Checking One Off My Bucket List

Many years ago Dave attended a conference in Nashville, stayed at the amazing Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel and caught a show at the Grand Old Opry. Meanwhile, I had stayed in Maryland to care for our high school sons. One day, I thought, I’d like to visit Music City.

This year, since we already had early June plans to attend a family wedding in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Dave ordered tickets and we continued on south.

Coming from Maryland’s cool mountains to Nashville’s heat and humidity wilted me enough to make me stop and lean on this sidewalk saddle.

Rested, we continued our walk at my pace and listened to hopeful performers on the street. We also caught melodies coming from bars and restaurants whenever a door opened. How many must come here to try and make it in the music industry?












We stopped at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaretville for Cokes and a nacho appetizer made for Texans!


Live music, good food, and air conditioning.What’s not to like?












Iconic places like the Bluegrass Inn and the Ryman Theatre have drawn country music enthusiasts, and musician hopefuls for many years.








While we drove around looking for a place to have lunch, we came upon this famous car.


Although neither Daisy nor the Duke Boys made an appearance, the General Lee sat out in all her glory.


Dave and I laughed as we remembered our sons watching The Dukes of Hazzard years ago!

Or, more likely, they were watching Daisy!






After touring the Country Music Hall of Fame, we took some poolside time to read and relax before we went to the Grand Old Opry’s evening show.






That night the stars included Little Jimmy Dickens (still singing at 90!), Bill Anderson, Darius Rucker, The Oakridge Boys, Jerrod, Niemann, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood. Nothing on television or Utube really holds up to hearing Carrie sing “How Great Thou Art.” That girl has power and a set of lungs that can hold notes forever!

After the show, Dave and I went to John A’s, a sweet little restaurant where Dan Shafer often performs his original tunes and the country and pop songs of others. His mellow sounds created the perfect coda to checking off a trip to Nashville and the Grand Old Opry from my bucket list!


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