Our Day Off in Franklin, TN
On Sunday we woke up at Becca's place in TN and took our sweet time waking up; steam showers, jacuzzi baths, and some yummy homemade breakfast sandwiches via Adam were all had. It was great. Our plans of the day were as follows; go to a music shop in Leiper's Fork, go to Becca's friend Renee Armand's house, go sledding, watch the Pats game.
First, we went to this adorable shop called "Finds in the Fork" in Leiper's Fork, TN. It's SO cute. It's a little community shop with boutique clothes, records and guitar gear with a little "pickin' corner" where people were welcome to take instruments off the wall and jam with each other.
Rebecca also played a tune of hers:
Then we went to Renee Armand's house (she used to sing backup for John Denver and she has an incredibly interesting life) -- She has a BEAUTIFUL ranch property in the middle of nowhere, TN, equipped with two Alpacas and a donkey named Pickles. We went sledding, and this happened:
I won't talk about the patriots.
Off to Memphis!
We left from Franklin pretty late and headed got to Memphis around 9:30pm. Our host Brian was SUPER awesome and had already gotten takeout BBQ waiting for us at his house -- it was amazing. Brian's awesome.
When we woke up, we decided to go to the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated, and it was really really weird and creepy. It's now the Civil Rights Museum, and they've completely preserved the face of the motel. They even have a wreath right where he got shot. Lots of dark energy, definitely left us feeling a little glum. Memphis!
The Natural State
Arkansas is really weird. We only saw it from the highway, but this is what I have to say about it: The eastern part of the state is like what Applebee's would be like if it were a state. Just totally uninteresting, yet distinctly American. Once we got past Little Rock, there were definitely some REALLY pretty sights. It also didn't hurt that it was nearly 70 degrees at various points throughout the day, which reminded me of why I'm leaving Massachusetts -- I'm tired of the cold. I like spring weather. More, please.
We are DEFINITELY not in Massachusetts anymore. The terrain has completely changed -- we're not quite in the super flat part of Oklahoma, but it's definitely a lot more flat and barren of trees than what I'm used to. Lots of Casinos.
Oklahoma City itself is MASSIVE. The city limits stretch 70 sq miles. It's absolutely huge. On the way to my Aunt's house, we were amazed to find chain after chain after chain -- anything you can think of; Wendy's, McDonald's, CVS, Starbucks, Aldi, Exxon, Home Depot, Walmart, Walgreens, Applebee's, Long John Silver's, Popeyes, Bueno Tacos, Taco Bell, KFC, EVERYTHING. All on one street. It's insane.
My Aunt lives a little Northwest of downtown OKC in a nice residential neighborhood. We were greeted by my Aunt, my cousin Renee & her boyfriend Kendall, and my cousins Nathan & Justin. It's been a REALLY long time since I've seen them, so it was cool to see how they had grown since the last time we all got together. It was a really nice visit, and everybody seems to be happy and doing well. They even have a JRT named Dot! Reminds me a lot about Maya, which definitely makes me miss my dog.
NEXT STOP: AUSTIN
Our next show is tonight in Austin, TX! I'm really excited about this one because I'm co-billing with two awesome local singer-songwriters named Cari Quoyeser and Chris Strand. We'll be playing @ Beerland, TX tonight at 9pm!