It has been ONE YEAR since we loaded the Big Taxi and went on the road!
Some of you were there at the beginning….shaking your heads in wonder! Some of us didn’t have that much good sense…..
Nahhhh, for all the info we lacked, there was a truckload waiting to be read and experienced, and we learned more each day than we had learned in the preceding umpteen months!
What a year it’s been!
We celebrated by driving up through Land Between the Lakes, a National Recreation Area that starts in the south in Tennessee and runs north about 40 miles into Kentucky. We found a good herd of bison eating beside The Trace, the name given to winding & hilly Route 49 that runs up the middle of LBL.
And we celebrated the other anniversary on our way out of LBL this morning…..
There’s this fabulous, home-grown restaurant just a mile from our campground called Patti’s 1880’s Settlement. People clear on the other end of Tennessee have been raving about it to us for weeks and weeks, so we thought we’d try to catch a meal there.
Robyn and I have been married 18 years as of next Monday, and a good meal in a special place seemed the right way to celebrate.
Oh baby, was it ever!
We couldn’t eat their amazing pies we were so full….so we got a bunch of different slices to go so we could keep celebrating all week!
And the staff was sooooo kind! They had overhead music that was a bit loud in our small side dining room. When we asked if they could turn it down or off in our room, they said well, not exactly, we have to change it everywhere, but we’ll just turn it off. Everywhere!
And they used the other dining rooms for guests that arrived after us, so we had this dining room to ourselves! Which was probably good for everyone, because Ross wasn’t inclined to sit, and spent the meal standing. Ryan was tickled with some magnetic cubes we’d found in the gift shop, and sat through the meal being mostly quiet!
On our way out, staff in the gift shop inquired if we were going to spend some time around the grounds, and when we said yes, they said they’d be sure to keep the music off for awhile, would an hour be enough? Oh my goodness, the music was also piped outside, and they’d had it turned off while we ate!
The grounds of the place are a reason to go in the first place. Notice in the background of Ross & Ryan on the swing….the huge wind chime! The final picture is just part of the pathway between the parking lot and restaurant.