Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Our Nashville Road Trip

Our road trip to Nashville was an arduous one! We drove to Nashville in one day, visited with relatives for three days (including attending a high school graduation), and returned on the fifth day. About a fourteen hour drive (groan) from Houston, but with plenty of laughs along the way. We rented a van and all piled in together, which made for lots of family fun. Here are some of my photos from the trip.

We enjoyed walking around the Music District on a Saturday night with hundreds of other tourists, where the sounds of live music came pouring out of every other door we passed. I bet this particular signage and the statue of Elvis in front of one of the souvenir stores are among the most photographed images tourists shoot.

 We also visited the new Nashville Antique Archeology store, where it was a thrill to actually see some of the finds we saw Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz pick on their History Channel show, Pickers.

Since I can't post an actual photo of my wonderful niece, here is her self portrait, included in her kindergarten year notebook from USN (University School of Nashville).

Our nephew, Takuma Johnson, was part of a architectural design team awarded with the opportunity to build a structure for the Treehouse exhibit at Cheekwood Botanical Garden. His was the only team that included high school students! All the treehouses were related to works of literature. Seen from one side above, "Up and Down Again" is based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Takuma heads off to Cornell University this fall to study architecture.

 Everyone enjoyed the slide that was part of of the Up and Down Again structure.

It was hard for me to capture the whole Treehouse in one shot, partly because the site was mobbed with visitors. Here my brother-in-law Mike stands under an arch surveying one of the interesting nooks built into the structure, which was part playhouse/climbing structure/slide, part garden and also included a bridge. None of the houses were actually nailed to a tree, since that would have been destructive, but they all were sited near a tree. To quote from the Cheekwood brochure about the exhibit, "There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something." - from The Hobbit, 1937.

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