Nashville TN, Louisville KY and Dayton OH
Hello again from the road.
Since my last post we have been putting some serious miles behind us. We travelled from Austin up through Dallas, Little Rock and back into Nashville where we spent another couple of days to do some things we weren’t able to do when we were there just a couple of weeks ago. Next we travelled up through Louisville Kentucky and into Dayton Ohio to visit the US Airforce Museum at Wright Patterson AFB.
Lets get to the pictures…….
While in Nashville we had a few local spots we wanted to checkout for some live music and libations.
Our first stop was Puckett’s grocery and restaurant in downtown Nashville for dinner and some live music. Very fun time and very good food.
Our next stop after dinner was a short walk down to Broadway to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Tootsies is a very popular night club and also very small. You just gotta squeeze in and wait for a band break to upgrade your position. We enjoyed watching a few local bands that were very good.
The following night we had reservations to the famous Blue Bird Café where we saw four song writers performing “in the round”. It was very neat to be where so many performers have played and been discovered.
Our next stop North was Louisville Kentucky where we spent the night. Later that evening we went to a night time tour of the old Waverly Hills Sanatorium. Wavery Hills has been touted as the scariest place on earth and has had numerous extensive studies examining it for ghosts. So a night time tour seems appropriate. While we did not see any ghosts this is a pretty freaky building.
This is the front of the Waverly Hills sanatorium when we arrived just before dark for our tour.
Here is one of the gargoyles from the rooftop.
Here is a picture of the building when it was operational back in the 1940’s
Next we travelled to Dayton Ohio to visit the US Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB. I took almost 600 pictures there but don’t worry I only picked a few to post here. This is one of the most expansive aircraft museums in the world and if you love airplanes this place is a MUST visit.
Here is Susan standing next to a tire from a bomber. I didn’t record which one but as you can see from the size of it….a big one.
The museum has a large number of aircraft displays like this one where a situation is presented with surrounding statues and props that really add a level of realism to the presentation of the aircraft.
Wright Patterson houses many of the original aircraft that served as Air Force One for previous presidents. This is the aircraft that took J.F. Kennedy to Dallas and on which Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president. Jacquelyn Kennedy ordered one of the bulkheads cut out to accommodate the casket of the president on their return to Washington DC to prevent storing it in the baggage area.
This is a very cool F86 Sabre with the skin removed showing the complex systems and plumbing in the aircraft.
This is a scale mockup of a 1970’s era nuclear missile launch control room
This is a model of Sputnik I which the Russians launched into Earth orbit in 1957
Well… like I said I took a TON of photos of aircraft at the museum. If you are interested in any of them just drop me a note of which one and I will be happy to forward them to you.
Next we are off to Canton Ohio to visit the NFL Hall of Fame and then onto Pittsburgh for Susan’s niece’s graduation and to visit family and friends. Current plans are to travel toward Cleveland and Chicago after Pittsburgh on our way back toward the West coast but who knows.
Until next time……..
Tom & Susan