Memphis, what a city! So we really arrived the same night we were in St. Louis, but we didnâ€™t really do much that night except arrive at Sarahâ€™s grandparentâ€™s house, where we were staying. But firstâ€¦we left Missouri and went in to Arkansas on the way to Tennessee. The views in Arkansas were comparable to those in Missouriâ€¦lots of rocks. We also had to do a gas stopâ€¦and Arkansas has CHEAP gas! We were filling up in MN/IA at around $3.
05 a gallonâ€¦here it was as low as $2.46!!!! It was like heaven! Except for the fact that only a year agoâ€¦actually only a few MONTHS ago it was like only $2.00 a gallon. Needless to say, leaving Missouri
didnâ€™t get rid of the driversâ€¦there were at least 6 different cars from Missouri
who made our driving all the way to Memphis
just as annoying as when we were in the state. Good thing we had other fun things to occupy us until whoever was driving had to exasperate their fury every once in awhileâ€¦at which point it became such a nuisance that it was funny. So anyway, we eventually crossed over from Arkansas
right, and we can judge how close we are by the mile markers on the side of the road.
Sonic! For those of you with Sonics all over the place, you have to understand that we have no Sonics in Minnesota, yet we get commercials for things like the Cookie Dough Blast on TV all the time. We waited 4 1/2 years to get one of those...
Well, whoever is in the passenger seat is supposed to video tape the Welcome to _______ state sign. So on the way into Tennessee
it was meâ€¦so I had the camera ready to goâ€¦and then all of the sudden the mile markers restartedâ€¦like we passed the border but there was NO SIGN! And we were all confusedâ€¦thinking it would show up a little bit down the road, but it never did so I put the video camera awayâ€¦we were all bummingâ€¦and THENâ€¦after I put it awayâ€¦.it shows up and they were all screaming â€śMeghan!!! The signâ€¦.get the camera itâ€™s the sign!!â€ť wellâ€¦I knew that I wasnâ€™t going to get it out in time so I just said, well, weâ€™ll just have to have a still shot of this one. They werenâ€™t happy with this though, and made fun of me for the rest of the tripâ€¦but what can I say? It just wasnâ€™t gonna happen! Later the next day we drove around back to what we thought was the same bridge to get it on video, but it was still really complicated.
..though we did manage to finally get it on film. So after this we made it to Sarahâ€™s grandparentâ€™s place, and they had two nice beds for us as well. They also had sandwiches and cakeâ€¦which was nice too J
. It was funny because they were watching an SVU marathon, and Emily and I really like SVU, so it was greatâ€¦then it happenedâ€¦a Sonic commercial came on! Now, for those of you not from Minnesota
, let me tell you, that we get Sonic commercials ALL THE TIME, for those cherry freezes, cookie dough blasts, the whole works. What we donâ€™t have is an actual Sonic to go and purchase these lovely delicacies. So, we see this Sonic commercial and Emily and I flip out, and weâ€™re like â€śDo you guys have a Sonic around here?â€ť and oh yeah they doâ€¦all over the place! So this became a goal of our trip, as Emily said â€śYou guys, Iâ€™ve been waiting 4 years for a cookie dough blast!â€ť Some individuals were too tired to go that night though, so we saved the trip for the next evening.
My favorite movie poster...makes me laugh
So, the plan for the day was to do pretty much everything in Marc Cohenâ€™s â€śWalkin In Memphisâ€ť songâ€¦hit Beale Street, Union Avenue, Gracelandâ€¦all that. Plus, Sarahâ€™s grandparents invited us to go over to Sarahâ€™s auntâ€™s place that afternoon for some food and NASCAR (oh you southerners and your NASCAR). First was Graceland
â€¦now I like Elvis as much as the next guy, but itâ€™s a total rip-off what you have to pay to see his house!! Even with a student discount. Not that it matters really, because we paid it didnâ€™t we? I mean youâ€™ve gotta see it at least once. It was pretty cool, he had an interesting taste in decoration, and the house wasnâ€™t as big as I had expected, but it was big for the timesâ€¦plus the grounds were quite large. I liked the Jungle room the bestâ€¦but who doesnâ€™t? Anyway, the thing that bothered me the most is that they donâ€™t let you go upstairsâ€¦and there were staircases to go upstairs EVERYWHERE, so it was like they rubbed it in your face every time you saw one.
Their excuse was that the upstairs was always a private place for Elvis so they want to keep it private in memory of him. However, once you get to the middle of the tour there is his bed from his room, and some of the stuff from upstairs. So REALLY they didnâ€™t keep it the same out of his memoryâ€¦they just drug the stuff downstairs and left the rooms up there emptyâ€¦what a joke! Also, I didnâ€™t get to see any horsesâ€¦ â€śdonâ€™t feed the horsesâ€ť imaginary horses more like it! Actually, they were probably just smart and wanted to stay in the shade somewhere. The little cemetery was neat thoughâ€¦kind of cool that heâ€™s buried at his own place. So after Graceland we headed to downtown Memphis
and hit up Beale street
and saw WC Handyâ€™s tiny house.
Emily was really excited because sheâ€™s a music major and really knows her stuff. What we didnâ€™t know was that Beale street
is hoppinâ€™ at night, and weirdoes like us are the only ones who actually come during the day to see things like the Hard Rock and WC Handyâ€™s house and the music notes on the sidewalk. We also drove by Union Avenue
and took a photo. Then we really didnâ€™t know what to do with ourselves, so we drove around downtown a bitâ€¦and they had some cool buildings, but nothing really excitingâ€¦in fact I kind of like Minneapolis
better. But we did want to see the big Pyramid close up. So we find our way over there, and Lauren is driving and to get down there you have to drive through these gates, which were open and no one was charging anything because nothing was happening there, but Lauren thought it was sketch and drove away.
So we hit up the Tourist center up the road, Lauren took a picture by the mosaic egg and we convinced her to go back down to the pyramid, which she finally did this time. Then we were REALLY at a loss of what to doâ€¦thankfully we had an invitation to go to Sarahâ€™s auntâ€™s and chow on some comida and watch some cars drive around in a circle â€śLeftâ€¦left!!â€ť hehe. So we drove across town to find her auntâ€™s house. Now, mind you, her grandfather got us the mapquest directions and told us the address. So, we get to her part of town, and they say itâ€™s a yellow house with a black fence. So weâ€™re on the street looking for something like 3145 and we look at the numbers and it goes from 3139 to 3147â€¦there IS no 3145, so we say, well maybe we missed it, and turn aroundâ€¦well we do this about 3 times, and on the way pass the â€śPink Palaceâ€ť made entirely out of pink marble for the owner of the piggly-wiggly grocery stores and took a picture.
Memphis Hard Rock
So then Sarah decides to call her grandfather and ask what the deal isâ€¦well he gave her the wrong house number!! So we get the right one, find the house straight away and there we are. LOL! Oh what a treat. So Sarahâ€™s aunt made REALLY good food, which I have photos of, and we got to see this really old car her uncle and grandfather refurbished together (no photoâ€¦sorry). We also met her pregnant cousin and her British husband (who I got to chat with for a bit about Durham
) and we watched a little NASCAR. Later we left and chilled at her grandparentâ€™s for a bitâ€¦then FINALLY made our momentous Sonic run. Not only was it my first Sonic, but it was my first drive-in restaurant at allâ€¦so that was sweet. Anyway, it was a neat night, finally cooled off a bitâ€¦perfect weatherâ€¦then we went back, played some cards, watched some SVU, and went to bed.