Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Hallowe’en, Too Early for Tricks, Memphis here We Come!

We were both in bed just after 10, well all 3 of us, last night and other than one wake up at 1 am (Clemson needed a piddle) we slept well. Bill was up just after 6 but I snoozed on undisturbed until closer to 7 on Wednesday, Oct. 31st. Hey! It’s Hallowe’en! I get to wear my funny face today!

I took a walk along the Cumberland River this morning
I immediately got dressed and went out for a 30-minute walk getting 1.5 miles in at least. I’ve missed walking. I didn’t do the pedestrian walkway, we’d do that later (so I thought) so instead I walked along the Cumberland Riverfront at the back side of the stadium. It was a beautiful morning, around 66F at that time. The sky had wispy light clouds of which we expected to thicken up before the day’s end.

I made my tea upon my return and started to work on my blog post before we headed out for some sightseeing. Rob came over to discuss the time to go and we were all but ready to put our running shoes on when another security guard came around and told us that without a permit, we couldn’t stay there. If we left our units to tour the town, we might return to a ticket OR finding our units had been towed. No way would we take that chance.

History lesson of the day
And no, this isn't referring to my cw singer 'Willie Nelson'
He gave us another alternate Lot “T” to park in but why would we trust that after this mix up? So, we had a group meeting and decided to just leave the area and head towards Memphis today. We plan to come this way on our return trip in the spring and if we find a park for a few nights, we can take advantage of Nashville’s offerings. I was quite bummed, saddened since I was so excited to be in this popular city, but I totally understood that we had no choice.

There was something about this skyline that I was attracted to
Maybe just because it is Nashville
today's selfie, because I can
Of course, had I known, I would have walked downtown this morning just to take a quick peek. So, with a “we’ll be back!” we caught I-24E to I-40W and began the journey to yet another popular destination. It was 8:50 when we left the lot and it was 10:30 when we pulled off to get fuel at a Speedway to the left. It was $3.159/gal compared to $3.319/gal at Pilot to the right. No brainer even with the Pilot card. 

The back of the Nissan Stadium
Home of the Tennessee Titans
We had a very dirty windshield from our night at the Walmart from late night street workers so I hopped out and washed the windshield once more. I thought I'd be nice to Rob and wash theirs too. He was grateful and gave me a hug later.......or was that to take away the sadness? It worked, either way.

Last night when we were sitting out, there were some young people scooting
around on these electric scooters
today, I saw 2 of them parked and understood a bit more
They've got an app for that!!
Anyone can use them
We visited the restrooms and got a coffee/tea and had a Hallowe’en treat at their store. That hit the spot and while finishing our drinks, we pulled next door to an empty lot to discuss the day’s agenda. 

Mountain Roast coffee with double cream and sweetener
Plus some Krispy Kreme bits
Bill called our Memphis destination park to see if we could arrive a day early and leave a day early and that was approved. Yay! When one thing unfavorably jiggles, another good thing takes its place. We got back on I-40W and even though clouds did appear heavier, we had brief patches of sunshine. It was 72F and a beautiful day!

Let's just go!
The drive was uneventful and actually quite smooth. We made a couple more stops, one at a very full Rest Area that Rob and Pat were able to park at but we weren’t. In that case, they needed to stop and we didn’t so we waited on the ramp at the exit. Next was our turn and we all turned into a Pilot fuel station for all 3 of us to take care of business. Once loaded back in the trucks, we carried on the journey.

It really was a nice drive with nice roads and good weather
We crossed this large Tennessee River Kentucky Lake
Arriving in Memphis was much less congested than Nashville was and we found Graceland RV Park easily with some guidance from Rob and Pat behind us. Bill and Rob checked us into to our pull through sites on Hound Dog Way. Why can’t they all be this easy? We were in, set up and having a Happy Hour by 4 pm. The satellites were a bit challenging since we were under some trees but it wasn’t a worry tonight. Our shows are on at the beginning of the week.

We started seeing cotton fields along the north side of the interstate
Nearing the end of our H.H. Rob saw rain across the street near Graceland and people began running. We quickly scooted our chairs away and said goodbye just in time for the sudden downpour. It didn’t last long at all. It didn’t cool it off any, the temperature was still registering 25C/77F even with no sun. Inside, we relaxed with our books and me with my blog. Because of the change in plans, we each went on and made changes to a couple of reservations down the road.

They do it big here in Tennessee
Tennessee Department of Transport
At 5, Clemson and I went for a walk. Nope, not around the park, instead we walked back towards some of the Graceland buildings. I don’t know what they are, I have never been here before and none of the pamphlets from the park name them but the first one is the Ticket building, I think. I know Graceland itself is down the street, about a block but I just wanted to walk and see what I could without going too far. I did see the pink Cadillac driving around picking up patrons to Marlowe's restaurant but didn't have my camera. I'll see it again, I'm sure.

Excitement is building inside me, I can feel it here
Pat mentioned feeling emotional when she visited the Mansion for the first time and just from this walk, getting close to where Elvis lived, had my heart pumping. I think I’d better take some Kleenex along tomorrow. LOL Around 5:30 I was feeling hungry enough for supper so Bill’s choice was brown beans with some baguette slices and I was going to warm up some of my green tomato and bacon soup that I’d made. I still hadn’t really had any.
and here
I was very impressed! It tastes yummy! Maybe a tad on the salty side but I enjoyed it very much. I had about a bowl and a half left in the one container so I took it over for Rob and Pat to give it a try. They had finished supper so I left it for them for another night. They may not like it and that is fine, but sometimes it is fun to share. They’ve done that often enough with stuff they’ve bought or made so I’m glad I had something to take them.

Bill and I sat after doing dishes and just enjoyed our books. The rain returned around 6:15 so we remained inside for the rest of the evening. It was kind of a mixed up Jello day but it all turned out very well for us. We are here, set up with full hook-ups for 3 nights, close to one of the top places on my bucket list and the rain outside is not deterring us from anything. 

I didn't get too close but close enough for my heart to pound
It felt like forbidden territory, even though it wasn't

Oh my, this makes it real and tomorrow it will even get more so
Walking back across the parking lot to our campground might
show you just how close we are
I hope your day has been wonderful. If you have trick or treaters or are trick or treating yourself, I hope the weather is nice enough for all to have a good time. We won't have any here but I do have a couple of pictures to share. I topped off my evening with a dish of strawberries, bananas and cream. Yum! 

                                               πŸ’€πŸ‘»πŸ‘ΊπŸ‘ΎπŸ‘½ TRICK OR TREAT!

My grandson, Nathan, back home

He is a Star Wars character
the interesting thing is that my son, Patrick, made 3 costumes all like this
for Nathan and his 2 friends
What a guy!

Thank you for coming along. Your comments are always appreciated.

‘Vetting Along, Kentucky to Tennessee, Are We There 'Vette'?

Our 3rd day was a little mixed up only because it involved a few unknowns. We were up early, at 6 am CT on Tuesday, Oct. 30th. The plan was to get moving as soon as possible and drive the 6 miles to Sam’s Club, still in Bowling Green, so Rob could take his truck to the Ford dealership a hop, skip and a jump away from there. It was 7:30 when we arrived and parked. Rob unhooked their fifth wheel and he and Rob drove across the street.
                                             (Picture overload Warning)

Waking up at Wal-Mart, Bowling Green, KY

Pat opened up their slides and we sat together with Clemson to wait. Rob and Bill walked back by 8:30 and we decided to take a walk into Sam’s. We were not members here but were allowed to walk through. We had already discussed splitting the cost of a membership and it didn’t take long and Bill and I were at the service desk signing up. They offered us a complimentary 2nd card on the same membership so Rob and Pat were able to get one with their name on it too.

Moving on down the road to the museum
We continued wandering until Rob and Bill had to leave to walk back and check on the truck. Pat and I had a Treasure Hunt for food that was offered to first time members. I wish I’d kept the sheet we had, it had some great choices. We passed on the free sundae, free pizza slice and drink but took advantage of the free Rotisserie chicken and 6 other items on the list at $2 off each one. We walked out of there with enough entrees for 3 meals, plus bananas, strawberries, cookies and baguettes to share for $10 each. Bonus!

Rob and Pat all smiles for me
The boys returned soon after 11:30 and we were packed up and drove to the International Corvette Museum with the rigs. Lots of room was available so we pulled in and parked, opening our Suite up so Clemson could be comfortable while we toured. Senior’s rate of $8 was quite good because there was a lot to see. It was almost 2 hours later when we left the lot and drove to the Shell station to fuel up. Great price here at $3.149/gal.

Bill's new Vette? He looks good in it!
New Corvettes awaiting delivery
This one was one of our group favourites
Red Jet on license plate

Veteran's Memorial Vette
Yes, the names are on the trunk hood
Beautifully done!
We sat and watched a short screening
this is an overview of the property

The cars are beautiful and I ooh'd and aah'd a lot
I was drawn to their 'lifelike' displays

One of Roy Orbison's Vettes

I love the 50's corvettes the best
This was a neat wall paper
and a great picture of Rob and Pat
The wallpaper is made up of thousands of photos
Sad reading about the sinkhole
8 corvettes, all but 3 perished and they were restored and on display

Couldn't help but think of who this reminds us of
Jim, you are not alone!!
Last Corvette picture
There is a line up of the Vettes by generation
7 generations meant changes each time
There was only an hour between Bowling Green, KY and Nashville, TN but with the traffic on I-65S, it took us 90 minutes. It was crazy on the northbound side and then soon enough, as we neared our destination, our side was just as bad. 

Huge traffic 'jams' as we approached Nashville
Our lanes weren't bad here but in the city got messy
The gps led us to Nissan Stadium without any problems but once we turned into the area, our stress levels jumped quite a bit. OMG, it was looking quite ‘iffy’ whether we would find an overnight spot.

Stomach knots began here when we saw the parking lot
This lot was recommended to us by another rv’er and even though we had a possible alternative down the street (Wal-Mart), we wanted to give this a shot so we would be close to the pedestrian walkway to downtown Nashville. 

We found a spot in Lot M at first and it looked promising so pulled in and remaining hooked up, opened our slides. As we were relaxing, enjoying a Happy Hour drink outside (79F) security came around and politely told us that we were on government property and needed to move.

After 2 hours, we were asked to move
Security suggested we'd be good in Lot G

Arriving in Lot R caused a bit of panic until Patsy came to the rescue and moved this gate
And I didn't get into trouble!!
You can see the full lot to the left of the picture, we were 'screwed'
 Easy enough to pack up, so we followed his instructions to Lot R (Jim’s original direction – but it looks so much bigger on Google maps!). This got scary as we turned into R and realized that we couldn’t get a spot, nor could we plausibly see our way back out of there. Rob was behind us in this small FULL lot and Bill said ‘I don’t know if I can back out of here’. Cars were turning in all the time and waiting behind Rob.
Our spots for the night, right at the base of the pedestrian walkway
After little deliberation, I told Bill I was going to move the metal, chained barricade to the further section where we could at least turn around. So, I hopped out and pushed and pulled until I made enough room to pull the Suite and Rob’s Cedar Creek through. They parked and decided ‘hey, this is Lot R' so swung around and picked our spots for the night right at the bottom of the ramped walkway to the bridge. I pushed and shoved the barricade back in place. Voila!

our view across the lot
That is the pedestrian walkway to downtown Nashville on the left

An elevator with changing colours from blue to red to purple to green
I took a salad and dressings and our drinks over to their trailer and Rob cut up the chicken. I sliced the baguette and Pat set the table. This was an absolutely wonderful meal! I popped the cap off of a Seagrams Strawberry Daquiri cooler and savoured every bite. 

The chicken, salad and bread were all SO good!
I think we were all very hungry too
I have a bit of chicken and bones left for soup
After dinner, Bill and I walked up the ramp to check out the sights, getting an idea of where we’d go tomorrow. 

These views are 'over the top' :)

settled for the night
 All 4 of us moved our chairs outside and sat for the rest of the evening. It was such a warm evening. (67F/18C)

Yay! Nashville!
Just before turning in, Bill and I were curious about a lady’s voice we could hear so walked over to the edge of the parking area to find a group of people, maybe 25 or so, taking an outdoor line dance lesson. We watched for a bit and walked back to the Suite and moved our chairs inside. This was a fantastic day, even with the ups and downs with their truck and the traffic. Wouldn’t trade a thing. I hope you had a good day too.

No way was Clemson going to budge this morning
He just looked at Bill with disgust
We had to wake him, we were about to pull the slides in!
Thank you for following us to Tennessee! I can’t believe we’re in Nashville! Woohoo!