5/25-5/30 Nashville KOA, Nashville TN

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Arrived early in Nashville on Tuesday 5/23. On Wednesday morning we decided to see if we could change sites to one that we could get satellite. Mike wanted to replace a cable and wouldn't be able to test it without a connection. We were going to move sites and then go to The Hermitage (home of Andrew Jackson). 

When we were getting the RV ready to move, the hydraulic jacks would not work. Mike spent several hours and were finally able to go to the other site. Guess what .... no satellite there either. But good thing we moved, or he would have found the issue on Tuesday morning when we were leaving and that would have been really bad. A repair guy came a little later and it's all fixed now but since this is the 2nd time it happened; Mike is getting another one of the parts that went bad to have it on hand for next time. Needless to say, we did not make it to The Hermitage.

Wednesday 5/24 Evan and Ellie came down to stay at the RV for a couple of days. We went to Caney Fork for dinner then came back to the RV to watch the Florida Panthers advance in the playoffs and played cards. Evan had to pose with his frog legs one last time.

Thursday 5/25 Evan and I went to the pool for a while in the morning. We then went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Like a lot of movies the first 2 were much better though it was good. After that we went to The Saltgrass Steakhouse and each had  a fabulous steak. After dinner we went to Dave and Busters and played a few games before heading back to the RV for more hockey and cars.

Friday 5/26 was my turn to pick where we ate. I choose Cracker Barrel for breakfast to get pancakes 😁 and made Chicken Pot Pie for dinner. They had a band at the pool so the 3 of us went up with adult beverages and enjoyed the music.

Each morning we took Ellie for a walk for about 3/4 mile and tuckered her out. She has to lose weight so hopefully when Evan gets to Florida he walks her about the same each morning. Evan and I continued the walks after bringing Ellie back to the RV and walked about 2.5 miles each day.

On Saturday 5/27 Evan and Ellie left early as Evan had to take his cat Luna to the vet before leaving for the move to Florida on Tuesday.

Mike and I decided to go to downtown Nashville since with Evan leaving, we won't be here 2 times a year as we are now. Well, to continue the "good" luck we have had on the trip we got into a little accident on the way. Our car has a little damage on the from right passenger side but theirs had more damage on the left back door. No one was injured, exchanged information, filed a police report online and continued downtown. Reported it to the insurance company and will get it fixed when we get back to Florida.

Downtown was extremely busy, so we didn't stay long. Had a late lunch/early dinner, walked around a bit and then drove back to the campground.

On Sunday 5/28, Mike went up to Clarksville to help Evan tie down his motorcycle on a trailer for the trip to Florida. After 3 trips to Lowes, it was a success. I stayed home and got this blog up and running.

In the evening we went to dinner with Margie and Gary Brethorst. Mike worked with Margie at Storis. They are about 30 minutes north of the campground in Hendersonville. We let them know that even though we won't be here twice a year with Evan moving, we will continue to stop by the area in our travels to see them.

On Monday 5/29 we finally made it to The Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson was the 7th president from 1829 to 1837. 

Although often praised as an advocate for ordinary Americans and for his work in preserving the union of states, Jackson has also been criticized for his racial policies, particularly his treatment of Native Americans.

Jackson's legacy remains controversial, and opinions on him are frequently polarized. Supporters characterize him as a defender of democracy and the constitution, while critics point to his reputation as a demagogue who ignored the law when it suited him. Scholars and historians have consistently ranked Jackson's presidency as significantly above-average, although his reputation among experts has significantly declined.

Below is a link to the site that tells you move about The Hermitage.


Interesting facts about Nashville

Nashville is the capital and most populous city of Tennessee. With a population of 689,447 at the 2020 U.S. census, Nashville is the 21st most-populous city in the US, and the fourth most populous city in the southeastern U.S. As of the 2020 the population increase of 88,225, or 14.67% over the 2010 figure of 601,222 residents, represented the largest net population increase in the city's history and is one of the fastest growing in the nation. 

Named for Francis Nash, a general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, the city was founded in 1779. Nashville as part of Tennessee seceded during the American Civil War; in 1862 it was the first state capital in the Confederacy to be taken by Union forces. 

Because of its relatively low cost of living and large job market, Nashville has become a popular city for immigrants. Nashville's foreign-born population more than tripled in size between 1990 and 2000. Nashville has the largest Kurdish community in the United States, numbering approximately 15,000.

Nashville has been the headquarters of guitar company Gibson since 1984. Since the 1960s, Nashville has been the second-largest music production center (after New York City) in the US. Nashville's music industry is estimated to have a total economic impact of about $10 billion per year and to contribute about 56,000 jobs to the Nashville area.

The area's largest industry is health care. Nashville is home to more than 300 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the world's largest private operator of hospitals. As of 2012, it was estimated the health care industry contributes $30 billion per year and 200,000 jobs to the Nashville-area economy.

Some notable people from Nashville include Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Bill Belichick, Mookie Betts, Wilma Rudolph, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Al Gore and Fred Thompson.

Fun Facts about Nashville

- Nashville has a full-scale replica of the Parthenon

- Goo Goo Clusters, Hot Chicken and Cotton Candy were invented in Nashville

- The first seeing-eye dogs were trained by a Vanderbilt University student

- Nashville has a festival dedicated to Tomatoes

- Nashville was founded on Christmas Day

- FM radio began  in Nashville.

- President Richard Nixon once performed at the Grand Ole Opry. He played, "God Bless America" on the piano in 1974.

- It’s illegal to play pinball under the age of eighteen in Nashville.

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