We just spent a few days in one of our favorite little campgrounds outside of Nashville. Seven Points Recreation Area on J. Percy Priest Reservoir is a great location for seeing the Nashville area. It’s only 25-35 minutes from downtown with a number of routes into the city. The campground itself is awesome; run by the US Corp of Engineers, it’s clean and spacious. Several of the sites are right on the water or have water views, and Tessa was able to swim several times at the boat launch. There’s also a large community dog park only 3.5 miles away with a view of the dam.
We were joined at this campground by my sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn & Bob Smith. They live a couple hours from Nashville and rented a motorhome so they could see if they enjoy this lifestyle. They have a camper on order, so it won’t be long before they join us on some of our trips. It was great to spend time together, and we can’t wait to see their new Casita camper!
We enjoyed Nashville when we visited two years ago and wanted to come back because there’s a lot to see in this area. This time we walked the arboretum at Cheekwood, the former estate of the Cheek family who owned what was probably the first grocery store chain in the southeast. The estate was donated to the city by their descendants and now hosts art installations along their acres of walking paths. The current exhibition is of beautiful Chihuly blown glass sculptures.
We visited the brand new Glen Campbell museum, which just opened as COVID erupted in early 2020. One benefit of COVID is that the smaller museums put times on your tickets, so we had the museum all to ourselves! We also toured Ryman auditorium (the original home of the Grand Ole Opry), had a delicious steak dinner at Merchant’s restaurant and a beer with some live music at Dierks Bentley’s bar.
The first thing that Bob and I noticed as we rounded the corner onto Broadway, the main drag in Nashville, was the huge sign greeting visitors …
Moments later, two yellow-vested people approached a nearby couple, offered them masks and asked them to please mask up for everyone’s safety. People were compliant, and we didn’t see anyone get belligerent about it! After the last couple of weeks of seeing fewer masks than we were used to, it made me feel much more comfortable to be out in public! Nashville’s county has suffered more than 33,000 COVID cases and over 300 deaths. Compare that to Fairfield County, Connecticut, which blossomed early in the spring, saw more than 22,000 cases and 1400+ deaths. I love the New York Times’ graphics on COVID … clearly coronavirus hit Davidson County, Tennessee months later than Fairfield County but was hit harder, and it seems that the medical community learned a lot from the early explosion of COVID in the Northeast; despite more illnesses there have been fewer deaths here. (Yes, I look at stuff like this as we travel.)
We’re moving on now to northern Alabama, followed by Memphis and Jackson, Mississippi. There’s lots to see in this part of the country!