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To Nashville and Back

IMG_8833I am very late with this post as I have already been back from Nashville for a while now. Doesn’t matter though, still had fun. My brother-in-laws, some friends, and I went to Nashville for a few days to celebrate the end of bachelorhood for our newest brother-in-law. The trip was great and filled with a lot of great laughs and memories.

Heading downtown the first night was an experience. I personally have never been to Nashville so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I talked with some friends that had gone so I had an idea of some places to check out but what I got myself into was on a whole other level. We started out at the Hard Rock to get some food and drinks and then headed on down Broadway.

Broadway is a world of it’s own. There are so many bars and so much music your senses are on overload. We went to a few different bars and took in all that we could. Like myself I am pretty sure many were experiencing Nashville for their first time. So we leaned on those that had been before for ideas on the spots to check out. Bar after bar and band after band we finally got some Ubers and headed back to our rental house where the night continued.

IMG_8856The next morning was rough for a just about all of us. We were hungry and tired. A Yelp review led us to believe that a spot with some awesome breakfast food was just waiting for us down the road. Upon arrival though we find out that the only seating is a table for two in this hole in the wall restaurant. After much deliberation we split and got some pizza instead. Easy and fast.

After a nice nap it was time to get ready for another round of fun. We found a place in Midtown that was playing the Blues vs Predators game so we held up there while eating and drinking. The Blues claimed victory and the Preds fans that were there in the bar were nothing but nice. I am big on sportsmanship, so taking the loss so well was good to see. We ended up losing that series in the end but it was a great game to watch. Once the game wrapped up and we enjoyed a few more beverages it was time to Uber up and visit the club. The night got amped up to 11 at this point. Lots of drinks and fun. I will leave it at that for this particular night as to not incriminate and embarrass anyone.

IMG_8868Our last night got us back to Midtown but not without getting some Tennessee BBQ first. After dinner we started hitting up various bars and just having a blast. DJ’s and live music were scattered all about the area. In the late hours of the night we grabbed a couple Ubers and headed back to our rental.

I realize that I haven’t gone into too much details about this particular trip to Nashville. Leaving out names of people, places, and things. It’s intentional because I had too much fun and don’t remember the names of the bars. I remember the names of the people, but I don’t think this is the place to divulge that information. Bottom line is that Nashville is a whole lot of fun and I cannot wait to go back. Next time I am bringing my wife. She is my dancing partner and I think we both could really get down, go to town, boot scoot and boogie together.

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Bull Shoals Vacation 2016

The last few years I have put together several videos highlighting our Bull Shoals vacation. This year I switched it up and just made one ten minute video. I also used some slow motion effects this time around which added some extra coolness to the video. I won’t keep you reading so go ahead and get to watching our awesome Bull Shoals vacation video!

Want to see some bonus footage? Check out this video of the storm that rolled through while we were hanging out on the dock!

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Day 4 of Our Bull Shoals Vacation

GOPR0274Today is the last day of our vacation. We go home tomorrow bright and early, but at least we have today. After a little breakfast we got ourselves ready and headed on down for a day on the dock. The swim dock is pretty cool. There’s a nice bench for sitting, plenty of room for even more chairs and a bunch of people.

The day started out nice and sunny. Upon arriving on the dock there was a nice little nacho bar setup for us to indulge in. After a plate or two of nachos we did some swimming while Pawpaw showed off his skiing skills. After a few hours of being on the dock a storm started rolling into the lake and right in our direction. Most of us braved the storm on the dock but got completely soaked. The kids stayed through most of it as well but took off with Mammaw and Pawpaw right before it ended. With the kids gone we took the opportunity to have some drinks and float around in the lake. Fellow boaters tossed us some jello shots which was super awesome.

GOPR0320A second storm rolled in and we all huddled in a boat slip on our floats. It was fun for all. The rain didn’t last too long the second time around so we were able to get back out in open lake and swim for a little bit longer. Mammaw and the kids eventually came back down with Pawpaw and while they did some swimming we started cleaning up everything. We had a bunch of floats to deflate, wet bikes, and more to clean up and get ready to take home.

Just before everything was said and done the kids did one more round of tubing, and then the adults. The kids swam for just a little bit more as the sun started to make its exit. We headed back up to get cleaned up and fill up on some food. After eating we started packing our own stuff and loading it in the car so we too can make a nice exit.

GoPro videos coming soon!

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Day 3 of Our Bull Shoals Vacation

GOPR0167After a wet and wild night with a storm rolling through the lake we woke up to a nice bright and sunny morning. My wife and I had a craving for some doughnuts. So we checked for some local spots. We found one called Hank and Katie’s Bakery & Cafe. I insisted we get a few dozen based on how delicious they were. My wife reminded me of our budget, so we settled for a half dozen. Once we had our doughnuts we headed back across the dam to our cabin.

We didn’t waste any time getting ourselves ready and down to the dock to get our boat back out onto the lake for a day of some tubing. Our boat wasn’t the fastest vessel out on the lake so it was perfect for the kids to ride on the tube without risking going too fast.

They had a blast going out there. After a bit of tubing we anchored off in a small cove and did some swimming. Pawpaw cooked up some hot dogs for everyone and I took the kids out on a few rides on the wet bike. Alex loves going fast. He wanted to ride the tube over and over again. Same with the wet bike. He would also say, “one more ride”, in his soft sweet little voice. Of course we obliged most of the time. Abby also likes going for rides, but doesn’t like to go as crazy as Alex does.

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Once we got back to the dock it was time to take the boat back to the rental place. It was a good ship while it lasted, but the fun was just about to begin.

IMG_5059We headed back up to the cabins to enjoy some amazing brisket prepared by Pawpaw. His brisket is outstanding and can stand up against anything I’ve seen on Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives. My wife’s uncle also made up some ranch burgers. I gave one of them a shot and have to say it was pretty tasty.

As for another movie night, it didn’t look like it was going to rain again but I didn’t want to risk it. So I didn’t bother setting up the screen. However, we did get the fire pit going and sat around enjoying a few drinks and each other’s company. We made some smores for the kids and ourselves. After a day out in the sun it was a very tasty treat to add to the night.

Pawpaw even fired up his deep fryer again and fried up some pickles and some chips for everyone. Once again they were super delicious and everyone was left wanting more.

The kids passed out on Mammaw and Pawpaw’s couch again, so we scooped up Alex and left Abby there and went back up to our cabin to get some rest for our last day on the lake.

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