Today we began with a short clean-up at Schutes Branch Recreation Area on Old Hickory Lake in Mt. Juliet, Scenic Tennessee's home base. The area is supervised by the Army Corps of Engineers which oversees a whopping 40 water recreations areas in the state. These areas are usually exquisitely maintained by the Corps, have excellent campgrounds and are generally a tremendous resource for travelers on a budget wanting to enjoy the great outdoors. Between our state parks system, our national parks, our state and national forests, TVA recreation areas and the Army Corps recreation areas, our state is truly blessed with a bountiful array of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Inclement weather abbreviated the litter clean-up today, but an excellent local inmate crew from the Wilson County Sheriff's department still managed to collect a lot of trash. In this case, the litter was mostly along the shoreline of the lake and among the guilty parties were fishermen, as many of the items were plastic night crawlers containers, fishing line and pieces of styrofoam coolers. One would expect fishermen to be better stewards of the environment! Also dis-heartening was the large percentage of recyclable materials that were found, aluminum in particular, which is the most valuable recyclable commodity.
Later on in Nashville, we journeyed to Fond Object, a vintage record store in East Nashville. They have a great backyard space and there we filmed the all-girl garage rock band Churchyard. East Nashville reminds me of Atlanta's Little Five Points with its young, energetic, artsy scene.
It is a stark contrast to the cowboy hat and boots country music scene that I have always envisioned dominates Nashville culture. That is probably a naïve view I have of the city, having only visited sporadically over the years. I will say, however, each time I visit Nashville I am more impressed with its diversity. Having lived in some major cities during my life including Miami, LA and Washington DC, Nashville certainly has all the hallmarks of a big city, but seemingly without as many of the big city issues plaguing other cities. If I ever decided to re-locate back to a major city, Nashville would be high on my list.