Sunday, July 6, 2014

Road Trip Day 5: Ancient Greece

Okay, okay, we didn't drive through Ancient Greece yesterday. I don't even think that's possible, unless we had a souped up DeLorean or a Tardis as our vehicle, and we don't. But though we didn't travel through time or space yesterday, we did get to go to the Parthenon!

This is the road our hotel in Memphis was on :)

Yesterday we drove from Memphis, Tennessee to Morristown, Tennessee, a distance of 428 miles. We are so close to being done with this road trip - we only have around 370 miles to go!

Saturday was kind of relaxed - we didn't do much really anywhere (other than going to the Parthenon). We left Memphis about 7:30 in the morning and got to Nashville about 10. As soon as we got there we drove to Centennial Park, where we got to visit a life-sized replica of the Parthenon from Greece. It was built in 1895 for Tennessee's Centennial Exposition, and wasn't originally intended to be permanent. It, along with all the other structures built for the event, was made of wood, plaster, and brick. But due to its popularity, within the next thirty years it was rebuilt in concrete on the same foundations, and it's lasted ever since.

It was so cool to visit! It was huge and very grand. It was fun to feel like we were in Ancient Greece for a little while. :) When we got there we told Ellie we were at the Parthenon. A minute later she told us, "We're at the Park-anon!" and we laughed. Then she said, pointing at a statue, "Look, it's Joseph Smith!" and we were laughing again. She's such a funny girl.

Those little tiny white dots on the left are people in white dress shirts. 
I thought this sign was funny. :)
Inside, they had a 42-foot tall statue of Athena, just like the original Parthenon did. Nike, who she's holding in her right hand, is about the size of a normal person.

After going inside the Parthenon and looking at Athena and the art museum in the basement, we came outside and played on the playground at the same park.

The picture below doesn't really do it justice, but it was an awesome playground. First of all, the whole thing (including this play structure and another, bigger one) was all set in the middle of abunch of trees, so it was nice and shady. A tree even grew up right in the middle of the play structure. Secondly, whoever built it actually did it with little kids in mind, and there were no spots for them to fall off the structure! So many playground have gaps (for ladders or something) where small kids could fall out. This structure was built specifically for little kids, and there was no gaps for them to fall through. Just stairs and slides.

This is just the front side. The play structure made a big ring around the tree, and there was a second play structure for older kids behind it.

After playing for a while, we packed back in the car and drove to the east side of Nashville to eat at a hole-in-the-wall BBQ place called Papa Turney's. It was delicious. I don't know if I could choose between this or the Oklahoma BBQ, they were both great. But this was just so yummy. :) We got one pork plate and one beef plate and shared them together.

After lunch, we drove by President Andrew Jackson's homestead. It was pretty. But it cost money to go in, so we just looked at it from the outside, lol. He wasn't a very nice president, anyway. ;)

From there we just drove to where our hotel was located, in Morristown, TN, just outside of Knoxville. We checked in and took a short break at our hotel, during which Ellie and Zelda played together.

Lately Zelda has been doing this adorable and funny thing where she bends over and hides her face to play Peekaboo with us. It is the cuuuuutest.

We had farmland, a barn, a silo, and a herd of cows across the street from our hotel, by the way. This kind of give you an idea of what kind of area we were staying in:

Across the street
For dinner we drove into Morristown and got some food from "Hardees" (Carl's Jr in disguise) which was attached to - not the Green Burrito - but the Red Burrito. The Red Burrito! Whaaaaat? We can't get over that.

We took our food and ate it at a playground that was attached to a school. It was built for bigger kids, though, so Ellie couldn't play on much, but she did climb up these super steep stairs to go on these crazy tall slides a couple times. It kind of gave me a heart attack every time she was going up.

The super tall slides. Where the blue slide connects to the structure is probably ten feet in the air.
And that was pretty much our whole day! Like I said, we didn't do much yesterday. Just got from point A to point B, all of which was in Tennessee. Although, I do want to say that Jason and I didn't realize how jungle-y Tennessee is. Seriously, so many times today we mentioned to each other that it felt like we were in a jungle. And the trees are so tall! In one part of Morristown we were in, probably because we were next to a hill or something we couldn't see (because it was hidden by the trees), they were just towering over us. (Man, I'm in a mood for italics, aren't I?) Like a hundred feet tall, and covered with vines. It was crazy. The trees here are crazy.

Finally, today is the last day of our trip! Yaaaaay!!! Tonight we'll be at our new home! And we are so excited!!!!! It feel like we've been on this trip forever. We were saying today that it feels like sooo long ago that we were in Flagstaff. Ages and ages ago. But today we will finally reach our destination. :)


  1. I've been to the Parthenon in Nashville! And Emily lives there now. This whole post reminded me of living in Mississippi, Indiana and Oklahoma.

  2. dah! It's making me crazy to know you guys were like 3.5 hrs from us and we didn't get to see you!!! Makes me tempted to just jump in my car and come meet you! :) I really really like Tennessee. I have always been surprised at how pretty it is. Kentucky is the same way. I never really thought of those states much growing up and didn't know what they were like. Pretty much everywhere has it's own type of beauty. I'm excited for you guys to get there!!!


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