The Hermitage, Nashville, Tennessee to Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee 3/16/2014

MARCH 16, 2014 (Sunday)

 

Better night sleep. Got up and had the continental breakfast in the lobby. They had cereal, oatmeal, waffles, yogurt, donuts, muffins, bread, fruit, and different kinds of drinks – coffee, tea, orange juice or apple juice. Nice selection.

Breakfast at the Ramada.

Breakfast at the Ramada.

We left our hotel around noon and drove to “The Hermitage.” The Hermitage was the home of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States. He is best known for the Trail of Tears and the way he treated the Indians (not well). We were not sure if we wanted to go, for that very reason, but decided to check it out. It was a very lovely home and showed how the man was full of contradictions (aren’t we all?). Anyway, it was well worth the time and money to see it, even on a rainy day. Because of the rain we didn’t get to see the grounds, but the home itself was very unique and beautiful. He left office with the National Debt completely paid off and a budget surplus. He was frugal in all things.

Entrance.

Entrance.

The visitor's center and museum are large.

The visitor’s center and museum are large.

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Six foot two.  Hated the Fed and paper money, he'd hate being on the twenty.

Six foot two. Hated the Fed and paper money, he’d hate being on the twenty.

Adored his wife.

Adored his wife.

Not a grand view like Madison's or Jefferson's homes.

Not a grand view like Madison’s or Jefferson’s homes.

Log cabin near the main residence.

Log cabin near the main residence.

Period costumes.

Period costumes.

No photo's allowed inside, we got these from the side.  Kind of a family room.

No photo’s allowed inside, we got these from the side. Kind of a family room.

Kitchen larder and pantry.

Kitchen larder and pantry.

Dining room.  One of the kids said, "I don't recall having a diner with less than 15 people there.

Dining room. One of the kids said, “I don’t recall having a dinner with less than 15 people there.

Fireplace in dining room.  Every room has a fireplace.

Fireplace in dining room. Every room has a fireplace.

The working kitchen out the back of the house.

The working kitchen out the back of the house.

Lots of things in the gift shop.

Lots of things in the gift shop.

Period flags.

Period flags.

Around 3:00 PM, we drove from The Hermitage in Nashville to Columbia, Tennessee (about 60 miles). We met our family for dinner at a Japanese restaurant called Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant. We were all supposed to meet at 4:30 PM. We were the first ones there, then Wally and his wife, Wanda, Hank, Sara and her husband, Robin, then Bobby and Kathy. So good to see everyone again. We got to see Bobby, Kathy, Hank, and Wally when we went through about six months ago, but was so good to see Sara and meet her husband, and meet Wanda.

Got to the restaurant early and topped off at a nearby Kroger gas station.

Got to the restaurant early and topped off at a nearby Kroger gas station.

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Wally and Wanda got there first.

Wally and Wanda got there first.

Sarah and Robin showed up.  Robin is running for county sheriff, elections in August.

Sara and Robin showed up. Robin is running for county sheriff, elections in August.

Beloved cousin Kathy.

Beloved cousin Kathy.

Kathy's cousin Bobby and Wally's son Hank.

Kathy’s husband Bobby and Wally’s son Hank.

Nice Japanese salad.
Nice Japanese salad.
My beloved cousin Kathy showing off her appetizer.

My beloved cousin Kathy showing off her appetizer.

Hank had a Sushi appetizer.

Hank had a sushi appetizer.

 

Lex ate lite, just this plate of sushi.

Lex ate lite, just this plate of sushi.

Wanda had a delicious looking chicken and rice dish.

Wanda had a delicious looking chicken and rice dish.

Kathy had a shrimp tempura dish.

Kathy had a shrimp tempura dish.

Wally had tempura and soup with udon noodles.

Wally had tempura and soup with udon noodles.

Edie and I had identical servings of tempura vegetables with rice, damn gout.

Edie and I had identical servings of tempura vegetables with rice, damn gout.

After dinner we headed to Wally and Wanda’s home (a short distance away). Wanda had made a bunch of desserts for us to enjoy while we visited more. Such a wonderful lady. What a beautiful home they have made for themselves. They even did the tile work in the kitchen and bathroom all by themselves. Absolutely gorgeous. I’d hire them in a minute.

Wally and Wanda's home.

Wally and Wanda’s home.

Wally welcoming us.

Wally welcoming us.

Sarah and Aunt Kathy.

Sara and Aunt Kathy.

Wanda had three different and wonderful deserts for us, with ice cream!

Wanda had three different and wonderful desserts for us, with ice cream!

Sarah with one of the three dogs.

Sara with one of the three dogs.

Hank hanging out.

Hank hanging out.

Robin, soliciting a vote from Wanda.

Robin, soliciting a vote from Wanda.

Edie loved there home.

Edie loved their home.

A little brother and sister chat.

A little brother and sister chat.

Around 9:00 PM, it was time to leave and follow Kathy and Bobby home. Kathy and Bobby both work and have to get up early. We got a little more visiting in when we got to their beautiful home. They have four of the cutest dogs ever. So sweet – Kathy, Bobby, and their dogs. Love them all so much.

Bobby and Kathy live on over 200 acres is a lovely and grand home.

Bobby and Kathy live on over 200 acres in a lovely and grand home.  The backyard the next morning.

Bobby was the first to go to bed, then Kathy, Michael and I. Lexi stayed up to watch The Walking Dead. That was our day. Hope yours was great!

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