7 Days, 11 States: Day Three

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Nashville – Foster Falls – Ruby Falls – Chattanooga – Great Smokey Mountains

Left Nashville in the early AM (10ish) to get started with our busy day. It should be noted that our original plan for the day was just Foster Falls and then to the Great Smokey Mountains. Of course with a poorly planned road trip its unlikely to stick to any sort of agenda.

Foster Falls was a much easier hike than we thought but it was still beautiful. Post-hike we enjoyed a picnic of lettuce, turkey and mustard, and then headed out to the Great Smokey Mountains (or so we thought). On our way we saw a sign advertising for Ruby Falls, the worlds largest underground waterfall; sounds intriguing right? We thought so too. Off we went to Ruby Falls expecting a cave hike experience, turns out its a guided tour. Nonetheless it was very cool. While on the tour our guide recommended a restaurant in Chattanooga, so of course we had to check it out. We had the most delicious meals but what was the most delicious was the (literally 7 pound) carrot cake we shared for dessert.

Finally off to our original destination, the Great Smokey Mountains. On our way up we had a near-death experience with some elk, which we learned were a lot bigger than we expected. We were intending to camp this night; we drive up to the starting point for all the best hikes and arrive there around 12am, no campsite. Good thing we put a mattress in the car because that was our home for the evening.

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7 Days, 11 States: Day Two

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Nashville

A first thing first, pancakes. Once we were functioning we made our way to Pancake Pantry, highly recommended. I mean Doug the pug has eaten there, so you know its good. Post-pancakes we wandered around Vanderbilt campus, and then headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Yea, its $50USD so that was a quick turn around, although I did get a guitar pick from the gift shop so that’s like kind of the same thing as going in, right? From here we headed to the bluebird café, closed. We took a quick picture out front then headed to Franklin, drove around and grabbed Starbucks in Cool Springs. Last stop was the Grand Ole Opry, took some normal pictures out front, wandered around, then found some giant guitars that had a sign “Do not sit or stand in the area”, so we climbed them.

Time to turn up; we got ready and headed out (after taking 8 billion pictures in the backyard). We wanted to try this cool restaurant that was recommended to us called AVO, we got there, closed. So we made our way to the road to call another Uber, on the way I nearly ate it up a hill and then my toe fell out of my shoe (don’t ask me how.. I don’t know). With empty stomachs we head to the bar, first ACME, upon arrival we immediately ask for the menu (because, priorities) and order tacos. We then proceed to DEMOLISH these tacos sitting at the bar (this is a popular, busy bar) and we could not have been more content. We dummy a few beers, and then head out. We go to two other bars (can’t recall the names) then head back to our AirBnB.

Post bar drunk munch: Leftover sweet potatoes

 

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7 Days, 11 States: Day One

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Home (Oakville) – Nashville

Its 7am and we’re drained (definitely not from staying up until 4) and Sasha’s on the first shift for driving. We make our way through Southern Ontario heading for the Detroit border. Approximately 3 hours into the drive we reach the border, excitedly we make our way into the nexus line, as we are both cardholders, we were looking forward to getting across the border quickly.  Jokes on us apparently, one of us (Sasha) never actually activated the card. One-hour delay. When finally released from the border we make our way through 5 States (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky & Tennessee) and finally (in 13 hours total, including border delay) reach Nashville, Tennessee.

While we were making our way through Kentucky we decided that was a good time to figure out where we were staying for the allocated 2 nights in Nashville. While Sasha was driving I arranged an AirBnB in East Nashville. We were set to stay in a private room in our host Brett’s home. Lets just say Brett is exactly the type of person you’d expect to meet in Nashville: southern charm, friendly, and very respectful. We felt comfortable in his home.

As exhausted as we are from the long drive (which surprisingly didn’t feel very long) we got ready and hit the town. Taking an Uber black SUV obviously, because alcohol. Night one in Nashville we hit up 3 bars, Tootsies, Honky Tonk and Tin Roof. Let’s just say it was a hell of a night, made new friends and danced like no one was watching (seriously, there were way too many people watching). Side note: if any of you actually know Sasha and I, you know that lots of dancing in public is something we should not be doing.

Post bar drunk munch: Lettuce, Turkey and mustard (on a budget, remember), (shit was seriously good though).

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7 days, 11 States: Intro

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With a week off and nothing to do, what better than a quick road trip? My friend Sasha and I each had one week of free time before our lives began this summer and we wanted to travel, but on a strict budget (we’re students, okay). So we thought we’d head south of the border with little to no plan. I mean, we had an idea of the destinations we wanted to hit but nothing booked, no hotels, Air-BnB’s or any other accommodation what so ever. So we thought it would be a good idea to bring a tent along (just incase)… also we put a mattress in the car (cause who knows where we might wind up).

Through this road trip (as noted in the title) we see 11 States, although we may not have stayed in all of these states we did at least drive through them at one point or another. The 11 States we see are as follows:

  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

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