Dave & Dot's 25th Anniverary Tour

Week 4 - Nashville, TN

Friday, October 26th - Yee Haw!  Hee Haw!  It's the Home of Country Music!

Another bright sunny day . . . just blustery and cold! We have decided to take in a few sights around Nashville today.

We started by visiting the Ryman Theatre, home of the original Grand Ole Opry. The show has since moved to Opryland but the grand old theatre still stands and has performances nearly daily. It is a wonderful, small, theatre and Dot and I were able to have our picture taken on stage with me holding a guitar!

Our next stop is the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. This brand new facility just opened in May 2001. It is one of the best museums I have ever been at, and had everything pertaining to Country Music anyone could ask for. It was very interactive and had great footage of old shows and performances of the Grand Ole Opry stars and more. After the nearly 3 hour visit there we made a brief stop at the Nashville Hard Rock, got 2 bears and a city tee, and headed down the road to our next destination.

Our third stop was Opryland itself. This is a huge complex with a 2800+ room hotel and a nearly 1/2 mile long indoor mall that has all the stores we have in the 4 shopping malls we have in Sacramento . . . and more!

The Hotel is comprised of 4 separate complexes all interconnected by huge massive garden settings complete with rivers, streams, waterfalls, dancing waters, light show, and even a boat that tours the complex! It is styled after the grand old plantations of the south and everything is authentic right down to the doorknobs!

We spent several hours here, walking the entire mall, finally stopping for dinner at the Food Court here. While there we noticed they were selling tickets to a live recording of the Grand Ole Opry radio show tonight and were able to secure tickets in the upper level. This is a show that showcases all different country music talent from young & old, all members of the Grand Ole Opry but all really active. Tonight we saw Pam Tillis, Marty Stewart, The Jordannaires, Ricky Skaggs, & Charley Pride to name but a few of the 25 different acts in a 2 and 1/2 hour show. It was a really good way to end our day.