Nashville's been on my shortlist of places to visit for a long time now. My parents have gone, my brother has gone separately. My uncle lives out that way so it isn't even as though I'd be lost without help, or a guide.
In my mind, before going, Nashville was a hotbed of music, primarily Country. That style of music isn't my preferred genre, but there had to be enough instruments in the city that someone knew how to play something else. I was right! We saw so much good music in the few days we were there that it would've been a good idea to have earplugs on me.
Krystal and I traveled out last Wednesday afternoon, and a great friend from way back, Joe, and his fiancee, Clari, were meeting us the following day. We were lucky enough to be able to crash at my uncle's place that was walking distance to great food and drinks on the outer edges of Downtown.
Our trip began rough: San Diego's terminal 2 at the American Airlines entrance was evacuated due to security concerns and we nearly missed our flight. We were those people running through the terminal to our gate. We made it on the plane and made our connection in Dallas.
While we're on the topic of travel, our return wasn't so easy. Bad weather in the midwest re-routed a bunch of flights and delayed some coming in and out of Nashville's BNA. Our flight out was delayed and our tight connection in Kansas City would've been missed if we got on the plane. We decided we'd rather be stuck in Nashville than Kansas City and crashed one last night with my uncle. (Joe and Clari booked a separate flight and made it back no problem).
When we weren't enjoying adult beverages and music, we were browsing around the city, and even outside. We went south through Brentwood and on down to Franklin. While there, we took the Carnton Plantation tour and learned about how the house there was transformed into a hospital during the Civil War. I can't say I learned a ton, but it was crazy to be in that space understanding how primitive medical attention was back then.
It was a great trip. A big thanks to Joe, Clari and Krystal for being great travel buddies. And a big thanks to my Uncle Scott for welcoming us in, letting us stay, giving us unofficial tours and for playing chauffeur while we were out there! I truly enjoyed all your company during the many meals, drinks and songs we socialized over!