We entered Tennessee and the 1st thing we heard about was the “Predators.”  Not being hockey fans we quickly learned that Nashville has a professional hockey team and they are doing very well in the playoffs.  The games are on in every establishment with a TV so we started watching.  Since we were in Tennessee for a month…well…GO PREDS!

     Our first stop in Tennessee was Franklin, the home of a beautiful, upscale downtown as well as the location of another famous civil war battle.  Our goal was to find scenery by day and music by night. On our first night we discovered “Music City Roots Live From The Factory.”  This is a live PBS radio show broadcast from Franklin and we were there for the performance.  The performers were John Carter Cash (Johnny Cash’s son), Colter Wall, Dori Freeman, and The Great American Taxi. What a great show and our best Franklin experience.
     Next it was on to Nashville where Marie and Tom joined us.  Marie has been Nancy’s best friend since high schoo…


Mississippi...another great state.  Even though Mississippi State University ended the UCONN women's basketball team's 111 game winning streak, we still enjoyed this interesting state.

     When we left Louisiana, we headed to Natchez, Mississippi to begin our journey on the Natchez Trace Parkway, a national park scenic highway.  The Natchez Trace is a beautiful 444 mile road connecting Natchez, MS with Nashville, TN.  It is a 2 lane, shoulderless, 50 mph road which, due to the overhanging trees, seems to be more of a long green tunnel.  It turned out to be a serene, wonderful drive with tons of historic stops along the way.

     Our 1st Mississippi stop was Natchez on the Mississippi River.  Natchez is on old southern town which managed to avoid being burned to the ground during the civil war; so the town still had hundreds of well preserved antebellum homes and a beautifully restored downtown.  Neither Nancy nor I are into touring other peoples homes, but driving by and…