after leaving natchez, we headed north on the natchez parkway and drove for 10 hours through beautiful green thick southern woods on a 2 lane highway towards nashville, tennessee. it poured several times to the point where you could barely see 20 feet in front of you. we passed several of these bridges, which i thought were amazingly beautiful...and i'm from the land of bridges!!
when we finally got to nashville, we checked into our massive room (and i mean really huge) and then headed to dinner at Rolf and Daughters. i met one of the man's old friends from a job he used to have in melbourne. it was nice to catch up...and she picked a great dinner spot.
after dinner, we were pretty tired and it was raining cats and dogs...so we went back to our hotel room and slept. it was a pretty tiring day of driving, so we didn't feel bad. the next day we got up and worked out, then headed out to see some of the must see's in nashville.
that basically meant heading to a honkey tonk and listening to music, as well as walking around the strip a bit. i seriously LOVED the music on the strip. i thought the little band we watched was awesome...and i pretty much knew every song.
that afternoon we went to the bluebird cafe. it's an iconic music establishment in the burbs of nashville in a strip mall. they don't take reservations and it's literally the BEST thing to do in nashville, so we sat across the street and waited to get in line and had drinks at california pizza kitchen. that's how strip mall it is! we were the first people in line so we got seats in the front row, and watched as artists played for open mic night. we were sort of bummed that it was open mic night...being that the following night was nathaniel ratcliffe...but it was ok. we had just seen him the week before in nyc. and part of me liked watching people get up there that hadn't "made it" yet. there was something really authenic about most of their performances. and that was worth it to me.
we thought that we might go out afterwards, but we were both really tired again so we went back to the hotel and tucked in early. there were still some things we wanted to do the next day before we left for ashevillle.
the next morning, we hit up breakfast first (duh) then the nashville country music hall of fame. for some reason, i just couldn't leave without seeing the bronze guys all lined up. what an amazing place. i had to take some pictures outside before we went in and i decided to do a jig since i thought that was fitting.
i'm a huge nerd.
it was a pretty epic place. i'm glad i didn't leave without checking out this and the hatch show print shop inside. the man wanted to buy one of their cool prints, but we left empty handed.
and then we left for asheville.
but not before i created my own album cover.