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Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
12:33 pm
Speaking of pics that deserve to stand on their own...
I feel like this one might come back to haunt me one day.

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12:25 pm
Fun with signage.
Originally, I was going to put this picture under the "Food" entry, but then I realized that:

a) Beer isn't technically food, and
b) This is really a picture that deserves to stand on its own.

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11:57 am
The Food: or, Why My Digestive System May Never Be the Same.
We ate well in Tennessee. If by "well," you mean "no vegetables, and everything deep fried."

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11:37 am
After the Carter Family Fold, we drove south to Chattanooga. Chattanooga, it seems is all about the art... so we took a lot of pictures of arty things.

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Saturday, July 28th, 2007
1:37 pm
Howard & Dolly.
That is one happy gorilla.

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1:12 pm
Carter Family Fold
After we got back from our trip, Rachel lent me Will You Miss Me While I'm Gone?, a book about the Carter Family and their journey through country music history. It's a fascinating read, and one that makes the pics from the Carter Family Fold all that much more interesting to me... and the memory of our drive through the Virginia hills so much more wonderful...

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1:07 pm
Best. Vacation Photo. Ever.
Taken in Nashville in a tacky gift shop...

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12:21 am
Bad Fashion Choices
I've been putting a lot of effort lately into not judging. It's a weakness of mine, and one I'm trying to work on.

I gave up trying to do anything at all about it during my time in Tennessee... at least in regards to fashion choices.

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12:14 am
I've been remiss...
Not only have I been sadly behind on posting pics... I forgot to post pics from our very first highlight of the trip: the statue of Dolly on the Sevierville courthouse lawn:

Frankly, after looking at this I think we can agree that Rodin and Michelangelo knew NOTHING about art.
Friday, July 20th, 2007
10:32 am
Howard's Big Adventure
Meet Howard.

Howard is Rachel's travel companion, and has been all over the world with her. Naturally, Howard came with us to Tennessee.

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
8:30 am
Pics coming soon!
Picture posts coming soon, y'all... I've been crazy busy. Hopefully later tonight.
Thursday, July 12th, 2007
8:16 am
The Dumping of Cliff
We got up the next morning, packed our bags and hit the road for the 6 hour drive to Knoxville.

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
1:18 pm
Civil Rights Museum and Peabody Ducks
After Graceland we headed back to the Heartbreak Hotel for a bit, then proceeded to the Civil Rights Museum. A client had told me it was a Memphis Must See, and she was 100% right.

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Sunday, July 8th, 2007
12:27 pm
This morning's adventure was a trip to Graceland.

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12:10 pm
Beale Street
After blogging yesterday, we hopped a shuttle that took us downtown to Beale Street.

About 30 seconds after my feet hit the pavement, I knew I was in love with Memphis.

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Saturday, July 7th, 2007
6:20 pm
Memphis, baby.
We woke up in our so-called Comfort Inn this morning and headed to the included-with-your-stay complimentary breakfast in the lobby.

Have I mentioned that I will never, ever, stay in a Comfort Inn again?

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6:05 pm
The adventure continues...
After leaving the Carter Family Fold, we went on a Sacred Quest.

Dolly's House.

NOT THAT WE'RE STALKERS, YOU UNDERSTAND, only we happened to come across her home address on the internet, and well, it was on our way to Nashville, and we couldn't possibly pass that up, could we?

No, we couldn't.

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Friday, July 6th, 2007
2:48 am
A tearful farewell to the Cobbly Nob...
Our time in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg ended, we packed up and left the Cobbly Nob and headed for Virginia. (Or, as Rach has begun calling it in her Southern accent, Virginee.) Our goal: the Carter Family Fold.

Virginia was truly one of the most beautiful areas of the world I've ever been in. To get to the Carter Family Fold we took a meandering road through lush, rolling hills, with every turn showing us even more incredible sights. It was simply beautiful... as was Rachel's joy at finally seeing the Carter Family Fold. It was closed, but we wandered around for a while before packing up and heading to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

That night found us sitting in the Northshore Grille seeing an even more breathtaking sight... a hot dog eating competition, complete with colour commmentary. Quote from one of the commentators: "You google hero tomorrow and you will get Abe Lincoln, Louis Armstrong, and this man, Joey Chestnut."

We're off to Dolly's house, y'all. More later.
2:40 am
Dolly's Dixie Stampede
Our surprisingly tasteful experience at Dollywood was more than compensated for the next night at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, a dinner and variety show centered around the Civil War. It was tactfully referred to as, "different people having different ideas of patriotism." Our lovely waitress Amanda (also known as Rachel's Future Wife) cheerily seated us with the line, "Welcome to the Dixie Stampede, where we eat with our hands and stomp with our feet!"

Parts of it were truly fabulous, such as the amazing trick riding. Parts were rather bland, like the musical numbers. There were some fun magic tricks. Most importantly, there were ostrich races, chicken chasing and pig races.

Then there was the grand finale, which included 12 horseback riders with huge American flags, Dolly on a 30 foot screen singing a special song that she specifically wrote for the event, shirts with lightbulbs sewn into them, and as the crowning touch, the releasing of the Doves of Peace.

That's what they were actually called.

Rachel and I sat and watched with huge grins on our faces, cheering everyone on to the best of our ability. We left with Rach narrowly avoiding proposing to Amanda, although she did overtip.

This southern thing is so much fun.
2:33 am
So as you may know, this trip really was supposed to be the Tacky Tour 2007. We ran into a problem with this premise in Dollywood, where we discovered a complete lack of life size cardboard cutouts of Dolly. Actually... the whole thing was remarkably tasteful. I would say disappointingly so, except the whole experience was truly, wonderfully fun... and not just because of the huge, ear-to-ear grin on Rachel's face the whole time.

There was a great Dolly museum complete with candid photos, outfits from different points in her career, and the real live Coat of Many Colours. There was some amazing bluegrass music. A sort of cheesy but pretty fun country music retrospective. Fried green tomatoes. A gorgeous train that does a complete run around the park. A gospel music museum.

We spent about 5 hours there, and it was fabulous. I can't even make fun of it, reallly.

There will be a photo entry at some later date of the large number of horribly tacky outfits we saw, however.
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