Ok, we left off as we were driving into Nashville…that part is not particularly eventful so I’ll move on.
We really loved Nashville and if presented with the opportunity we would probably move there without a second thought IF Jen and Chad were still there, which is doubtful seeing as how they are freakin’ nomads! They do provide us with interesting vacation choices though :). The day after we arrived we visited the Nashville Farmer’s Market which was oh so fun and filled with photo ops.
They had a bazillion peaches which was a treat because they aren’t in season here until mid-August (our trip was in mid-July…no comments about the time between then and now please). We bought 500 pounds and went home and made a fresh peach pie.
We also got some of these lovely purple bell peppers. Purple Peppers. Say that 10 times…fast. I’m not a pepper fan. In fact I find them to be “the ruiner of all good things”, but Jen put them in a ravioli pesto dish that she made and I LOVED them. Too bad I’ll probably never see them again.
We also bought enough tomatoes, various peppers and onions for Pip to make a vat of salsa. So yummy! We went to the Farmer’s market with a friend of our hosts who gave us the lowdown on some Tennessee history. In Colorado you are taught about the Civil War but we found that we really know nothing. People are passionate about the Civil War down there. And we learned not to call it the Civil War as we were told, “There’s a Civil War memorial. Well, the North calls it the Civil War, but there was nothing civil about it. It was The War Between the States.”
In addition to various historical information we learned how to pronounce things correctly. Nashville is pronounced Nashvull and a major street there called Lebanon is pronounced Lebnin. Let that be a lesson to you. That was not a lesson to DQ and TM. On the way home from church on Sunday in Nashville we asked the kids what they learned in Sunday School. DQ said she forgot. We said, “Come on. You must remember something. It was just 10 minutes ago.” She replied, “Yeah…I didn’t understand a word they said”.
The graveyards were of particular interest to Pip, as he’s really into morbid and creepy. He suckered Chad into breaking into a confederate graveyard under cloak of darkness to take pictures. I don’t think I’ve mentioned that Pip is into night photography. He has to set up his camera on a tripod and leave the shutter open for minutes at a time to get a good exposure in the pitch black creepy night. They hopped the fence into the confederate graveyard and just after Pip set up a shot they saw headlights coming towards them…you see, the graveyard is part of the Hermitage grounds. The Hermitage being the former home of President Andrew Jackson. Knowing they were in there illegally and not wanting to get arrested for being…well…morbid and creepy, they dropped to the ground and rolled away from the lights TOWARD the graves. It was really dark and Pip could not see where he was rolling until he slammed his lip into a gravestone. He scooched behind it and lay ON A CONFEDERATE GRAVE. At night! Let it be know you will never find me lying on graves, Confederate or otherwise, at any time of the day but ESPECIALLY at night. That should really go without saying because who does that? Pip and Chad, that’s who. The security guard stopped and shone his lights on the graveyard but left without incident. Probably because he saw one of them rolling and thought, “There is no way I’m getting out of this truck in the middle of the night to search graves for something I just saw moving towards them and disappearing. I don’t get paid enough for this.” Because that’s what I would be thinking.
You might think that that would be enough graveyard experience for them, but no. A few nights later they went to Mount Olivet cemetery which is ginormous and dates back to…a really long time ago. Did you like that? How’s that for specifics. I do my research people. In this cemetery they have not just headstones but also mausoleums, statues and an old chapel. All the better for taking pictures! Here is one of the really creepy pictures Pip was able to get while there:
Pip said that he could barely see Chad standing a couple feet away. He also noticed that though they were talking and acting normally, they were both constantly scanning the field of graves. You think?! Pip said he was really creeped out there because he kept hearing what sounded like two rocks banging together but no sign of animal or any other movement. I would love to say that it was Jen and I hiding behind a headstone and banging rocks together but again…there is absolutely no way you would ever get me in a cemetery DURING THE NIGHT.
Oddly (or maybe not so) Pip’s paranormal experiences in Nashville do not end there. Our family decided to visit the Hermitage while we were there, since it was right across the street from Jen and Chad’s house and since we had checked out a book on Andrew Jackson for the kids and read it on the way there. If you’re ever in Nashville, I would say that the Hermitage is a must. It was really great. They had little headsets to wear that told you about various points in your tour and separate talks for the kids. They loved it. Here are some pics:
That last pic where Pip and the kids are standing in front of what looks like and is the grave of Andrew Jackson and his wife Rachel? That’s the weird part. We were all standing there and since Pip likes to take his time at places like this (don’t even get me started on museums), I took the kids and we went to look for butterflies and bees in the surrounding garden. Pip came over a few minutes later and asked if I sent DQ over to get him. I told that I had her with me the whole time. He said, “Huh, that’s weird.” I asked him what he was talking about and he informed me that while he was standing there he felt someone come up next to him and put their arm around him. He thought it was DQ coming to get him and told her, “I’ll be there in a minute.” He turned to look and there was NO ONE THERE. My personal opinion is that it was Rachel Jackson and she couldn’t help herself because Pip’s so cute. That or the confederates were pissed off and wanted to freak him out. Either is entirely believable.
To be continued yet again…(it was a long trip).