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Published: November 29th 2018
You are reading that right. Not a typographical error. I speak the truth. We did experience a brief cold spell here when we actually turned on our furnace. Off went the air conditioner and on came the much needed warming furnace. Aaah, that was nice. But it wasn’t nine degrees!
We only had to travel down the pike a very short distance (around the block kind of) to find this very cold and freezing temperature. Located inside a huge, fancy, mammoth size building called The Gaylord Palms (Hotel & Convention Center) was a most delightful winter show called ICE! Sandy was eager to go but Sam said in forceful terms “No Way”! He hates the cold and hates being cold. This was the absolute last place he wanted to be. He stayed inside the warm hotel while we ventured onward into the show. I know some of you felt like Sam and stayed back. Your loss. The majority of you all joined in. Lulu was at the front of the line! Brave old gal, she is. This humongous ice display had a theme. This year it was “The Christmas Story”. Everything and I mean everything, was carved out of ice.
Only thing that wasn’t ice was the floor and the chains that protected the displays. What a sight to behold. When we first entered this magical Icetown, we were provided with long, very heavy coats..with hoods. Of course, they couldn’t find a size for Lulu that would fit. Maybe just the hood. I kept her close to me to keep her warm. Why do folks look at us so strangely? Why? I had my winter hat and mittens to help in our tundra plight. So many “Oooooo’s” and “Ahhhhhhh’s” as we danced our way along.....kind of like the jitterbug from the ‘50’s. We came upon a big ice slide. Sandy and I decided we would try it. Up the ice steps we went. Houston, I have a problem! As I watched Sandy athletically sit right down and speed off into the distance, I was still at the top stumbling and twisting and struggling to get down into a seated position. “This girl ain’t what she used to be”! The bones don’t bend with ease. I’m more like the frozen tin-man in the Wizard of Oz. Finally, I found a slide with 2 handrails, grabbed them and flung my legs straight
ICE: The Christmas Story
Lulu tried out the ice....brrrrrr
out in front of me. Boom..l was down. Now I had to work the long coat under my big behind. I’m exhausted. I almost threw Lulu down the slide without me. She has no problem getting down.....she’s already down! No bones. No body. One, two, three - Go! This is nice. I’m traveling along on the monster ice cake about as fast as a turtle would go. Not scared at all. Whoa there girl! All of sudden....whoosh! I was flying down the rest of the slide like a bat out of hell. Eeeek! Heeeelp! I’m not slowing up and the end is in sight. Plunk! I stop! It’s over and I’m still alive to tell this tale. But now for the next problem. How am I ever going to get up on my feet again? I thrash and struggle like a trapped orangutan in a net. Sandy spies my dilemma and comes to help. By now I have been able to fling myself over one side of the super high(that’s what I perceived) ice wall. I was hanging half into the neighboring slide. Not pretty at all. You could say I was certainly not posing for a glamour shot, that’s
for sure (see photo). Thank heavens, Cory wasn’t doing a video. Yikes! It was fun but as you can see, I struggled.
We continued along on this frozen trek. So much to see and take in...plus so many photo op’s. It was bearable in there but you could feel the nip in the air a lot. Even my IPad was cold. Lulu was shivering....no warm clothes to keep her toasty. I was amazed the hairs in my nose didn’t freeze. It was a constant nine degrees in here.
We exited into their Alpine Village. A gigantic gift shop! Sam was patiently waiting for us at the entrance. He said he felt cold just being in the hotel.....oh, if only he had been with us. Now that was cold!! Did you like it? Did you? Huh?
We took advantage of being inside this glamorous hotel. Opryland in Nashville is the same hotel...Gaylord Palms. You wish you were on a business expense when visiting here! Pricey!
As we strolled along looking at all the magnificent decor, Sandy heard about a circus-like show we could attend with complimentary seating. The race was on. We were escorted right to front
Lulu visits the house
The car is ready to go
row seats. Lulu had trouble deciding on her seat. Just like Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) finding “his spot”. The shows was most entertaining. The talent fantastic and the costumes radiant. What a great way to spend a day.
Time now to think about a midday meal. Where shall we go? Decisions, Decisions. We know! We went to Cheddar’s. A favorite restaurant of ours where the food is made from scratch. Our mouths were watering. I knew what I wanted. The name is too hard to say and spell. It was a dish of baked spaghetti but made like lasagna. To die for! Whaaaat? They took it off the menu! Whhhyyyy??
Noooooooo. Okay. I go with the guys and got a pot pie. Scrumptious, too. Sandy went for a steak.
Another fun adventure with our friends. That’s what makes it so much fun....cause we are with them. And with you, too. Hope it was as much fun for you as it was for us.
Tons of photos this time...39 of them. You know what that means. Scroll down as far as you can go following the text. This time there will be several pages to click onto
Ouch! My tongue!
to move ahead and see them all. Good luck and happy viewing!
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