We decided to rent a car for two day and see the sights of Nashville. On Thursday we spent the day in downtown Nashville. It was a full day and lots of traffic. Our Enterprise driver said that the population of Nashville in over 2 million. We forgot our car GPS so we used my Droid App and it worked real good. Only problem was the battery was used up pretty fast.
There was so much to see. First we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. We took the self tour which a different country star gave a narrative of each section. All though neither one of us are big Country Music fans, we did enjoy (or should I say I enjoyed) the exhibits which went from the early folk roots through today's stars. The exhibit on Charley Pride reminded me of my younger days and my old roommate and still good friend today, Joyce, who was a real fan of country music and liked Charley Pride. I also enjoyed the Hall of Fame Rotunda Room which recognized and honored all it's members. Next we went down to Broadway Street and Honky Tonk Row. We had lunch and listened to all the music. Each bar had bands and singers preforming all day and into the night. We did some shopping as there were tons of shops. After Broadway Street we drove about 16 miles out to the Grand Ole Opry House. It wasn't open but I was able to get a few picture. We had the car for a second day of sight seeing but by this time we both had enough so we did the next best thing. We went out to Hermitage to the only West Marine store we could find in the area and after we went to Walmart to stock up. The Dock Master/Owner here is Arch and he is a very nice man. He gave us a Looper rate on fuel and a good rate on dockage; he even threw in a free extra day. Rumor has it he was married to a famous country western singer that just got married again for the 3rd time.
CO's comments: The marina that we are at is located in an old rock quarry. It is very well protected because of the high walls and trees are all around us. The only problem is the entrance is very shallow with the bottom consisting of rock. If you mess this entrance up you are going to have severely bent props or worse. My depth alarm was constantly going off on our way in.
Rock Harbor Marina, Nashville - view of gas dock from our slip. A different set up at this marina. You can only get to the gas dock by boat so the people who work here drive around in small, flat bottomed, boats.
Backed into our slip at Nashville. View from our bow.
We are on Fern Row. Every one has at least one fern hanging by their boat. I felt like I should go out and buy one too.
Entering the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on 6-14-2012. The round part of the building to the left is the Rotunda.
Bobbie in front of the Gold Record Wall.
Honky Tonk Central Bar. Doors are open on all establishments and music is every where.
Honky Tonk Row
We had lunch at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Restaurant and Bar on Honky Tonk Row.
Street vendors play on the street and in all the bars just for tips and hopes of being discovered.
Grand Ole Opry House-Nashville, TN