Statue of Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl, two famous Ryman performers, in the main entrance to the Mother Church of Country Music, the famous Ryman Theater in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Acuff died in 1992 and Minnie Pearl in 1996.
The water in the spring is very hot. A fountain with cooled water is further up the street where people often fill jugs that are available to purchase in shops lining the other side of the street. It is delicious water!
Another scene along the interstate in Texas was hundreds of windmills used for the production of electricity. Grandpa Roy calls these windmills "bird killers" because, according to press reports, they kill thousands of birds each year who fly into them.
Your grandparents had a couple steaks at the Barn Door in Odessa, Texas. The restaurant was AAA rated, but their idea of medium and Grandpa's idea of medium are the difference between breathing and hot pink in the center. Service, however, was excellent.
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i | Date: 5/14/14 11:23 AM | Exposure: 1/800s | Aperture: ƒ/5.0
Carlsbad Caverns was an unscheduled stop. It turned out to be one of the highlights of the whole trip for both of your grandparents. They made several unscheduled stops during their trip, but that had been part of the plan.
Garden eels at the museum's aquarium. They have a special plate that makes the back of their tail hard, which they use as a shovel. It was interesting to watch them bob up and down when fish swam past. Notice that there are green shaded and dotted eels as well as striped eels.
Grandpa Roy poses with a guitarist outside the excellent Gold Nugget restaurant in Wickenburg, Arizona, a wonderful little town they were forced to go through because of a fire blocking the Interstate to Flagstaff.
A lady arrived in period costume while your grandparents were dining at the Gold Nugget who was to lead a ghost tour of the town. Before she and her group left, she told ghost stories about the restaurant for about 20 minmutes.
After leaving Wickenburg the following morning, the back roads around the Slate fire took your grandparents through a very small town with the unusual name of Skull Valley. This is their cemetery on the outskirts of town.
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon was your grandparents' goal. They finally made it on 23 May 2014, a day behind schedule because of the Slide fire. Even the morning drive was fraught with danger, as it snowed and sleeted on the winding drive to the park.
Bryce Canyon is made up of soft sandstone colums called hoodoos. They are easily reshaped by wind and rain. Returning to the canyon after several years would reveal many differences in the hoodoos from the previous visit.