Stop 3: Hello Elvis

Memphis Travel Blog

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Memphis, what a city! So we really arrived the same night we were in St. Louis, but we didn’t really do much that night except arrive at Sarah’s grandparent’s house, where we were staying. But first…we left Missouri and went in to Arkansas on the way to Tennessee. The views in Arkansas were comparable to those in Missouri…lots of rocks. We also had to do a gas stop…and Arkansas has CHEAP gas! We were filling up in MN/IA at around $3.

05 a gallon…here it was as low as $2.46!!!! It was like heaven! Except for the fact that only a year ago…actually only a few MONTHS ago it was like only $2.00 a gallon. Needless to say, leaving Missouri didn’t get rid of the drivers…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 awhile…at which point it became such a nuisance that it was funny. So anyway, we eventually crossed over from Arkansas to Tennessee 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 me…so I had the camera ready to go…and then all of the sudden the mile markers restarted…like we passed the border but there was NO SIGN! And we were all confused…thinking it would show up a little bit down the road, but it never did so I put the video camera away…we were all bumming…and THEN…after I put it away….it shows up and they were all screaming “Meghan!!! The sign….get the camera it’s the sign!!” well…I knew that I wasn’t going to get it out in time so I just said, well, we’ll just have to have a still shot of this one. They weren’t happy with this though, and made fun of me for the rest of the trip…but what can I say? It just wasn’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 Sarah’s grandparent’s place, and they had two nice beds for us as well. They also had sandwiches and cake…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 great…then it happened…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 don’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 we’re like “Do you guys have a Sonic around here?” and oh yeah they do…all over the place! So this became a goal of our trip, as Emily said “You guys, I’ve been waiting 4 years for a cookie dough blast!” 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 Cohen’s “Walkin In Memphis” song…hit Beale Street, Union Avenue, Graceland…all that. Plus, Sarah’s grandparents invited us to go over to Sarah’s aunt’s place that afternoon for some food and NASCAR (oh you southerners and your NASCAR). First was Graceland…now I like Elvis as much as the next guy, but it’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 didn’t we? I mean you’ve gotta see it at least once. It was pretty cool, he had an interesting taste in decoration, and the house wasn’t as big as I had expected, but it was big for the times…plus the grounds were quite large. I liked the Jungle room the best…but who doesn’t? Anyway, the thing that bothered me the most is that they don’t let you go upstairs…and there were staircases to go upstairs EVERYWHERE, so it was like they rubbed it in your face every time you saw one.
Memphis
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 didn’t keep it the same out of his memory…they just drug the stuff downstairs and left the rooms up there empty…what a joke! Also, I didn’t get to see any horses… “don’t feed the horses” imaginary horses more like it! Actually, they were probably just smart and wanted to stay in the shade somewhere. The little cemetery was neat though…kind of cool that he’s buried at his own place. So after Graceland we headed to downtown Memphis and hit up Beale street and saw WC Handy’s tiny house.
Emily was really excited because she’s a music major and really knows her stuff. What we didn’t know was that Beale street is hoppin’ 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 Handy’s house and the music notes on the sidewalk. We also drove by Union Avenue and took a photo. Then we really didn’t know what to do with ourselves, so we drove around downtown a bit…and they had some cool buildings, but nothing really exciting…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.
The King
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 do…thankfully we had an invitation to go to Sarah’s aunt’s and chow on some comida and watch some cars drive around in a circle “Left…left!!” hehe. So we drove across town to find her aunt’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 it’s a yellow house with a black fence. So we’re on the street looking for something like 3145 and we look at the numbers and it goes from 3139 to 3147…there IS no 3145, so we say, well maybe we missed it, and turn around…well we do this about 3 times, and on the way pass the “Pink Palace” 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 is…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 Sarah’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 photo…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 grandparent’s for a bit…then FINALLY made our momentous Sonic run. Not only was it my first Sonic, but it was my first drive-in restaurant at all…so that was sweet. Anyway, it was a neat night, finally cooled off a bit…perfect weather…then we went back, played some cards, watched some SVU, and went to bed.

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Memphis
Memphis
The King
The King
Memphis Hard Rock
Memphis Hard Rock
He sure put on a few pounds...
He sure put on a few pounds...
2nd Gas-up
2nd Gas-up
Talk about cheaper!
Talk about cheaper!
Graceland
Graceland
Living Room
Living Room
Chandelier...the most well ever s…
Chandelier...the most we'll ever …
Dining Room
Dining Room
Kitchen
Kitchen
TV room
TV room
Pool room
Pool room
check out that cieling
check out that cieling
Jungle room
Jungle room
Elvis Tomb
Elvis' Tomb
Masked ticket seller on Beale
Masked ticket seller on Beale
Elvis Lives!
Elvis Lives!
WC Handy
WC Handy
107 degrees....yeah...thats hot.
107 degrees....yeah...that's hot.
I love these row houses
I love these row houses
Pink Palace
Pink Palace
Model A
Model A
Memphis
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