August 7, 2013. Nashville arrival.
Hello! After sleeping just an hour and a half, I woke up at 4:30 am to eat something and get to Pearson International Airport. Cynthia and I were lining up to get through the US customs when she noticed Karin Jenkner, a Canadian steno reporter, was also in line just ahead of us! She was travelling with a reporter too and were going to the NCRA Convention too. Wow! What a coincidence. So then, the 4 of us travelled together that first day in Nashville, Tennessee. 🙂
Valora rented a car and we visited quite a few places! It was truly an adventure. We made sharp turns on the interstate and heard a compelling and passionate tour guide speak about his own family’s history of Judge Overton in the 1800s. He was the best tour guide I’ve ever had. He explained everything so thoroughly that we all learned so much about the Travellers Rest plantation.
We also visited Franklin Square where we had a delicious and tipsy lunch at 55 South. We all had a sol margarita which caused me to uncharacteristically get tipsy really intensely (perhaps because I drank on an empty stomach or because their tequila is stronger here). I loved the shrimp and grits dish! The cheddar grits and maple bacon and mushrooms were divine. The fried pickles were also yum. The Ice Cold Gulf oysters were good too.
Then we spent some time perusing the little unique shops on the street. We finished off our ambitious plan by visiting the Cotton Gin Assault and Carnton plantation. We walked through the McGovack cemetery which was a little uneasy for me, but we also saw a beautiful garden at the Carnton plantation. There were so many varieties of flowers and greenery there. We sat on rocking chairs on the front porch. Beautiful weather as the sun set. As we left, a scene of fireflies flashing on the lawn greeted us. It was my first time seeing real fireflies. I always thought they flew continuously and really high. These ones were low to the ground and also wispped up. Such a magical moment 🙂
Here’s a video that I took of the beautiful fireflies:
We checked into the magnificent Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center close to 10pm. This place is huge! Really excited to see more of it 🙂