I have a confession to make until our trip to Memphis I don’t think I had ever seen the Mississippi River outside of New Orleans. Holy moly is it impressive. The RV Park we stayed at was right on the river and the Old Man and I had quite the time watching as the river zoomed past us. It is amazing how slow the ships go up river and how fast they go down, I say again the river moves so fast!
With only two nights in Memphis we knew we wouldn’t have too much time to play tourist, but we did manage to get out on the town with The Old Man’s sister and her family. It was quite nice to get a bit of background on the Old Man’s family and to talk to other human beings that are not the Old Man
The Old Man’s nephews were in love with the pups but super excited to see the van! Dinner and conversation ran late into the night, but the three boys were on a mission and it wasn’t going to be over until they were in our van. Good to know Luna can handle the excitement of three young boys and I must admit it was pretty cool. I feel when you win over kids you scored a mighty big win. Our new motto thanks to one of the boys is: “You live with bugs? COOL”.
With work and a short stay we didn’t get to explore Memphis as much as we would have liked, but we did manage to head on over to Bass Pro Shop in the giant pyramid and do a bit of shopping. Bass Pro is pet friendly so the dogs got to do a bit of shopping and they picked up some new collars, leashes, and a treat or two. The humans picked up way more than that, but at least we got some stuff we needed and never got around to getting before we left.
Memphis was a lesson in yes we are in a cool town we really want to explore but we don’t have enough time and we haven’t figured out how to work and play in a fair balance. Oh well we are still less than a month in so all of that will shake out as we continue.
Our next stop was Bowling Green, but before we could pull into that town we had to make a lunch stop at our old homestead in Nashville and enjoy a burger and spiked shake at Burger Republic. It has been 4 years since we lived in Nashville and it was surreal to see our old apartment complex but it brought back some good memories. Think Boston Chow running away from us in less than 2 inches of snow.
With the Old Man’s packed agenda we headed into Bowling Green for one of our longest stands of five days. The best part (and I believe the secret) of staying somewhere for a long time is we can work and play. Bowling Green Ky may seem like a small town and it is but we found plenty to do.
Sunday was Easter so we headed into town to church (the one day a year the Old Man goes with me). We looked up a few breakfast places, but failed to take into consideration it was Easter Sunday and many of them would be closed. Thankfully, The Bistro, which was last on our list because they stated they needed reservations, but would take walk-ins if there was room. The time between church ending and Bistro opening gave us time to walk around the town and check it out. I like towns when they are all closed up it seem peaceful, plus it was fun to watch everyone in their Easter finest head in and out of church.
After breakfast we headed over to Lost River Cave to do a bit of exploring. I had never heard of Lost River Cave, but we saw the sign on the way in and it was recommend that we scope it out by a few of the Old Man’s friends. While it was a rainy and not so nice day, the Cave did not disappoint and the boat ride was fun. I was impressed I didn’t have an anxiety attack when we had to duck in the boat to actually get into the cave, but that is all part of the fun. The Lost River Cave boast the only night club in a cave. Ok not much a night club any more thanks to air conditioning and rock n roll music, but the keepers of the park rent it out for weddings and events. I would say if you are getting married and want to do so in an unusual place look them up, just know they are booked for 2-3 years.
With vacation looming in front of us, the Old Man and I buckled down and got our work done so that we could leave on vacation with empty inboxes and clear mind. Next stop Mammoth Cave and then onto Lexington to for our “Like Family Reunion”.