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Posted: December 3rd, 2009 by Courtney

Our first stop in Tennessee was the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Now I know why they call them "Smokey"

Now I know why they call them "Smoky"

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail

We went on a hike to the Chimney Tops, two rocks that are suppose to look like chimneys.  It was a great, but really strenuous hike.  I was glad to make it to the top and take a break before heading back to the car.

The top seemed more like rock climbing than hiking

The top seemed more like rock climbing than hiking

View from the top

View from the top

After a night of pouring rain we decided to head to Nashville.  We were lucky to catch open mic night at the famous Bluebird Cafe.   We got to see a lot of talented songwriters preforming their works.  The next morning we even heard one of the guys from the Bluebird on an NPR program.

Bluebird Cafe

Bluebird Cafe

One day two we visited Andrew Jackson’s mansion, the Hermitage, then we headed for downtown Nashville to check out Broadway Street, get a little BBQ, and watch the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  Even though we are not huge country music fans, we had a great time.  I might even go get me some cowboy boots.  Yee Ha!

Broadway Street, home to the Honkey Tonk bars

Broadway Street, home to the Honky Tonk bars

In front of the Ryman

In front of the Ryman

Dierks Bentley at the Grand Ole Opry

Dierks Bentley at the Grand Ole Opry