Recently, I’ve been yearning to get out on the road again, see some new sights, and just generally get out of “Dodge” for a while. I wanted to experience mountains again, and as the year wore on figured that a warmer climate wouldn’t hurt any. The solution, I decided was a road trip to Tennessee! Since I am trying to act like a responsible adult, I had to squeeze this in around workplace and extra-curricular commitments, and I wound up traveling from one Tuesday to the next, during the last week in October.
As with any good driving adventure, some of the expedient stops turned out to be more valuable than the planned destinations. I never got to the Smoky Mountains, where I’d hoped to spend three days, but instead extended some other parts of the trip. Purely by accident, I saw the tallest waterfall east of the Rockies and the World Championship Invitational Barbeque. More on those later. Natural sights made up a large portion of the trip, but historic sites, museums, music, and tasty diversions balanced it out. I sampled just enough of everything to make me want to go back and try them some more!
For me, the trip really began when I passed through Chicago. It may have been a year since I was last in the Windy City, and driving in and out at 9:30 on a Tuesday night is a wonderful way to be reminded of its beauty and excitement without any frustration. I love seeing downtown all lit up at night, and am looking forward to a visit at Christmas time!
I drove down through Indiana and Kentucky, which held some of the most interesting sites of the trip. Nashville was the first stop in Tennessee, and as it was shortly after lunch time I looked up the trendiest hole-in-the-wall for a bite to eat, and ended up at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, on the north end of town. Was it worth the hype, and the wait? Maybe not, but it was pretty good, and certainly nothing like the fried chicken we have in the frozen north! Two days in Nashville were full of music and culture, then it was on to learning about Tennessee’s natural history, and the tasty whiskies it made possible. Check out the next few posts for more details!