Monday, October 28, 2013
Nashville has been one of my favorite cities since Larry and I first visited in 2008. In fact, we've often talked of moving there over the past five years. It has a lot of things going for it, in my opinion: 1. I have a ton of family who live there. 2. It is a really manageably-sized city: Plenty of things to do, good places to eat, etc, yet it's still very drivable and walkable and not overwhelming. 3. Live music everywhere!
Anyway, during our road trip with friends earlier this month, we spent two nights in Cave City, Kentucky. We stayed there so we could visit Mammoth Cave National Park, but due to the federal government shutdown, the park was closed. Wop wop. There's not a whole lot to do in Cave City, but we did our best to make the most of it: we went to Dinosaur World, and toured Diamond Caverns. But once we had done those things, we found ourselves with a whole afternoon free and nothing left to do in southern Kentucky other than sit in our concrete wigwams and drink beer. That was going to get old fast, so we decided to drive 90 miles south and hang out in Nashville for a few hours.
It was a great decision: In four hours, we ate popsicles at Las Paletas (I've been dreaming of these popsicles since my cousin introduced me to them years ago - the creamy avocado was amazing!), shopped for CDs at Ernest Tubb's, walked down Broadway in search of beer and music, sat in Layla's honky tonk and listened to Sarah Gayle Meech and her band, shopped for cowboy boots, and had a fabulous dinner at Flyte.
As we were driving out of town, there was a huge fireworks display over the downtown area. Thanks, Nashville!
And then it was back to Cave City for beer in our wigwams!