Greetings from the steamy south.  We were greeted with lots of humidity yesterday during our arrival to Nashville. Ground fog/mist was building up on our windshield as we drove into the conference center  we stayed at last night.  Luckily all rooms came equipped with air conditioning which was utilized by all parties!

In the morning, we had breakfast and packed up for our day.  We headed to the Belle Meade Plantation.  The Plantation during its heyday did not have the usual cash crops found on a plantation.  It was well known for horse breeding.  In fact, many of today’s winning horses can trace their lineage back to one horse at the Belle Meade Plantation.  Even the Triple Crown winning American Pharoah.  We toured the mansion with guides describing the history of the family and plantation.


We then were able to walk around the grounds seeing the other buildings located on what was the former plantation.  A big hit was the carriage house which had many carriages used during the history of Belle Meade, each with its own specific use.


We were able to take in some lawn games as on the grounds were a Bocce ball court, croquet, horseshoe and bean bag toss.  Even though it was humid and warm, it was fun to participate in the games.


After getting our bellies full of the good BBQ, we wandered around downtown and visited the shops.  A few walked down to the river to look across to the Titans stadium and a visit to the Goo Goo Cluster shop.  Another group went to the Country Music Hall of Fame to wander a bit.  The hot and humid weather did not deter our exploring.  We asked who was ready to move to the south with the heat and there was no response.  I guess we just like our cold weather too much 😉


Our journey continued south into Alabama for an overnight stay in Prattville, AL.  Currently, the youth are enjoying the sweet youth room at First United Methodist Church where we are staying.  We look forward to the last bit of driving to get us to our destination of Panama City Beach, FL.