Today we actually did some touring of the Nashville area (we sort of needed to, it was our last full day in Nashville). We started our day in the town of Hermitage, about 20 minutes out of downtown Nashville. Hemitage is home to "The Hermitage." This was President Andrew Jackson's home. It was a huge estate that at one time needed around 150 slaves to run the plantation. The place was very well done and almost everything in the house was the same as when the family left it. There was so much to see there that you could really spend a whole day but we had to leave after 2 1/2 hours without doing the whole thing if we wanted to see downtown Nashville at all. It's probably kind of boring reading about what we did in Nashville but I'll tell you anyways. We pretty much walked up and down Broadway street (the honky-tonk area) looking at shops and stores. We also walked down to the water front at the end of the street, saw the old Grand Ole Oply building, and a little section of a fort (nothing overly exciting). Lauryn and I got cowboy hats and we all found some souvenirs. I think we have done our share for the economy today! Oh yeah, tonight we went through the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Gorgeous!!! Gardens everywhere and a river running right through it with some shops and retaurants acting like an island inside! I told everyone that if I got famous and/or rich, I would bring them back to stay in that hotel.
We'll be home soon but tomorrow we have to say good-bye to Grandma and Grandpa. They'll be flying home Tuesday and we leave for Asheville in tomorrow morning, but it's been great traveling with them!
Lynsey (sorry.......I know...... too long)