A couple Friday’s ago, Matt and I decided to take a quick road trip to Nashville, TN. Neither of us had really been there. I say really been there because I was in Nashville before but kind of forgot. My first job was working at a staffing company which was based out of Nashville. Our branch was a lot smaller but still got invited to the big company meetings that were held yearly in Nashville. It was my first job, I was young, and I just jumped into my co-workers car for a fun road trip and an all-expenses-paid weekend. Like I said, I was young and poor, so a free weekend in a bigger city was all I needed to know.
Anyway, this time around was a lot more enjoyable! Since we both work in the same school system, we had a Friday off together and wanted to do something more than just hang out at the house. We woke up really early, packed some snacks, strapped on our sneakers and were on the road. On the way down, we took a little detour and saw June Carter and Johnny Cash’s graves. That was pretty neat. I was ready for something a lot bigger, but there were just two flat gravestones, markers, lots of flowers, a bench, and sculptures of guitars. It was actually a lot nicer than the huge monuments that tower over the rest of the graveyard. It’s worth seeing. And there is a Starbucks nearby, so we stopped there too.
Matt and I walked most of the day and boy did we feel it the next day- sore legs, sore feet, sore backs. Did I just say we were young?! We felt so old after all that walking. But it was the best way to see the city. We parked at one spot somewhere near the football stadium and just started walking. We walked the river walk, saw Broadway with tons of live music, old churches, cowboy boots, TONS of cowboy boots, and lots of people. We ate at a cute little bakery that was attached to the public library and people watched. What a neat mix of people we saw! Wickett came along for the trip, too, and was tuckered out by the end. But she LOVED it. Being outside with lots of people is right up her ally.
We drove home in the dark, watching the lights swish by our faces, the windows down. We were tired and out of sorts, but it felt like a long vacation because we spent the whole day together just talking, looking, watching, laughing. The day trip sucked most of our energy out of us for the rest of the weekend, but we were OK with it knowing it was left in Nashville.