ROAD TRIP PLANS
Every road trip I’ve taken seems to end up with unexpected happenings and this was no exception! But this time, it started with an unexpected beginning, which was a text from my friend a week before asking if I was up for a road trip to Nashville the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Well, there was no hesitation to that question! I had no plans, so YES!!
FRIDAY NIGHT – DR ZHIVEGAS
The trip would have started Friday night, but I already had tickets to attend the second annual Black Friday Ball concert with Dr. Zhivegas, and wasn’t going to miss that. My intent was not to stay out that late (last time it was 3 or 4 am because we had breakfast after) but not this time, I thought, because we had an early departure Saturday morning at 7:30 am. But when it’s a fun concert, it’s hard to leave and I didn’t pack until Friday night either due to a busy week, so I finally got to bed at 2 am Friday night. Oops!
This was the Black Friday Ball (current pop music, followed by 70’s music and then Prince):
The alarm went off at 6 am and I got up, showered and packed some snacks and drinks for the road and thankfully my friend, Krista, picked me up and I didn’t have to drive having only 4 hours of sleep. We had another friend going with us and picked her up, then we were on our way!
SATURDAY- THE DRIVE
One would expect to sleep, but not when you have a couple of friends in the car; we spent the 4.5 hours talking! When we arrived in Nashville this song started playing ironically.
SATURDAY – THE HOTEL
We had an early check in and were able to drop off everything in the room. Along the way, we also found out that another friend of Krista’s and her husband were in Nashville, visiting from Virginia. So we arranged to meet them at Tootsies.
SATURDAY – TOOTSIES
This was a multi-story honky tonk bar with a roof top outdoor seating. It was a packed deck at 1:30 pm when we arrived, so we sat inside near the band. We heard a couple bands play and the local TV station was recording for a promotion of next week’s event, so the crowd got all wound up with that. It was a fun little bar, we had lunch there and visited with Kim and her husband. After awhile, Kim and her husband were ready to head back home, so we decided to try another venue.
SATURDAY – HONKY TONK
We decided to explore Honky Tonk, Krista has been to Nashville before but Doneen and I have not so we followed along. This is a 3 story building with 3 different stages on each level, so we started at the top and worked our way down. The bands were a lot of fun and the crowds kept growing, the place was packed, the sun was going down and it was getting colder, so we decided to head back to the hotel, have dinner and change.
Before we made it, we decided to stop at the Tin Roof and really enjoyed the band there, so we stayed for a little longer before going back to the hotel.
We stopped back at the hotel, changed and then had a substantial meal before heading out again, because this was going to be a long night ahead of us. We had hilarious conversations and enjoyed the friend conversations and stories of other adventures in the past!
SATURDAY- TIN ROOF (AGAIN)
We enjoyed the band at the Tin Roof, so we went back again after dinner and heard two more bands. People were having a good time at this point!
The bands were so entertaining and fun; there was a third band that was supposed to start next and evidently all the tables and chairs had to be cleared out because it was going to be a lot of dancing for this band. We wanted to stay, but we also heard from Krista’s sister in law that David Ray was playing at the Honky Tonk Bar across the street and he was really good. So we decided to head back there and see if we could find him. We found him!
SATURDAY- HONKY TONK (AGAIN)
David Ray had to be my favorite band of the night, he played country and 90’s alternative music, so of course we danced most of the time.
I was starting to get super tired at this point with 4 hours of sleep the night before and even drinking straight Red Bull, the tiredness was catching up. But our tour guide, Krista, said we just HAD to make one last stop: The Stage.
SATURDAY – THE STAGE
So we made it to The Stage and the place was packed. Krista knew just where to head and we went to an elevated inside deck where we could see the band a little better. It didn’t take long before we were dancing again and awakened! So about 2:30 am, it was time to leave so we headed out.
SATURDAY – THE HOTEL
We arrived at the hotel and this was going on in the lobby. This craziness was so unexpected and added another element to the unexpected evening.
Besides this, there was a very interesting couple in the lobby who shared stories about snakes and asked about how to pick out the right boots. You just can’t make up stuff like this. So we were entertained longer. We shared the elevator with a couple of the Vanderbilt Football players who had just played earlier that day and finally made it to our rooms! “Nash-Vegas!” the place where no one sleeps! We made it to the room with exhaustion, it didn’t take long to be deep in sleep after that day!
SUNDAY – DEPARTURE
It was a much quieter drive home…everyone was exhausted, but had such a great time. It will be a trip we will never forget! It may even end up being an annual excursion? The short trip felt much longer because we just didn’t sleep! But it was certainly fun and worth doing again.