night and with our great and diverse group, we won 3rd place!!! From there we knew we had to get out to a honky tonk even though it was only a Tuesday night. We went to Tootsie's where there was a great band playing and we staked out our spot right at the front of the stage. Within two songs our lovely ladies were pulled up on stage to dance with the singer and we continued dancing the night away before heading out of town in the morning!
On our way to Atlanta we picked up Katie Mitchell, who had spent time with her family nearby in Bowling Green, KY. On the bus we had a harvest party where Dad's pot roast and cornbread and watched "When Harry Met Sally." Once in Atlanta we had the great pleasure of meeting Katie Reid's grandparents, Shirley and Gene, who came to visit and be our groupies for a few days, following us along the road to see the show. We had the perfect quintessential Southern meal at Mary Mac's Tea Room (highly recommended) where they had everything from corn muffins and cinnamon rolls as pre-dinner rolls, to fried okra, pot likker, grits, andfried green tomatoes! I was obviously in heaven. I have quickly earned the nickname on tour of "Two-Tummy-Tripp", so any big meal that we have becomes a joke when I order way more than everyone else. Ha ha! That night we met up with some of Katie Mitchell's friends in town for a bit before calling it a night.
Love ya all!