Cumberland River
My Dad lives in Madison, Tennessee on the banks of the Cumberland River. It’s quite a spot in general but one of the more interesting things to see are the tug boats and barges. Our first afternoon hanging out we spotted not one but two tugs coming slowly down the river against the swift current.

That gave me plenty of time to grab my camera and take a couple dozen shots. While the first barge was hauling what appears to be big rocks, the second appears to be hauling coal.

These next two shots get in closer to show details of what is being hauled. Some of that detail also looks a lot like snow!

I hear it is still coming down in many parts of Nashville and that folks out there are very ready for a break from the white stuff.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures of the boats. If you’d like to see more visit the following and let me know what you think. http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenwbrown/sets/72157623541811146/.

This is the first of what I plan on being a series of posts centering around a recent trip Linda and I made to Nashville, Tennessee. I took 333 pictures during my trip and will post some of them here to help tell each story. The rest will be posted to my Flickr account here.

Enjoy, Owen

Flight
The flight to Nashville was pleasant and might have been perfect had there not been such tremendous cloud cover the last 100 miles. Turbulence sucks.

Wednesday Afternoon
Dad picked us up at the airport and we went to a one of the seemingly hundreds of Mexican restaurants in town. The temp was cold and as we ate, looking out the big picture window from our booth, I had the pleasure of seeing snow for the first time in years.

Cheekwood
The next day Mom, Linda and I made a trip to this really unique place. Cheekwood is one of those places you hear a lot about but I would be surprised if many of you reading this have ever actually been. It’s quit a place. In fact, it’s history are “intimately interwoven” with that of Nashville. As it turns out, the Maxwell House coffee brand and the Cheeks, were one of the city’s early entrepreneurial families.

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These are pictures of Cheekwood as a 55 acre botanical garden and art museum sitting on what was once woodland in West Nashville. Then mansion was designed by New York residential and landscape architect, Bryant Fleming. However, there is a lot of classical art and a serious collection of Faberge (not that I would know much about that). In addition, the Frist Center on the Cheekwood campus also has a nice collection of modern art.