Thursday, August 20, 2015

Visiting the King's Mansion for Day 28

Waking up in Memphis on our 28th day of vacation, this was the view from our hotel. Not bad.

We were very near the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically killed.

We stopped by very early in the morining for some photos.

Such a tragic loss for our country.

Our next stop for this busy day was Graceland!

Such a cool place. It is crazy how they have kept it in such pristine condition all these years.

The only bedroom you get to see on the tour belonged to his mother.

Of course, they don't allow anyone upstairs.

If you know much about Elvis, you know he loved television. I believe he had at least one in every room.

Noah was impressed by all the mirrors. G wasn't particularly thrilled about visiting Graceland. After we left, he admitted he enjoyed it a lot more than he thought he would.

G has also decided that he needs his very own jungle room at our house. Complete with waterfall, and green shag carpet wall to wall, including the ceiling. I told him I would work on it.

I thought it was very interesting that Elvis only ever accepted one award in person. He had so many!

We also stopped to see Sun Studio. Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash all recorded there!

After leaving Memphis, we crossed over into Arkansas.

We then made our way to Missouri.

Our final destination for the day was Fantastic Caverns in Springfield.

We had discussed visiting some caverns in Texas back in the spring, but decided against it because of all the walking involved. We didn't think it would be something that G could do easily. Then he remembered hearing about Fantastic Caverns, and we decided to add it to our trip before heading home. It is the only cavern that you can drive through on this continent. 

Jack especially enjoyed it. I'd say it was right up there with the ferry ride we took to Seattle. He was grinning from ear to ear the entire time and could barely contain himself. I would highly recommend it if you are ever in the area.

Just before we got to Oklahoma, we took a little detour, just far enough to stop in Kansas. One more state added to the list! We drove in, took this photo and turned around. Technically it counts, right?

Here we not long after in Oklahoma, where we stayed the night.

Another great day together. We were very happy to be getting closer to home!

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