Anniversary Season: Road Trip Day Two – Memphis

Day two of our road trip took us to Tennessee, where 6 months earlier I had the privelege of attending the Bonnarroo Music Festival, to see such great acts as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Ben Folds, Jack Johnson, BB King, Chris Rock and a whole lot more.

This time around we went straight to Memphis, specifically for the purpose of seeing the famous Graceland, where Elvis and his family lived (and also where he died, but we won’t talk about that).

The house was pretty impressive, most if not all of the rooms were kept just how they were when he was still living (cleaned up a bit I’m sure). The back shed was converted into a shrine of sorts – all of his gold and platinum records, memorabilia, his vegas outfits, the works.

In the back, there was another sort of shrine – the gravesites of him and his immediate family.

Graceland

The Priestly Family laid to rest

Elvis’ countless fans have sent flowers to Graceland over the years, for this precise purpose. In fact, we had only missed his birthday by a couple weeks. I’m sure it would have been a much crazier and somber scene at Graceland if we had been there at that time.

After taking in all Graceland had to offer, we explored downtown Memphis a bit. We had dinner at BB King’s Blues Club on the famous Beale St. Great Memphis BBQ and some great live blues acts performing right in front of us on the stage. And we got a couple of huge tall boy pint glasses to boot.

That’s it for day two, check in tomorrow for day three, where we stop through Little Rock, Arkansas.

Previous Days:

Road Trip Begins

Anniversary Season: The Cross-Country Roadtrip Begins

A year ago today, my father and I set out on our cross-country road trip from Boston to Los Angeles. We filled up the brand new 2009 Hybrid Civic, loaded up some tunes and comedy albums, said goodbye to the family and kittens and headed on our way.

While I made it my duty to take pictures throughout, I neglected to take any pictures on this first day. Not even a “before” picture of the car, still relatively clean from only being driven two weeks. (You’ll see the “after” pictures in a week).

Throughout the week, I’ll be posting my favorite pictures from each day of the trip. Today we went through the northeast – Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, then finally landing in Roanoke, VA. (Not unlike the European Settlers 500 years ago…actually quite unlike those settlers.)

Tomorrow, I’ll start with a picture from our second day of the trip, which included various places in Tennessee.

I’ll finish off the week with a retrospective blog post about the trip, and touching on the past year of my life. Hope you all read and enjoy them.

Day Two – Memphis, Tennessee

Day Three – Little Rock, Arkansas

Day Four – Lubbock, Texas

Day Five – Sante Fe, New Mexico

Day Six – Grand Canyon, Arizona

Day Seven – Las Vegas/Hoover Dam