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Chickasaw State Park

Chickasaw State Park
20 Cabin Lane
Henderson, Tennessee 38340
731-989-5141
Website

As I’ve mentioned, I recently went to Nashville, TN. On the way, we decided to stop and check out some sites. After we went to the Pinson Mounds State Park, we decided to check out Chickasaw State Park which was a short drive from the mounds. By the way, the review for Pinson Mounds can be found here.

Chickasaw State Park was much more impressive than Pinson Mounds.

Chickasaw State Park was named for the Chickasaw Indians who once inhabited West Tennessee and North Mississippi. The 1,400 acres of land located in West Tennessee along the border of Hardeman and Chester Counties was one of Tennessee’s 20 New Deal-era state parks. The park is situated on some of the highest terrain in west Tennessee. Of the area’s 14,384 acres of timberland, 1,280 acres are used for recreation. Chickasaw State Park offers various activities for visitors to embark on including more than four miles of easy to moderate hiking trails and bicycle friendly roads and horse rentals for a horseback ride. Guests can utilize the rowboats and pedal boats available for rent on Lake Placid. Chickasaw State Park also has several lodging options.

We checked out the cabins, the lake, the restaurant and the campground. The lake lived up to the name, Lake Placid. The water was a beautiful blue and still. The pier/walkway across the lake was sunk in the water at some parts but it actually looked really cool. The campsite and cabins looked nice, so nice in fact that we took notes to possible return for an overnight stay. The restaurant had glass windows so visitors could look out at the lake while partaking in a meal. We didn’t eat there, so I can’t review the restaurant on service or food. It was a really beautiful place.

The only negative I can point out is that most of the tent campsites were either close together or small.

It seems like a great place to spend the day or maybe a few. Our brief time there was not only peaceful but also beautiful.

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Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park
460 Ozier Road
Pinson, Tennessee 38366
731-988-5614
http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/pinson-mounds

I recently traveled to Nashville from west TN with my husband. On the way, we decided to hit some areas we had never visited. One of those areas was the Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park. We had seen the signs for it a hundred times before but never stopped. We decided to check it out.

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park covers more than 1,200 acres and contains at least 15 Native American mounds.

The short drive from the main road was a lovely, curvy road. Pulling into the park gave a false sense of beauty. The tree encompassed road was beautiful but once the area opened up, it wasn’t quite as nice. We reached the museum, bypassing the group camp, and parked. It was nice that the museum seemed to have been put within a mound. The museum was closed but the entrance looked really neat. We looked at the fall decoration outside but unfortunately, the flowers were long dead and some of the squash/pumpkins were rotted.

We drove to the end of the parking lot and realized that we had drove past the mound area. We backed up and parked. We got out and went to a directory and started walking in the general direction of the mounds. We walked until we saw the first mound and plaque. I got to say, I was not impressed. It looked like a hill and the plaque only “suggests” the purpose of the mound without any certainty. Although we weren’t impressed we walked around to the steps that lead to the top of the mound. We were hopeful that the view would be worth the walk.

The stairs up the mound were steep and not in a straight path up. The view was not impressive by any means. Maybe in the winter when the trees are bare, a view of the water could be seen but not while we were there.

We decided that we were not impressed enough to walk to the other mounds. We left. The drive out was nice, just as the drive in.

I imagine the park is nice for those who like to have a different trail to walk or for nature watchers. Maybe the museum would have provided more information about the significance of the mounds. As out of towners looking for interesting history and beautiful nature, this was not what we had in mind. For us, we have seen far better. We joked as we left that the hills off the main road looked no different than the Pinson Mounds.

Check out the website to see if it right for you. There are maps online that you can view to see the entire park.

 

 


Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
600 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
615-741-5280
Website

In October 2016, I visited the Bicentennial Park in Nashville, TN. I arrived around 10am. I was able to find a free parking spot on the street. I will admit that I was a bit blown away by the park. It was beautiful.

With just a simple walk in the 19-acre park visitors can experience many facets of Tennessee’s history including a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-Bell Carillon, a Pathway of History and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains. The 11 planters along the Walkway of Counties show native plant species from different regions of the state. The park features a 2,000-seat amphitheater that provides dramatic views of the Nashville skyline. Composed of terraced lawns, the amphitheater was designed after the Greek theater at Epidaurus.

What the snippet neglected to mention was the walking path between each of the “facets”. I visited each of these by walking the path. There were a few people walking the trail for fitness, some sightseers and some walking to get to their office. I was fortunate enough to hear the bells go off twice- each time with a different sound. The grounds were nicely manicured / clean and the sights were spectacular. It didn’t matter the direction, each way had a view.  Although the park is located downtown, there were no safety concerns. However, I may have felt differently if it was after dark. There was also plenty of flat, grassy areas for picnics and lawn chairs.

There were only a couple of downfalls to this state park. First is the parking situation. There was not a lot of free parking spots for a state ran park. The TN emblem colors embedded on the ground at the bells seemed faded. The fading isn’t a big deal. The park could use more seating, whether benches or large rocks. It’s a large park and I counted maybe 5 benches. There were a couple of other spots you could sit, but considering some people can not sit on the ground, carry lawn chairs or sit on hard granite, more benches should be considered.

All in all, this was a nice state park and pleasantly different than most. If you’re in the Nashville area, stop and enjoy the views.

 

 


Peg Leg Porker

Peg Leg Porker
903 Gleaves St.
Nashville, TN 37203
615-829-6023
http://peglegporker.com/restaurant/

Menu

During a recent trip to Nashville, TN at the end of October 2016 my husband I decided to check out local cuisine. We googled some of the Travel Channel and Food TV shows to see if any joints piqued our interest. Peg Leg Porker seemed to keep popping up. We love BBQ, so we decided to give it a try.

We plugged the address in the GPS when we were ready to chow down. It was a little tricky finding the place. We ended up on the street outside the restaurant and bar. We had to pay to park in the street. A quarter only got us fifteen minutes, but we were approaching HANGRY status, so we fed the meter so we could feed our bellies. We crossed the street and walked through the patio area and into the door. Apparently, we were on the bag side of the building despite it being the side pictured on the website.

When we got oriented, we realized where we needed to go. We walked past all the tables and past the bar area to get to the counter. We decided to get the full rack of ribs each which came with two sides ($22.95). I ordered beans and mac and cheese. Our total with a water and one soda ($2.25) came to more than $50. The ribs are in dry rub style, a style in which I’ve never tried. I’m in Memphis, so we have wet ribs here. The ribs were fall off the bone tender with plenty of seasoning. In short, they were awesome! We were in conflict on the beans. He enjoyed them but I found them to be worse than Bush’s Baked Beans that you can buy in the store. The mac and cheese was decent.

The food was delivered quickly which after tasting the sides, was likely due to sitting somewhere in the back waiting on us. The food was not hot. The website does indicate that they only cook a certain amount of food for the day and once they run out, they close. The restaurant was deserted because we picked a time in which kids were still in school but after the lunch crowd was gone. The restaurant consisted of mostly 4 top tables (no booths) and a large bar. There were televisions and memorabilia throughout. It was a cozy atmosphere.

All in all, the ribs were great. This was really all that mattered to us. I do suggest an anti acid pill if you have gastrointestinal issues because they use lots of dry rub that you will taste the rest of the day. Was the food better than what I cook at home? Absolutely not. Was it a bit overpriced? A bit for room temperature food and wooden chairs surrounded by loud televisions. Was it worth the trip with metered parking, non hot food and okay sides? Yes

Ultimately, I am glad we went, but I will likely not return. If you want good BBQ ribs, local cuisine, and a different atmosphere you should definitely go but choose your time wisely.

 

 


Laura (1944)

Laura – Otto Preminger

I’ve been trying to watch older films…again. I had made a point to watch classics like Gone With The Wind and Casablanca a couple of years ago but hated them and haven’t looked back. Well, I’m back to it and thought “Laura” would be a good start.

The plot of the movie is that a detective begins to “fall” for the victim in his homicide investigation.

I don’t really have any negatives for this movie. I am being completely honest here.

The actors/actresses did well and the viewer stayed in the dark on the culprit until near the end.  I had my suspicions from the start that turned out to be on target but as new information is produced, reasonable doubt set in.

The pace of the movie was quick but not too quick and humor speckled the entire movie. I loved that there was not a lot of time devoted to backstory. It was done in a narrative manner which aided in keeping the pace going. Brilliant.

I’ve read some of comments and reviews on the movie and would like to offer this. Clear your mind of crime/mystery shows from today and forget everything you’ve learned about forensics and proper criminal investigations. This movie is set in a different time before the sophistication of today’s detectives and scientists. I also advise against watching the trailer as it gives away some answers to this mystery.

I give it 4 stars for being a classy who done it.

It has no sex, nudity, cussing or violence and is based on a 1943 book.


Suits (TV-Series)

Suits – TV-14-Aaron Korsh

I started watching this show a few months ago with my husband on Amazon Prime. I made it through 5 seasons and I have mixed feelings about this USA show.

The premise of the show is stated on IMDB.com as “On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City’s best lawyers.”

This is extremely vague but to keep the surprise, well, a surprise, I won’t expand on that.

The Good-

The plot is original but not. It’s your usual law dramas with more humor and presented with a more in-depth look behind the scenes. It makes you wonder if real law firms and lawyers behave in such borderline acts.

The actors are great, although, I will admit, none except Rick Hoffman are instantly recognizable. They do a magnificent job.

The Bad-

After season one, the show goes downhill in my opinion and I can tell you why. The women of the show just really bog the progression of the plot down. The women, except Donna, are written in such a bipolar manner that they come off irrational and hypocritical to the point of being an annoyance. Donna’s character takes more time to develop into the same depth as the others, but it does happen. The boss lady, Jessica, is horrible and makes it really hard to understand why any of the characters put up with her nonsense and continue to be loyal. She constantly makes bad management calls and when it appears she may be on top, she rubs it in like she is all-knowing despite all her failures.

Too much time is devoted to the “love” relationships. Having the female characters hard to relate to, makes the love aspect of the story even less comprehensible. Why these men put up with their crazy asses makes it even harder for the viewer to “root” for them to succeed. I don’t have to see all the lovey dovey stuff that any person in a real relationship knows doesn’t exist on such a continual, daily basis. If it did, relationships definitely wouldn’t last because we would tire of the fake sentiment quickly. We get it, they are in love…can we move on now please?

The writers seem to try to make the women seem less crazy by focusing on their physical appearance. I get it, Rachel is hot and no man can resist trying to hit on her, but do we need extended shots of male characters looking her up and down as she stretches to reach something in a cabinet? It’s so cliché’. She’s pretty, the viewers don’t need to ogle the females too. This goes for the other main female characters as well. I seriously doubt, even in NY, that women wear evening dressing to work, especially when they are so tight that the woman has to walk cross-legged because she has no room to make an actual step.

Another thing is the use of the curse word G** D**mn. It’s run amuck in this show. I’ve always hated this term and realize that others will not have a problem with it. They use it as a way to emphasize something but it really doesn’t jive well. They use pu**y alot as well. You will also hear b**tch and s**t as well. It gets old. When I watch shows with a lot of cursing, it just always makes me think the writer has a limited vocabulary and doesn’t know “how to use his big boy” words.

Overall, it’s a decent show, especially the first season. The plot gets bogged down with crazy women and their fucked up perspectives of the relationships. I had to take breaks from it because it became such an annoyance, but I liked that I didn’t always rally for the main characters, which is different. They are written to the point that sometimes you wanted to see them kick ass and other times you wanted them bruised and hurting.

I give it 3 judgements.

It’s rated TV-14. It has sex scenes which pushes what is acceptable for tv standards. No direct nudity can be seen while the sex ensues but you can see a man dive down between a woman’s legs under the covers, a woman’s beasts are barely covered, etc. There are a couple of scenes in which Rick’s butt is shown. And there is drug/alcohol abuse that is repeatedly seen. I would probably say TV-17, but I know I am a bit more protective of young minds and eyes than many.


Mini Vacation- FLORIDA

It’s been three years since I have been on vacation. The last “trip” I took was a month long, cross-country excursion that will always be at the top of my list of spectacular moments of my life.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been on camping trips since then but those are not necessarily relaxing.

Life has been hectic and the thought of relaxing and getting out of the daily routine and rut was just what was needed.

I headed to Panama City Beach, FL for some spontaneous ocean and beach fun, well, gulf and beach fun if you want to get technical. Although, I admit, I just now looked up the difference in meaning between gulf and ocean and either terminology is correct. Isn’t is funny how intellectually you know things but when it comes to public scrutiny of your words, you’ll look up simple words to make sure you didn’t somehow lose intellect?

Sorry, back to my point.

From this vacation will come some reviews of various things, like apps, cars, establishments and the city itself.

So stayed tuned……..