Wednesday, August 10, 2005

day 19; mile 002384

originally uploaded by nclinton.
breakfast at the waffle house was tasty but uncomfortable. nate's "long" hair drew a lot of attention as did our painted bus. or perhaps it was my arabic tshirt that disrupted what otherwise might've been a hooah military morning. you see, we were just down the road from fort campbell. and we were indeed the only ones at waffle house not wearing camouflage.

much to my relief we left quickly - didn't even finish our tea! - and headed into clarksville to stop at at my old favorite coffeehouse...but it was gone and there was a hooters there instead. *sigh* but wait! nate spotted it. it'd moved down the road to a less visible area, presumably because being waited on by a large pair of breasts is more important than quality espresso.

seeking higher culture, we drove to nashville and visited the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Gallery of Art, the estate of the man who founded Maxwell House Coffee. we talked our way into paying half admission and spend the afternoon wandering the different gardens - herb, japanese, water, terrace, dogwood, color. there were lots of mazes too, and a stream running along the estate. the museum was excellent - a gorgeous vintage Steinway grand piano really caught our attention. there was also an interesting sitting room for resting. nate photographed a butterfly - does anyone know what kind it is?

we got on the road to memphis (hey isn't that a paul simon song?) but it was so hot i couldn't stand it, so we played cards at the mall till the sun surrendered. now we're traveling again. the night air is tolerable, even pleasant, a relief after today's sweltering sunny afternoon. it's 11:30pm and we show no signs of stopping.


oh, just in case you didn't know, click on a photo to view it. that will take you to our photos page, and you can scroll through the rest. today's photos include a sphinx, a giant statue of superman, and the toes of a statue of a child dragging a dead rabbit.


Anonymous N said...

J and I think it is an Eastern Black Swallowtail, but we are unsure because we can't see the top of the wing. Black Swallowtails feed on phlox as in the picture (which is just beautiful, N!)

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to go with a female Eastern Black Swallowtail, and I believe thats Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) it's feeding on, but I don't know that part of the country well so it could be anything really (the flowers do seem atypically pale). But I must admit I didn't know black swallowtails were particular to phlox.


4:39 PM  

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