Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We have been staying at Nashville Shores which is a large water park on J. Percy Priest Lake which also has boat and jet ski rentals.  It also has a large RV park. Because it is a family oriented venue, we selected it for Jacob's sake which he loved but Joanie and I also had a few adventures while we were here.

We are parked right in front of the waterpark.  When we are outside the coach, from 10 AM to 7 PM we hear screams, booming music and life guard whistles.  At night it is nice and quiet.

Tour of the Grand Ole Opry...
There are a lot of things to see when you come to Nashville but by far the biggest is that Nashville is home of country music.  To fans of country music this is the Mecca and the cathedral is the Grand Ole Opry.  We did not want to fight the crowds at a performance which are 4 times a week (if my memory serves me) because we are not fans, so we decided to take a back stage tour. 

The green room.

On the stage.

View of the audience from the stage.  The Opry seats 4,000+.
 There is a wall at the stage entrance with the names of performers who have been invited to become "members" of the Grand Ole Opry.  This is a very great honor indeed and not all country western performers are invited.  One has to be a very special person as well as a country western star.
Darius Rucker is a member.

There about a dozen dressing rooms and some stars have their favorite dressing room.

The dressing room that Dolly Parton likes.

Antique Archaeology ...
Mike Wolfe of the History Channel's top show American Pickers has a store in an old industrial section of Nashville that we wanted to see and evidently a lot of tourists wanted to see also. 

We left Nashville yesterday morning and headed north hoping to find cooler temperatures.


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