Friday, July 27, 2012

Tennessee Travel Pt. 2

As I mentioned in the previous post also known as Tennessee Travel Pt. 1, our first stop on our Tennessee road trip was Memphis.  We loved it, we left it, we went on to Nashville.  Nashville was a nice city as well, as much as we saw of it.  We focused our attention on the Hermitage.  That is the home of Andrew Jackson, our 7th President of these United States.  He lived there from 1804 to 1845.  Yeah you know him from the 20 dollar bill. 

The Hermitage is a beautiful estate that lies on 1,000 acres of land.  It has been beautifully restored as a museum today. 

Photography was not allowed in the house so I have mostly images of the grounds.  Here is my sister at the front door.   

Here is the back porch.

And here is the back of the house...and my sister again. 

Jackson owned 40 slaves.  This is one of the cabins that housed two separate families. 

We were just amazed at how huge the magnolia trees grew here.  Just gorgeous!

When we left the Hermitage, we headed to Rogersville, TN.  Population 4,427.  Here is their cute quaint downtown.

My uncle has 55 acres of land in Rogersville, and it is simply beautiful.  This is his house...

and land.  C'est magnifique!

We did a little exploring, here is my granny. 

Rogersville, TN has one of the biggest 4th of July celebrations in the state of Tennessee.  The celebration starts in the morning with live music and vendors in the park and ends with a huge fire works spectacle.  We had the best seats in the park!

The next day we left Rogersville, and headed way of Birmingham, AL.  We stayed at a cute bed and breakfast and on the way out of town stopped by to see the 16th Street Baptist Church and pay homage to the 4 young girls that were killed in the bombing in 1963.  It was pretty amazing to see some of the historic sites of the fight for Civil Rights along the way. 

Here is a marker of the actual location where the bomb was placed.  Heartbreaking. 

After Birmingham, we headed to Texas...and home.

It was a great adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed the time with the family.  Can't wait for the next adventure...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tennessee Travel - Pt. 1

I have to admit that when I hear Tennessee, I think of this song from way back when...

but this post isn't about Arrested Development but about our recent trip to Tennessee over the 4th of July holiday.  I am finally getting around to sharing the highlights after going through about 800 or so photos.  Devin and I met my mom, sister, and grandmother for a road trip to Rogersville, TN to visit family.  We were fully prepared for the adventure ahead of us. 

Our first stop was in Dallas, TX where we met up with the "crew" and headed northeast to Little Rock, AR. 

We had plans to stop in Little Rock to eat and sight see a little but we didn't get to see anything other than stuff from the freeway.  We were already a little behind schedule if we wanted to get to Memphis, TN in time to do anything.  So we voted for full speed ahead to Memphis. 

We spent one night in Memphis at the Hilton.  We were only a few that were not part of an event going on in the city including, various family reunions, sports tournaments, and the Miss Plus America pageant.  

After enjoying the sights at the hotel and the pool the evening we got there, we hit the hay in anticipation of seeing the sites in Memphis the next morning.  First on the agenda, agreed to by vote, was the Memphis Mojo Music tour.  It was a sing along tour that toured us around town to all the major music sites by bus. 

The tour actually started from the famous Beale Street, so we had some time to check it out also. 

We had a great time on the tour and it was a nice way to see lots of Memphis under our time constraint.  My granny had such a great time and was just singing along like crazy!  That is her with the cute red bow in her hair next to my mom.  Way to keep the party going in the back ladies!

On the tour we saw Sun Studios where Elvis amongst many others recorded...

and the Staxx Recording Studio where people like Otis Redding recorded. 

There were also various non music related historical sites on the tour, including the hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.  It is now a part of the National Civil Rights Museum.  It stirs a mixture of feelings visiting these places, kind of like visiting Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where President Kennedy was assassinated. 

After our tour, we went to the famed Peabody Hotel and saw the marching of the ducks.  It is kind of a big deal to see these five ducks that have been trained to swim in the hotel fountain, retire for the day and travel up an elevator to their fancy living quarters atop the hotel.  We enjoyed the ducks, the beautiful hotel, and maybe the air conditioning the most. 

The last piece of Memphis we saw on the way out of town was Graceland.  My sister was out voted so we didn't actually go inside the gates of Graceland but we did at least get to see it from the street. 

We had a GREAT time in Memphis and would like to go back sometime and spend a little more time. 

Next stop Nashville, TN....stay tuned! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guess What??

We are elated, excited, and nervous all at the same time!  I have to admit that I'm still a little bit in shock also.  Let the planning begin!  I can't wait to do the nursery...
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