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Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Birthday, Triple D Experience, and a Hike


It felt good to get back on the road again after health and personal opportunities have tied us down a bit. Gerri and I took Stephen with us to Nashville to spend a week and see some sights and visit my mom, my brother and his wife Carollyn.




      Wednesday was Stephen’s birthday so we took him to the place of his choice for lunch. It was Martins Barbecue Joint…which also happens to be a Diners Drive-Ins and Dives restaurant. It is actually located in Nolensville, Tennessee which is about 8 miles south of Nashville. We each ordered something different so we could share the varieties offered at the restaurant. Stephen got the Red Neck Taco…pulled barbecue on top of a cornbread pancake with slaw and other spices and sauces on it. Gerri ordered the pulled barbecue platter and I had the beef brisket platter. Mom also had the pulled pork platter. Boy did we walk away full!

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       Later that afternoon, Gerri, Stephen and I went to Radnor Lake State Natural Area to walk around the lake on a really neat trail. Radnor Lake is an 85 acre lake surrounded by scenic areas and hiking trails.



There is a diversity of natural habitats and has some of the highest hills in the Nashville Basin. Several years ago, you could drive around the lake, but it is now closed to be a “natural” area full of hiking trails. Yesterday the weather was great for our hike through the trails and around the lake. It was a great way to walk of lunch and just a grand day!




We ended the day with a cake to conclude the birthday celebration.


Stephen prefers the decadent cake to the traditional birthday cake, so we got the Chocolate Lovers Delight cake from Publix. Man, was it good, rich and fattening…time for another hike today!


  1. Looks like a great place to eat, and what a place for a hike! :)

  2. OMG!!! That cake looks scrumptious! I love the Nashville area..and will write that Rib joint in our travel book..along with the Radnor Natural area...Thanks for the tour...and yes, it would be really good to get away for a week or two....enjoy!!

  3. Happy belated birthday to Stephen. It sounds like you didn things up right!

  4. Let me start with the cake first - decadent and delicious looking! I'd love a piece of that. Happy Birthday to Stephen.

    Beautiful photos of Radnor State Park, looks like a great place for a walk.

    All the lunches at Martin's BBQ Joint sounded pretty good too.

  5. Happy belated birthday to Stephen..the cake looks delicious!!! glad to hear that your are on a road trip!!..enjoy your time in Nashville!!

  6. What a fun day, great food, super area for your hike, and ending with that cake - wow - was it as good as it looks? Stephen looks pretty happy with it! :)

  7. So glad you're enjoying your trip. Happy birthday to Stephen.


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