July 7, 2007
We spent the Fourth of July in Memphis, TN. The town was alive with lots of activities culminating in a AAA Minor League game later in the evening (of course followed by Fireworks). We began by touring the Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island. The Museum features a reconstructed full scale model of a Mississippi River Boat and a scale model of the Mississippi River (30" = 1 mile). The Mississippi River model is 5 blocks long! There is a very cool tram ride across the Mississippi onto Mud Island.
After the island, we took a trolly downtown to the Peabody Hotel for the time-honored tradition of marching the ducks from the fountain in the lobby to their evening roost on the roof of the hotel. The ducks march right along a red carpet from the fountain to the elevator where the duck caretaker leads them to their roost. It was a lot of fun to watch.
We closed out our day in Memphis with a delicious rib dinner on Beale Street. Beale Street is reminded me a lot of Bourbon Street in New Orleans except... 1) its smaller scale (really only 3 blocks long) and 2) you get ribs instead of gumbo.
We camped that night in Meeman-Shelby State Park (TN). The park lies along the Mississippi River but we didn't get to see the river 'cause the campsite was pretty far away; we didn't get there til late evening; and the mosquitos were out in force!
On July 5th, we visited Graceland and took the tour of Elvis's home. It was fascinating, but a little smaller than I had expected. It was cool to watch the girls reaction to the home. They never realized Elvis was such a superstar in his day. Graceland is a wonderful museum of Early 1970's opulence. We camped that evening at Lake Catherine State Park near Hot Springs, Arkansas.
The 6th of July was a travel day to Dallas, TX where we are spending the weekend with Lisa's Brother and his family (wife Marni and daughters Natalie and Abbie). We have missed them a lot since they moved from NJ in December.
Today, the girls are taking in a movie and the mall this afternoon. Brian and Mark are taking in a Orioles/Rangers game tonight. We have travelled over 1500 miles.