Saturday, August 4, 2012

Memphis


We were in Memphis for less than 24 hours, but it was BIG fun!  We pulled into Graceland RV Park on Elvis Presley Blvd. around 4:30 P.M.  The nice lady who checked us into the park also told us about Marlowe's Ribs, just down the street.  She said they have been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and other shows on the Food Channel, and - get this - because we were staying at the Graceland RV Park, they would send a pink Cadillac Limo to pick us up - for free!

Folks, we were tired, and hot and had planned on eating sandwiches in the 5th wheel, then collapsing.  But who could turn down a free ride in a pink Cadillac on Elvis Presley Blvd.  The driver picked us up at 5:30, we shared a plate of brisket and ribs at the restaurant, then he delivered us back to our trailer by 7:00.  Then we collapsed.  The BBQ was probably wonderful by Tennessee standards, but it wasn't the way we do it back home.  Not bad, though.

The next day we woke up to …. rain!  Wonderful, blessed, coool rain.  It slowed down enough for us to walk over to the Graceland ticket center (conveniently located next door to the RV Park), where we bought our tickets, then boarded a bus to cross the street to Graceland.

Graceland was everything I ever heard.  Beautiful house and grounds.  The house doesn't seem very large from the outside, or even when you first walk in.  The upstairs isn't open to the public.  But we did get to see the tv room and the pool room in the basement.  And Vernon's office out back.  And the huge racquetball building, which includes a wet bar, a piano room (where they said Elvis played gospel music with friends on the morning he died) and a huge trophy room.  Then there was another building with all kinds of awards, and gold records, and memorabilia. 

We also got to see the family cemetary plot, but we didn't linger there. 




After a quick lunch back in the trailer, we headed to Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis' birthplace.  We didn't know we would be coming here, but it's on the way to our next destination.  And I know Tim is tired of driving, so here we are at Tombigbee State Park.  We'll do a little exploring around here this afternoon, then head east again tomorrow.  We don't have a good wifi connection here, so I will have to post this when we go into town.

 The next picture is the piano room in the raquetball building.

T
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