In two weeks, I'll be Nashville bound along with my husband and my mom. We're going to Nashville for two days and then driving three hours to Memphis to spend three days. Nashville is more for me and Memphis is for my mom to finally see Graceland after about a billion years of waiting.
Since I was a kid and desired to be a singer I've wanted to stand on the Grand Ol Opry stage. Just the thought of it gives me shivers. Sadly, Grand Ol Opry was hit pretty bad by the recent flood and most definitely will not be in working order by the time we get there. All the shows scheduled are being moved to the War Memorial or the Ryman Auditorium, both previous homes to the Grand Ol Opry. I'm really really upset about the Grand Ol Opry's current condition. Think about all of the amazing musicians to have performed on the stage that is now under water. We'll probably visit the Ryman Auditorium and do the tour. I'm looking forward to it.
In Nashville i'm also pretty stoked about going to a vegetarian/vegan restaurant called Wild Cow. Funny name, huh? The menu looks freaking awesome and i'm hoping my mom will be brave and try something because they have absolutely no meat there at all. Kelly Clarkson's guitarist told me about it so it's gotta be good! ;)
Of course we'll be going to Graceland first thing when we get to Memphis. I really can't wait to see my mom's face when we walk into Elvis' house. I have a feeling we're all going to be crying at some point. She's told me the story of where she was when she heard Elvis died. I still get choked up when she tells me. She was driving home from work on a country road. The music stopped on the radio and the DJ reported that The King had passed away at his home, Graceland. My mom said she could barely breathe. She pulled over and sat there sobbing for what seemed like forever.
We'll also hit up the Memphis Zoo and Sun Studios. Not sure of exactly what else. We might play that all by ear. Here is where I run into a problem.
Playing it by ear has never been my strong suit. Being a hardcore Disney planner, I always know, almost down to the minute, how the vacation will pan out. I know where every single restroom is and what to do in case of almost any emergency. With going to a state that i've only driven through before there is so much that could go wrong. There are so many things i'm sure i'll miss out on. I don't like not knowing how long it's going to take to get from here to there and how long it's going to see an attraction. I hate the idea of driving 20 minutes to something to find out it's been closed for five years or that it basically is just a statue and some flower beds. Borrrinngg.
I think I feel the pressure on me because i'm planning the whole thing. I really feel no pressure with Disney World since I know that place like the back of my hand. With Nashville or Memphis, i'm fairly clueless and if anything goes wrong I'll feel like it's on my head for not being a good enough planner.
While i'm very excited about the trip, i'm also very scared. If anyone out there has any tips about visiting either Nashville or Memphis please feel free to share them with me!