I have been to, and through, Tennessee several times. It is one of those states that it seems like you have to drive through to get anywhere. And a drive through the Smokey Mountains can be so beautiful. When our boys were young we were on a vacation one summer and we were driving through the Smokey Mountains, when there along the side of the road we found a mama black bear and two cub babies. Not a site you see very often from the car.
One of my favorite places to visit when in Tennesse is Gatlinburg. I love to walk along the streets and visit the loop of shops, galleries, studios, and museums. I visited Gatlinburg long before Branson ever became the tourist trap that it now is. There is just no comparison. If you get tired of shopping just find a bench to sit on and watch the people or gaze into the mountains. Who could ever get tired of that?
I remember that there was a tiny, tiny church in Gatlinburg that I used to wish Richard and I would get married in. But when the time came we chose to be married at San Isabel, Colorado.
|This is the wall that surrounds Graceland and is COVERED in graffitti|
We also paid a visit to Graceland while in Memphis. But once we got there and saw what kind of prices they wanted to charge just to see inside his home, I was just as happy to stroll along the fence in front of Graceland and read all of the things that people have written on the brick wall out front. Let me tell you, those Elvis fans are a bit crazy. Now, don't get me wrong; I loved Elvis. But, I don't think I was ever that crazy.
|Ryman Auditorium *wikipedia*|
We also visited Nashville. Who would pass up a trip to see the Grand Ole Opry? I don't know what I was expecting but I was kind of disappointed. We did not see a show. Maybe that would have made it feel more like the country music capitol that I expected to find. The auditorium at that time sat in the middle of a theme park. I understand that the park is no longer there. Maybe that would help! Just something I expected to be a bigger deal than what it was. Do you ever have expectations like that?
Years after we had been to Gatlinburg with our kids we visited with friends. We rented a house tucked up in the moutains. There was an outdoor hot tub that we sat in during the day and enjoyed the serenity of the Smokies. But it was those cool, crisp moutain-air nights in the hot tub, star-gazing and smelling the burning wood of our fire near by that burns in my memories. Ahhhhh Gatlinburg!
Looks like a lovely, quiet place to visit--- thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
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I like the sound of the name, I think it will be a pretty place :)ReplyDelete
I like it too Udita!Delete
That's a teeny weeny church. So quaint but entirely impractical for a big family wedding.ReplyDelete
But perfect for a wedding with just the bride and groom...the kind of wedding that I wanted the second time around!Delete
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I absolutely LOVE Tennessee. A couple of my favorite childhood memories is traveling to TN and waking up to the Smokies. I love Memphis. As a surprise a couple of years ago I took my Elvis-crazy husband to Graceland. He loved it. I want to go to Gaitlinburg. I have never been there. I can't wait to take my daughter to Nashville though.ReplyDelete
You have got to go to Gatlinburg! What was Graceland like?Delete
The house is surprisingly average in size. The inside is pretty cool. The grounds around the house are gorges. The jungle room is a little wild. Too much going on for me. His awards room was awesome. He had so many great things in there. I am not sure if he created that or if it was put there after his death. You don't get access to the upstairs, which I was disappointed about, but he still has a relative that lives there. His living room was beautiful with all the white and had 3 tvs. I forget that he died in 77 so all of this stuff was cutting edge at the time. The grounds around the house are gorgeous. I enjoyed looking at the stables and grounds. His grave is right outside the house. Elvis died on my dad's birthday and I was born on Elvis' birthday.Delete
So you are a big Elvis fan then? Next time I get to Memphis I will go see Graceland. Won't have so many to pay for then :)Delete
I like him okay. I have a couple of CD's. I tease my husband that the only reason he married me is because I shared a birthday with Elvis. He is a huge Elvis fan. I drove my daughter by the house (we didn't go in) and had to explain to her that he is the singer on Lilo and Stitch. I did have a lizard named Elvis. Funny story about that: My daughter was about 4 and we were at a party supply store and saw a cutout of Elvis. I pointed and said "There is Elvis." She said "no thats not. Elvis is a lizard" It was too funny!Delete