Friday, May 8, 2009

We did not blow away in a tornado today but at times I thought we might...
Not enough time to post pictures or say much tonight but thought I'd just let the world know that we are in Sturgis, KY and headed into IL tomorrow and hoping that this crazy weather will end one of these days. But we are still having a great time, seeing wonderful things and wonderful friends.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

National Corvette Museum

We had fun touring the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky yesterday. This amazing museum is a non-profit organization and supported entirely by Corvette enthusiasts--no funding by General Motors! The building is ultra modern and has 68,000 square feet and located on a 120 acre campus just across the street from the Corvette assembly plant. Unfortunately, the plant was at the beginning of a two week shutdown when we were there. I would estimate that there are over a hundred Corvettes on display in the museum along with tons of informative displays and historical information and videos. Since most of the cars are loaned to the museum for a minimum of one year, the displays are constantly changing and updated. This morning we drove to Louisville where we will tour Churchill Downs and have dinner with Dale and Betty Jo Steele in Charlestown, Indiana. Dale and I worked together at Aviall. Tomorrow we're off to Sturgis, Kentucky to see friends Willis and Mary Thornsberry. Mary graduated from high school with me.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Movin' On

What a great time we've had in Nashville! Yesterday we toured downtown visiting among other places, the Ryman Auditorium (home of the Opry from 1943-1974) and checking out the BBQ at Jack's on Broadway. Last night we went to the Grand Ole Opry where we saw rising star Rodney Atkins, Joe Diffie, and Little Jimmy Dickens who is now 84 years old and others. Today we are heading on up the road to Bowling Green, KY and will visit the National Corvette Museum and hopefully tour the Corvette assembly plant. We are loving this roving life.

Monday, May 4, 2009

So much to do and see!

We've been busy...

HUGE Flea Market in Canton, TX - Sally shopping for hours, probably walked 5 miles. Gregg shopped enough to buy a turkey leg and read the afternoon away in the RV. That's how men shop...

Hot Springs, Arkansas. Toured the National Park Visitor Center in one of the old bathhouses. What a great place! Actually the first national park before Yellowstone, called a Federal Reservation at the time in the 1800's. Had it not been raining like the dickens, we would have stayed longer, hiked a lot and partaken of one of the hot mineral water baths.

Little Rock, AR. Again the rain kept us from hikes and biking on what look to be wonderful trails. But we thoroughly enjoyed the Bill Clinton Presidential Library and the free RV overnight in the parking lot there. Click here to see some of the pictures

We are on a quest to see all the Presidential libraries and museums we can find. They are fascinating.

Memphis, Tennessee Looked like Arkansas was swampland with so much standing water, and we headed over the Mississippi River to see Graceland. What a fun blast from the past seeing Elvis's home. A mansion to the Presleys in the 50's-70's, very dated and pretty tacky looking to me all these years later. Green shag carpeting on the floor AND the ceiling in his "Jungle Room"!! Very kitschy all over. But the museum exhibits are fascinating, his costumes, personal family video clips, movie clips, TV program clips. One can spend hours there...

Nashville, TN we have found a place to stay a few days. This is a beautiful city and the rain is finally slowing down a bit. (Forecast for today was "drier" and it has been, just mist). Today we saw The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's (7th President's) home. It has been preserved just as he lived in it with original 170+ year old wallpaper, and personal property, beautiful flower garden that includes their family cemetery, and slave quarters.
Nashville is Music City USA so, yes, we do have our tickets to the Grand Ole Opry for tomorrow night and we'll go see all the Country Music Hall of Fame and Opryland stuff tomorrow.