Days 56-57: Walking in Memphis

January 13, 2012

On the Road, Pets & Animals

The drive from Arkansas to Memphis was uneventful. At sundown, we settled into T.O. Fuller State Park.

In the morning, we visited Graceland. I’ve never been a huge Elvis fan but it was fascinating nevertheless. What struck me was his charisma and charm not only in his Hollywood movies but in his home movies. What a playful force of nature. Not sure why I never noticed it before but this was the first time I saw the soul behind the icon. It was the first time I saw the playful boyish grin that won hearts the world over. His house was decorated for Christmas with his original decorations. It’s strange place…a mixture of homeyness, hoopla, museum, and shrine.

In stark contrast to the commercialization and glitz of Elvis, we walked in the rain along the concrete shore where the Wolf River and Mississippi rivers merge. It was here where Jeff Buckely, an artist less famous although no less talented, drew his last breaths before being swallowed by the river’s current. It’s a spot Brent had been wanting to visit for years. I lingered back so Brent could walk ahead of me to spend time in his own thoughts. Brent introduced me to Jeff Buckley. In our 13 years together, his hauntingly beautiful voice has been a part of many our memories. If you have never listened to Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah you must. It’s an amazing song (It was a sad day when I heard such a beautiful song had been forever attached to an ogre.) on it’s own but no one sings it like Jeff Buckley.

Beale Street

We ended our day in Memphis with a warm drink at the Peabody Hotel where everyday at 11 am and 5:o0 pm the famous Peabody ducks, lead by the “duck master”, waddle down a red carpet like celebrities as they have been since 1933.

Oh humans…what strange creatures we are!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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I'm Jenn and I'm so happy you stopped by our little corner of the web. My favorite moments are cuddling with my boys, listening to the purrs of my cat, and sipping warm cups of tea. The smell of orange blossoms conjures up delightful memories of childhood even though I grew up in Indiana hundreds of miles from citrus groves. I love animals and when I'm stressed I dream of owning a goat farm. I love art, road trips, books, and food. Vintage clothes make me ridiculously happy. Red lipstick is my friend.

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10 Responses to “Days 56-57: Walking in Memphis”

  1. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) Says:

    I think it’s impossible to write a blog post about visiting Memphis and *not* use that title — because I did the same thing. ;)

    Looks like a great visit. Everyone says that even if you’re not a huge Elvis fan, Graceland is worth visiting. Love the pics.

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    • jennincat Says:

      Ha ha! Yeah, I went back and forth on “Walking in Memphis”. It seems so cliche but so fitting! Glad you thought so too!!!

      I wish we have seen the Cival Rights Museum like you did. We just didn’t have enough time. Next time…

      (PS – I’m embarrassingly slow at replying to comments!)

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  2. Tricia(Geeky Explorers) Says:

    We were just in memphis not too long ago & I forgot that Jeff Buckley died there – his voice his truly magical. We decided to bypass Graceland but I am glad you didn’t – thanks for the pics!

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    • jennincat Says:

      I think we would have bypassed Graceland has we not found 50% off tickets online. I would have been a little disappointed had we paid full price. It was interested but certainly not “amazing”. :-) So happy to hear you find Jeff Buckley’s voice magical too!

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  3. Missy Says:

    It’s so strange to see all of these sites that I’m so familiar with on a blog post! I love the Peabody and Beale Street. And been over that I-40 bridge many times. Glad y’all had a good time – wish you had gotten to eat at the Rendevous for their famous ribs/BBQ!

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  4. kimmomof4 Says:

    Your trip sounds adventurous. What a life event. About the song, Hallelujah I like that song too. My son’s girlfriend does a pretty good job of it, I have to brag, go ahead check it out. At Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1723788891327

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  5. Mariza Says:

    How fun! you are really going all over the place! Keep posting!

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  6. Andrea@WellnessNotes Says:

    I always love seeing parts of your trip here… :)

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