The 12 hour drive there went by fast. Our Airbnb was great and we got started by going to Broadway. Everything was going great until Tom and I got too drunk (I think I was first). It was an embarrassing / inconvenient way to start the trip (for me) and Laura ended up bailing both of us out thankfully.
I had my worst hangover in recent memory on Saturday where my body was rejecting everything. Saturday night was ‘smarter’ as we held our booze much better.
Sunday was the do-touristy-things day. We saw the Parthenon, the Farmers Market, etc. which were good, but let me say this – the Adventure Science Center was horrible. 1/10, and that’s being generous.
We spent Sunday out as well then hit the road early Monday.
A few thoughts on Nashville:
- The live music scene is fantastic, a difference maker when compared to other major cities.
- There’s never traffic somehow.
- It’s too hot. I sweat basically right away when outside.
- The Lyft drivers were all great and memorable people.
Nashville is a city that should be on your bucket list.
I didn’t have a spiritual awakening, I wasn’t brought to tears, and I didn’t feel “overwhelmed”, like many described. It was a very cool experience, like nothing you’ve ever seen before, but it didn’t change my life.
Tom, Laura, and I drove to a remote area of Tennessee to view the eclipse from a set of train tracks with a few other random people.
About 30 minutes prior to totality, you could start sensing that it was getting darker, just barely, and that the colors were slowly shifting. The temperature started cooling off, and the crickets / bugs started blaring. With each passing minute, the effects were getting a bit more dramatic.
Then, in an instant, it went from weirdly light outside to dark. Not middle-of-the-night-dark, but dark. The absolute best thing visually was the moon / sun itself. It was a black hole in the sky with a bright ring around it.
All things considered, it was 100% worth the trip.