Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Break Part 1

We have had a wonderful Spring Break and thankfully it is still going on!  Matt had to be out of town for a meeting for part of the week but we still wanted to do something fun.  We have pretty much exhausted most of the places about 2-3 hours away (Birmingham, Nashville, Atlanta, etc.).  I did some research and decided a trip to Memphis might be fun.  So on Saturday we packed up and headed out for a few days of fun.  
 First stop on the way into town was Gus's Famous Fried Chicken.  It was really good and a great way to kick off the trip.
Then we headed over to Graceland!  Ben read an Elvis biography a few months ago and has been really interested in Elvis since then.  
 Can I just say it was a bit crazy.  There were so many people (like more than Disney not to mention how expensive it was) and we had to wait a long time in line but finally made it to the mansion.
It is not all that impressive looking from the outside.  Just a big house built in the 1930's.  
 We each had our own ipad that we got to watch/listen to a self guided tour.  It was really neat because the kids got to interact and learn a lot along the way.
The house is stuck in the 70's which makes it really fun to look at - carpet on the ceiling and crazy wallpaper on the walls.  It was like a time capsule.  
 The famous jungle room was really crazy!
 We got to tour all of the grounds including getting to meet all of the horses.
 There were lots of gold records and other Elvis memorabilia to check out.  

 We also got to see some of the many cars that Elvis owned.  Even though it was crazy (and we were there with every redneck in the U.S.) it was still fun and the kids really enjoyed the adventure.  We can check that experience off the list!
 We finished up the day with some Memphis BBQ.  You can't go to Memphis and not have BBQ.  We actually ran into one of Ben's buddies from school at the restaurant which was really neat.  It was a super yummy dinner!
It was a great first day of our getaway.  More to come...