Final Day of the Trip

The group spent the day visiting the Hollywood Wax Museum

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Van 1 arrived home late last night and Van 2 will be arriving soon.

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Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede

Frank is gearing up for the show tonight.


Sightseeing throughout the day

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Some more photos from the cabin.

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The show

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Settling in to the Cabin

It was almost a 6 hour drive to arrive at our cabin in the Smoky Mountains, but it was worth it.

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We arrived to a fun surprise when we found out the cabin included a jukebox, pool table, air hockey game, video games, Pac-Man, and a pinball machine. We enjoyed testing all this out!

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The cabin was spacious and beautifully decorated.

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We all enjoyed relaxing on the porch swing and enjoying the mountain air.

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Memphis, Elvis, BBQ, and the Blues

For the third day of the Country Music Vacation the group went to Memphis. Of course, we went to see the home and plane of Elvis.

Everyone was so excited to arrive.


The group toured the Lisa Marie, one of Elvis’s planes.

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The first two photo’s show everyone gearing up for the tour of Elvis’s home. Sean Snaps a photo while Wayne and Eugene looks around the trophy room. Wow, there are a lot of trophies and awards. You can also see Mary  posing with one of Elvis’s guitars, and the group taking a quiet moment by the meditation fountain. The group was also able to see many of Elvis’s concert costumes while listening to the audio tour.

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Lunch was at Central BBQ which was voted the best BBQ. Josh and Eugene seem to be enjoying it!

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With all the activities today we needed a midday nap!


Energized from the nap we were able to enjoy the Memphis nightlife by walking around Beale Street and attending a blues club.

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Touring Nashville and Going to the Grand Ole Opry

Here are some photos of the group early in the day touring Nashville.

We are enjoying a Nashville breakfast, and we are all smiles as we get ready for the day.

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Lunch with the group. Eugene is always watching over everyone

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Meghan was lucky enough to have a fun lunch date with four great guys!


After lunch the group took the “Official Redneck Tour of Nashville” and became “certified rednecks”.

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Here are some great group shots

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In the evening the group headed to the Grand Ole Opry to see performers like Mark Wills, Kristian Bush, and the Charlie Daniels Bands among many performers.


The performance by the Charlie Daniels Band was incredible. The guys were mesmerized and everyone had goosebumps when they sang the devil went down to Georgia. Eugene Pearla, a chaperone for the trip, made it onstage!

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All of the performers were amazing and the night was definitely unforgettable. Jim Ed Brown, pictured in the first photo, was inducted into the Opry’s Golden Hall of Fame. He sang Little Jimmy Brown. Bobby Osborne, second photo, sang Rocky Top, and Kristian Bush and Mark Wills are pictures three and four. The last photo shows Kristian Bush singing Gravity.

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Everyone’s performance was amazing

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Country Music Vacation – Day 1

What an amazing first day our vacationers had! Two vans left late Thursday evening arriving in Tennessee early yesterday morning. The day began with our groups enjoying breakfast at Perkins and Steak-n-Shake (My favorite!!)

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It looks like they are having so much fun already!

They went exploring and ended up at the Hard Rock Cafe, but not without meeting some interesting people along the way!

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The day ended with a free concert.

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Well…for some the day ended, but I have gotten reports that some VIP vacationers had a very mischievous night.

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