Once again it was time for our Cooper family reunion at the Eagles Cove Resort on Dale Hollow Lake. We have this each year on the weekend following the Thanksgiving weekend. Valerie and I flew into Nashville where we were met by my sister and then spent the night with her before heading to Dale Hollow Lake.
Along with my three siblings, we arrive at the lake on Wednesday, spend Wednesday and Thursday together before the rest of the family arrives on Friday. In all we total 25, I think. I suppose you could call it habit or repetition, but we follow a similar menu format each year which simplifies the planning somewhat. It’s a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, food and love.
Our annual Cooper family group met, as we have for the past 10 years, at the Eagle Cove Resort on Dale Hollow Lake (pics) in North Central Tennessee. This year, Valerie and I incorporated the event into our road trip which began from Southern California on October 28, 2013. We arrived at the lake on December 4th having driven about 4,200 miles so far.
Lynchburg, Tennessee is home to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery (pics). Even though Jack Daniel’s is distributed around the world, every bit of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey is made here. The process used to distill Jack Daniel’s and to filter it through charcoal began here in 1866.
Even though I spent my first 21 years living just 100 miles north of Nashville (pics), this was my first time to visit there as a sightseer. We began our tour at the Tennessee State Capitol Building. Unfortunately, the building is closed on the weekend so we were not able to tour the inside.
We arrived in Memphis (pics), “River City”, to be met with a very brisk, very cold wind. We entered Memphis from the west so we crossed over the Interstate 40 bridge with a great view of the city skyline. We stopped into the Tennessee welcome center which is just at the bottom of the first exit after crossing the Mississippi River.