If you missed Road Tripping Part 1, click on the link to read about the start of vacation. I don’t want to bore anyone to tears but at the same time, this is my blog and also kind of like a scrapbook of sorts, so if you don’t want to read about our vacation, I’m so not offended but if you do, then read on! Or if you are having trouble sleeping, this could be just the thing to help you fall asleep!
We ended up meeting my parents in Nashville, they drove down from Michigan a few days earlier as my dad was attending the National Sheriff’s Convention the same time we were driving through to Atlanta. From the moment we drove into Nashville both Alex & I were in love with this town. I mean any place that has Waffle House is a hit in my book. I know some of you don’t like the Waffle House but I happen to LOVE the Waffle House! Some of the children (ok, the oldest) look less than thrilled to be eating here but they too love Waffle House. seriously.
Cheap, greasy, good tasting food, what more can you ask for? Jalepenos in your omelette? Why yes, they have that too! Yummy!
The zoo in Nashville was quite fabulous, even on a hot day in June. We spent about five hours exploring the zoo, riding the carousel and even touring an old plantation house on the property.
we paid extra to do the Dino Trek and it was well worth it. The kids loved walking through, although the first time we went through the J-man was a bit freaked out. His sisters’ did a great job explaining how the dinosaurs aren’t real even though they moved and made sounds, some even sprayed you with water. The Dino Trek was such a hit with the kids, we went through it again before we left the zoo.
Another great place to go is the Belle Meade Plantation. The stables, slave cabins, gardens and mansion are all really fun to explore. They have tour guides dressed in period clothing that do a wonderful job of making history come alive. The kids really enjoyed this as well, even if Little A’s face looks a little grumpy in the photo.
I’ve always loved history, being in the South and touring the plantations, reading about the Confederacy and seeing all this history, confirmed to me that I was supposed to be born in the South. Or maybe I just need to talk my family into moving to the South. Have you been to Nashville? Do you live “Down South?” Can I live in the South with my almost Canadian accent and also I don’t eat peach or pecan pie? What is up with the boiled green peanuts I see advertised? Help a northener out y’all!