Woke up at 5 a.m. to this beautiful sunrise reflecting off the lake right outside our tent. Slept on and off again until 7 and finally got up because of the unbearable heat radiating into our tent... which should have gone in the shade. Smalls made a makeshift shade that resembled a flying squirrel, but we soon had to tear it down to shield the tent from the torrential downpour that rolled in while we were at the beach a half-mile away. Lots of rain, lots of loud thunder, lots of wind. After riding that storm out in the tent, moving the tent away from the water, and discovering that our fishing pole didn't cast, we made a trip to Walmart for a new pole and other supplies. Success. Relaxed for awhile then headed back downtown to revisit Tanisha and Aladdin's for happy hour beers and hookah. Fun :)
Day 4 - June 18 2010
Odometer reads: Same as above
We were supposed to leave this morning, but decided that since the weather so rudely interrupted our attempts at a botanical gardens trip the previous day, we had no choice but to stay another day and make the trip. After relocating our tent to an inland site, we went back to the beach for a couple of hours to swim and found a perfect tree to lay under and fish next to. The weather was awesome all day, hot and sunny and NO rain at all :)
Smalls made me put up that second picture. There were much cuter ones... but this one's funny and it had pretty colors... and I love her, so there it is. We went from the beach with a couple of sandwiches to the botanical gardens for Chihuly at Cheekwood, the coolest art show we could imagine. Dale Chihuly, one of the best glassblowers in America, made over 1000 pieces of hand-blown glass for the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art summer show. We probably took 150 pictures, but here are a few of the coolest ones...
The figure in the bottom left corner was a piece called "The Sun," it was 16' x 14' x 14'. We hung around the gardens in our shabby attire (I say shabby because we were the only ones not wearing sun dresses, it is Nashville after all) for a total of 3 hours because we had to do another walk through at night. When we left we got a couple of Big Mac's and agreed it was worth staying an extra night in Tennessee.
Overall we said Nashville was clean (even the downtown), lush with many trees and mountains, which likely contributed to the freshness of the air. There were few cookie cutter neighborhoods, and the houses had real lawns, very Christian and family-oriented.