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Dave Spencer’s Favorites: Bass Pro Shops–Camping, Fishing, and Socks for Life

Photo by Dave Spencer

A month ago, when I was in Nashville helping my sister purchase jeans for my nephew at a previously unknown-to-me big and tall store, I did the unthinkable. I failed to steer my car toward Bass Pro Shops. I can’t let that happen again. Bass Pro Shops has been an anchor store at Opry Mills since it opened. It was also the first Opry Mills retailer to re-open following the May 2010 flood. Until last month, I had never missed a visit  to Bass Pro Shops while in Nashville. Even if I don’t end up buying anything, I have to go. I love the outdoors. And, while I don’t have the opportunities like I used to have, I do love to camp. For anyone who shares those interests, Bass Pro Shops is a must. I mean, you walk in, and it’s like rural Disney World. There’s a huge freshwater fish tank in the middle of the store.

Photo by Dave Spener

Merchandise includes boats, fishing equipment, camping gear of ALL kinds, furniture, home decor, clothing, toys, guns, barbecue sauces and marinades, you name it. And I may have left something off. Love this place. Where else can you get a pair of socks that come with a lifetime guarantee? While I was there I also picked up a coffee schooner. I bet I could get a whole pot in that thing. I mentioned furniture. They carry camouflage sofas and recliners. And it’s difficult to try one out and NOT fall asleep. What a great atmosphere and terrific staff, as well.

Photo by Dave Spencer

Oh and flying turkeys. When I looked up and saw them I couldn’t help but think of that hilarious Thanksgiving episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati” and the immortal line, “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” Anyway, while I was there I tried to figure out a way to just hang back and stay in the background–you know, just lay low until they lock the place up and shut off the lights. Yes, that’s right, I could spend the night there. Oh well, it is not meant to be. But the good news is, I can go back whenever I want. Bass Pro Shops has me hook, line, and sinker. And, yes, they sell those there, too.

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