..continuing our vacation post..
We left Douglasville and had a short drive to Nashville, Tennessee. We timed it well and both boys slept. I really enjoyed that ride. The scenery is beautiful and a nice change from flat Illinois.
We checked into our hotel and it was right by a runway of the airport. Our room was on the 8th floor, so we had a great view. Trevor loved watching the airplanes take off and the cars on the highway.
We were pretty short on time in Nashville. We headed over to Opryland hotel, as we were told we had to visit it. We had fun and enjoyed the decor. Im sure its just breathtaking at Christmastime. We went on the boat ride and learned cool facts. All the water we floated on was from around the world. They sent out Jack Daniels bottles and asked states/countries to fill with local water and they had a joining of the waters. They had to do it all over again on the year anniversary of the flood, since it was all washed away.
We had fun, but were a little disappointed it cost $20 to park and $20 for the boat ride. An expensive 2 hours!
After the hotel, we went to Opry Mills and had dinner at Rainforest Cafe. Trevor loved it and Gavin enjoyed the fish tanks. Of course, we got ice cream at DQ, Daddys fave.
We had grand plans of relaxing in our king size bed, watching a movie after the kids went to bed. Yeah, Im pretty sure we were all passed out by 10. We woke up and found Trevor like this. I have no clue how he got there, but he was sound asleep.
We posed our men for some pics..Trevor has a mug and Gavin has the remote. ;)
We checked out of our hotel around 10 and stopped at DD for donuts. The ride from Nashville to Louisville wasnt too bad. We had our only two hiccups during that stretch. A rock hit the window on the right side and left a hole. Luckily, isnt very large and we dont have to replace the entire window, just fill the spot. Also, Tom got pulled over. We were on the highway, finding the exit for the zoo and he was speeding. The officer glanced at Toms badge and said Have a good day. It was the first time that ever happened and Tom had this goofy smirk on his face for hours.
I still cant believe how great Gavin was. We were really expecting to be miserable and it was such a pleasant surprise!
The Louisville Zoo was awesome!! We simply loved it! There were a lot of cool exhibits, a carousel, tram, the dinosaur trail, splashpark, etc. We could have stayed for hours longer. Although, it was HOT! We were all sweaty messes and Im pretty sure Gavin ended up naked.
Louisville to home was the longest ride while awake. The kids were wiped from the zoo and took a nice nap in the car. We stopped once to grab dinner and were home at 9pm on the dot! It was a mad race to get unpacked and ready for the next day, since we both returned to work bright and early.
The trip was a beautiful mix of draining and fun. I think it took us a full week to recover! We are counting the days until our next family vacation. Walt Disney World-49 days to go!