Monday, August 31, 2009


Aug. 31, 2009---Busy river today with various tows going up and downstream.

Maryann located the sign that explains the work of art is named: "Ghost Ballet"

Took Tom & Crystal to see the Gaylord Opryland Resort.
Information below is from the internet:

Located adjacent to the Grand Ole Opry the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., spans over 40 acres of running streams, cascading waterfalls, pedestrian bridges and 12 greenhouses. The hotel is adjacent to the General Jackson Showboat and across the street from the Opry Mills Mall.

This hotel features 2,881 guestrooms with southern-style decor and marble vanities. Gaylord Opryland Hotel is America's largest non-casino resort.

Tom is associating with a couple of interesting characters!

Tom & Crystal really enjoyed the spectacular plant life in the various gardens.

Large catfish were swimming around what is called the island.

The Aquarium restaurant is located in the Opry Mills Mall.
It is a fine place to dine. The fish are fun to watch. The waitress said the main aquarium holds 200,000 gallons of water. It is treated with salt from the Red Sea. It takes 7 tons each month to keep the salinity correct.

After lunch we returned to the boat so Tom & Crystal could pack. I drove them back to Green Turtle Bay where we were a few days ago so they could get their car and start toward home. By the time I got back to Nashville they had checked into a motel in Union City, TN. The drive to Youngsville, LA won't be quite so long for them tomorrow.
We sure enjoyed their company!
The drive from Green Turtle Bay in Grand Rivers, KY to Nashville, TN is a 2 hour drive covering 117 miles. Lots of curves on the Cumberland River made 160 boat miles and took us nearly 20 hours! Sure was a lot more relaxing on the boat.

Crystal really liked the waterfall in the Gaylord Hotel. See the short video below. Turn up your sound to hear the waterfall.

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