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Alysa and Mitch's RV trip, Nashville

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June 4, 2004 12:37:10
Driving from Asheville, NC to Nashville, TN involved some significant inclines. Here we're given a reprieve from a tunnel through a mountain, the only tunnel we went through.
June 4, 2004 12:51:51
Scenery in western NC and eastern TN is really something. Views like this went on for hours.
June 4, 2004 14:05:01
That's me, driving to Nashville.
June 10, 2004 07:26:52
Our campground (the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in Nashville) was in a great location, just a mile from the Grand Ole Opry, the Opryland hotel, and a massive mall. Not "camping" by any means, but quite functional.
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June 5, 2004 13:56:21
Turned out we were at the campground for its grand "opening" under its new name (Jellystone). Jellystone is a chain of RV parks; this is the first we've stayed in. I just happened to be walking by when Yogi Bear cut the ribbon.
June 5, 2004 13:57:07
Close-up of Yogi after the ribbon-cutting. Truthfully, the only reason I came closer was to investigate rumors of free cookies. The oatmeal raisin were pretty good.
June 5, 2004 14:10:29
I thought this was a funny photo. A massive "Class A" motorhome towing a little VW bug.
June 5, 2004 15:07:38
Several people suggested we visit the Opryland Hotel, but we didn't know why. It's huge, and I mean HUGE. It's actually called the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Everything in Nashville is owned by Gaylord, whoever he/she is.
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June 5, 2004 15:12:16
One of the two lobbies of the hotel. The other was probably 1/4-mile away or more.
June 5, 2004 15:13:29
One of the four massive glass-covered courtyards inside the hotel. All had significant water features, but each was unique.
June 5, 2004 15:14:01
Another view inside the came courtyard. I think this was the Cascades section.
June 5, 2004 15:17:40
Trees inside. Remember, this is all enclosed, and nicely air-conditioned. I'd hate to see their electric bill.
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June 5, 2004 15:19:28
Looking out a small opening through a waterfall.
June 5, 2004 15:19:56
Wide view of one of the courtyards (I think this is still Cascades). There's a rotating bar below.
June 5, 2004 15:21:53
Front of the waterfall seen earlier.
June 5, 2004 15:30:37
In another courtyard ("Garden Conservatory"), they were about to host a wedding (white chairs below).
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June 5, 2004 15:38:36
The glass ceiling above.
June 5, 2004 15:39:12
Inside the "Delta" courtyard (the largest) is a small city of these buildings. They aren't miniature; notice the person walking in the middle. They house various stores.
June 5, 2004 15:39:40
A map of the hotel, posted on a sign like in a mall. We walked through all four hotel sections, but not the convention center space. It's easy to get lost in here.
June 5, 2004 15:51:25
One of the stores in the little "city" inside a courtyard is a Ben & Jerry's. The typical cows painted on the walls were equipped with guitars and banjos, appropriate for Nashville.

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