Alumni Weekend and Back in Nashville

Current Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

On Friday, we headed to downtown Lexington in the morning to do a little shopping. We stopped by Magpie Yarn, Val’s favorite yarn shop, but it wasn’t open for almost another hour. So, we headed downtown to the Failte Irish shop we like and it, too, wasn’t open yet. There was only one thing left to do – head to the donut shop for breakfast.

Once our appetite was satisfied, we headed back downtown and did some browsing in the Irish shop. Val picked up a box of tea. From there, back to the yarn shop to do some shopping.

Yarn

Yarn

After our shopping spree, we headed to Keeneland race track to watch the horses run. We ate lunch there and stayed for several races, but primarily watched from inside. The weather was very chilly (50’s) and windy. It was a fun trip, though. After Keeneland, we ate dinner at one of Malcolm’s favorites – Columbia’s Steak House.

Watching the horses at Keeneland

Watching the horses at Keeneland

Keeneland Selfie

Keeneland Selfie

The outrider horses waiting in the tunnel

The outrider horses waiting in the tunnel

Heading to the track for a race

Heading to the track for a race

On Saturday, we headed into Lexington for Alumni Day at Transylvania University – Malcolm’s alma mater. We signed in and got our name tags, then took a campus tour (in the rain). After the campus tour, we went to the convocation for the event, then headed down to the bookstore to browse and pick up a couple stickers (for the truck and the trailer). We also ate lunch at the school cafeteria (not too bad).

Campus tour

Campus tour

Since we didn’t have much more to do at the school until after 5:00, we headed down to Lexington Green mall and browsed a few stores, then ran into Fayette Mall to grab another UK sticker (since we needed one for the new trailer). We then headed back up towards the area of the school and stopped by to visit a small mobile shop that Malcolm follows on Instagram.

Small Room Collective

Small Room Collective

The Small Room Collective folks travel around the country with an eclectic assortment of goods for sale (mostly handmade by various artists around the country). They display them all in a vintage 1963 Airstream trailer (named Bob Mapplethorpe). We had a great time catching up with them, chatting about life on the road and petting their dog George. We also bought a few items (some are gifts, so we can’t be too specific). It was a fun meetup.

Back to Transylvania and we headed to the reception for all the classes. They took class photos of each class in attendance (the various 5’s and 10’s) and we all snacked on finger foods and drinks from the cash bar.

30 years, huh?

30 years, huh?

Class of 1985 attendees

Class of 1985 attendees

After the reception, the class of 1985 met at the home of one of the classmates for food, drinks and fun. We stayed for a while but had to run before it got too late since we had to be up this morning to head out towards Nashville. We gave out our “business” card to a few classmates and promised to catch up on Facebook. One of Malcolm’s classmates was already friends with him on Facebook as she was from Russell, KY and took dance from Malcolm’s Mom.

This morning as we were preparing to leave Georgetown, Val ran across an interesting find on one of our tires – a bird’s nest. Fortunately it was empty (no eggs), so we removed it and put it on the ground.

Bird nest

Bird nest

We finished packing up and headed out from Georgetown for a quiet and uneventful drive to Nashville. Once set up in Nashville, we headed to Pie Five Pizza for a late lunch, then over to Costco for a couple items. We headed back to pick up a rental car and then back to the trailer. We also had an evening treat at Baskin-Robbins.

While looking at our logged miles, Malcolm realized that we passed a milestone on the way into Nashville this afternoon – 50,000 travel miles (miles with trailer in tow).

Milestone!

Milestone!

We dug out the license plate game today – 24 of 51 states found.

License Plates

License Plates

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