After the race, and a much needed shower, Sissy and I headed back towards Broadway for some lunch and a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame. We really enjoyed the exhibits. My favorite was the Zac Brown Band exhibit, as I’m a big fan. The musical instruments, outfits, and cars were cool to see — Dolly Parton has such tiny feet!
In my previous post, I neglected mention visiting the Rock Bottom Bar for a drink after a quick bite. The view of Broadway, the Cumberland River, and the Tennessee Titans’ Nissan Stadium was great. It was pretty packed, with all of the race participants and hockey fans (the Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup playoffs), but we were finally able to get a table.
My girlfriend “L” came with us. Sissy hadn’t seen her for about 35 years! It was so great to celebrate the end of her cancer treatments. We stayed for only one drink, as we had the super-early race in the morning, but the bartender definitely knew how to make an extra-dirty vodka martini!
Another wonderful stop in the Nashville area was the Belle Meade Plantation and Winery. Only a 10-15 minute drive from our hotel, the Belle Meade is an antebellum mansion owned for several generations by the Harding and Jackson families. These families were the owners of some of the most important horses in Thoroughbred racing, most notably Iroquois, Enquirer, and Bonnie Scotland. In fact, “from 1972 to 1996, winners of the Kentucky Derby, and most of the Triple Crown winners, were in the pedigree of Bonnie Scotland, including Sea Biscuit, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, and Secretariat. Now we can add another notch to that list, because California Chrome, who so far has earned $2,552,650, is also in the pedigree of this great horse, Bonnie Scotland, of Belle Meade Mansion.” (http://www.crossville-chronicle.com/news/local_news/pedigree-of-derby-winners/article_9dbd72f6-10e1-5335-a8e0-58e718b40bda.html)
A three-day weekend is simply NOT enough time to see all that we wanted, especially with a race thrown into the mix. Sissy and I will come back again and do a lot more exploring. As The Terminator famously said … “I’ll be baaaack”.