Nashville


We made it to Nashville and our hotel. 

Tomorrow: watercolor painting in the park, Hatch Show Print, and downtown. 

Btdubs, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were awesome last night. 


The Last Day!

Tomorrow we leave! 

Today we attend a ninetieth birthday party. 


Sketchbook

This is the sketchbook going on vacation with us. I plan to finish it–just not all on this trip. 


Counting Down

Y’all, I’m so excited for our vacation next week. I’m gonna have so much cool stuff to show you! In four days we’ll be seeing Tom Petty. 


Almost Vacation

This year, we’re going northeast for our anniversary, starting with seeing Tom Petty in Little Rock, then lunch in Memphis on our way to Nashville for a week. We’re also going to spend a day in Louisville. 

Any suggestions on can’t-miss attractions any of those places? 

So far, we have a watercolor class in a Nashville park, the zoo, and some museums in Louisville. 


Reminiscence

I went looking for a photo prompt at Morguefile and found this, which reminded me of something I did once.

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I drove from New Orleans to Edmonton and back when I was twenty-one. It was a totes awesome trip.

I took three days to get there, including an afternoon stop in Baraboo, Wisconsin to meet a couple of internet friends. I was tickled pink when I stopped at a gas station in Baraboo and I finally got to hear a Wisconsin accent. I’m sure the clerk was just as tickled by my Cajun accent.

I drove across the US/Canadian border on a small highway from North Dakota. I didn’t have to wait in line or get out of my car or even have a passport.

I used the tiny inside dial on my speedometer that measures kilometers, and bought my gas by the liter.

I remember watching the glow in the sky grow larger and larger until finally I crested the last hill and I could see Edmonton, bigger and brighter than anywhere I’d ever been by myself. It was so much more than this photo.

And I have to think how much time I would actually spend going through the photos I took of my trip if I’d had a smart phone. It would be nice to have actual photographs of the people I met instead of sketches and faded memories. Photos of the places I saw and the adventures I had.

Then again, it’s pretty cool this way, too.

And I don’t really look at the pictures on my phone that often anyway.