We drove off on the cold morning (21*F!!) and headed west to Hohenwald, TN for our next stop at a very special place.
As most might know, we have a soft spot for elephants and sponsor a young bull thru the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/
In Hohenwald there is a sanctuary for elephants who have been abused or are old and unwanted. It is a true refuge for them…over 2000 acres where they can wander about, spending their last days just being an elephant. http://www.elephants.com/index.php
As a refuge, there are no visitors to the sanctuary itself. However, they have a nice visitor education center in town, where you can learn about the overall issues of elephants in the United States.
Each elephant has her own special story…these are just a few.
They have programs for school children too.
The gift shop helps to raise funds for their care.
The elephant sanctuary has its own channel on YouTube. Here’s one of the many videos available to watch…
After spending over an hour at the visitor center, we headed back out to the Natchez Trace to head north towards the rest of the day’s stops.
The Trace is beautiful, with many stops such as this one with waterfalls. Cold, icy waterfalls on this day.
I had to stop at this point as my slick soled shoes were not the sort for navigating the ‘unimproved’ trail to the bottom. I handed the camera over to Himself and headed back to the truck.
Here are shots of the first waterfall. In the first photo you can see the deck I was standing on. He said that largest icicle was about 8 feet long!
The second fall was even more amazing. He said the ice ‘bubbles’ were average about the size of a tennis ball. And I have never seen ‘spikey’ icicles before!!
Didn’t he get some great shots?
Next stop: Leiper’s Fork for lunch at Puckett’s…
… then browsing in several art galleries. This dog belongs to the owner of one of the galleries. She had been seriously ‘dissed’ by a squirrel a few minutes earlier.
We spent the most of the afternoon looking thru the galleries, and made a quick stop to check out a new-to-me TJ Maxx before our final event of the day.
We had reservations at Whitfield’s for dinner. (Yes, another photo I didn’t take.) http://www.whitfieldsrestaurant.com/
If you want a delicious dinner in Nashville, I will highly recommend Whitfield’s. The dining room is cozy and comfortable without being crowed. And the food was fantastic! Himself had Chicken Saltimbocca (Pan Fried, prosciutto, mozzarella) over herbed linguini with a cremini mushroom pan sauce. I had Beeler Farms Pork Porterhouse: 12oz bone in porterhouse, sweet potato mash, sautéed collard greens with garlic and chives, with apple butter.
This wonderful meal ended our very full day, and we headed back home until our next adventure.
Yes, I have another ‘kidnapping’ planned up…