Friday, November 28, 2014

Peabody Hotel

The very last of my Memphis recaps end with the Peabody Hotel and the march of the ducks!
Here is the history of the ducks, but basically, there is a handful of ducks that swim in the lobby fountain every day, and they march in a line to the elevator up to their little duck home every evening.

As you can expect, this draws a pretty big crowd!  We just barely made it in time after touring three museums!
Even the elevator doors were gorgeous!
Now for the roof.
The building above?  It's literally a duck castle on top of the hotel!

Look at the mini Peabody Hotel for the ducks!
Duck habitat!
The roof also has an amazing view!  We got there just in time for the sun set!

And that's a wrap for our trip to New Orleans and Memphis!!  We're currently in Idaho with Tim's family; hope you're having a nice Black Friday!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we're in Twin Falls, Idaho, spending Thanksgiving with Tim's extended family!  This is my first major holiday away from my family, which is definitely a bummer, but I'm excited about having a new adventure this year!
Last year was a great Thanksgiving!

I only get to see my brother 2-3 times a year at most nowadays, and Thanksgiving is always a nice big chunk of time!

My mom and I got our crafting spirit going and made these ornament wreaths!  I'd like to point out that the one on the right is my mom's handiwork, not mine....
And of course, puppy pics!!!
^ This is probably my all time favorite photo of Mia.  Look at that face!!!!
This was the first time that my brother met Mia! She looooved him and kept following him around and snuggling with him during movies.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Hope you're all having a great time with your families!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

National Civil Rights Museum

While we're driving twelve hours on our way to Thanksgiving, I'll be reminiscing about our last road trip from the big easy to the home of the blues!  After a busy day going to Graceland and then Sun Studio, there was still one museum I was dying to see, the National Civil Rights Museum!
The museum was amazing.  It really felt like they did a really great job honoring all those people who suffered throughout the years. 
I won't say much; I think the photos speak for themselves.  We had just over two hours in the museum and I only got through half the museum reading every single item.  We have to quickly scan and walk through the rest.  The layout of the museum starts during the time when slaves were first being brought over to America and presents a timeliness all the way to present day about the struggle with racism and equality that's still being fought. 

The museum is located within the Lorraine Motel, where Dr Martin Luther King Jr was shot.  The room he stayed in is preserved.  You can also go across the street and see where James Earl Ray shot him from. 

The viewpoint of the shooter (Dr King's room is the one with the wreath on the bannister):

The National Civil Rights Museum was amazing.  Well researched, well executed, and amazingly detailed and rich with history.  We loved all three exhibits we went to in Memphis, and the Civil Rights Museum was the most educational by far. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sun Studios!

OK, as much as I loved Graceland (could you tell?), Sun Studio was #1!!!  
The hour long tour was so fascinating!  Our tour guide was obviously enthusiastic about the studio and well versed in it's historical significance.  She was a true fan of the music!

Their original ad from the paper!

Lots of Elvis memorabilia!

Memphis the Musical (so good!) was loosely based on the life of DJ Dewey Phillips.  The building that contained his original broadcasting booth was being torn down recently, and Sun Studio was able to bring it into their museum!
The first record of Elvis's that was played on national radio from Dewey Phillips's  booth, signed:
Now this room is awesome!  This is literally the room where so many great stars got started!  Elvis, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and so many others recorded here!
While this room has been rented out to many various businesses over the years, it's never once been remodeled and it's still got all the essence of the great blues artists from the 60s. 
This X marks the spot...exactly where Elvis recorded his first song!!! Ahhhh!

And this, ladies and the microphone that Elvis recorded on!!!!

Million Dollar Quartet!  You've probably heard the recordings that were released in 1990, or seen the musical.  Happened right here!  Amazing!!

You absolutely must check out Sun Studio if you're in the area!!! It's amazing!!!!!