24 June 2008

Walkin' in Memphis

This past weekend I took a little overnight trip to Memphis with four of the ladies who work with me in the youth department at church. It was strictly all play and no work! It's been a long time since I've done anything like that. Since none of us had ever really spent any time in Memphis before, we were totally the dorky tourists. It was quite funny! First off, we hit Beale Street which is famous for its jazz music.

at Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street (I'm in pink)

We had fun checking out the rock star stuff at HRC and then strolling down the street a little. It was mostly just a lot of free-flowing beer (which is not my scene at all) and some trashy tourists shops. There was some great live music going in lots of little spots though and some cool music history. But when we saw the horse and carriage rides, we had to do that. It was so much fun! Our driver took us all over the downtown area for some great sights. Along with some awesome historical sights we even saw the building that Tom Cruise jumped out of in The Firm. We ended the evening looking like drowned rats though as we got caught in a downpour just after our sightseeing tour. The next morning I was somehow coerced into going to Graceland (a place I've never had any interest in). I consented since we weren't actually going inside--just up to the gates for some photo opps. Of course, I had to have my moment at the gates of Graceland, too.

Rockin' with Elvis at Graceland

And then I had to ham it up with Elvis at the souvenir shop.

You ain't nothin' but a hound dawg, baby!!

One of our requirements was to eat at someplace *famous* while there. The only thing we came up with was Neely's. You know, the BBQ folks that Paula Deen "discovered" and now they have their own Food Network show. Well, their BBQ is pretty delicious!!

the combo platter at Neely's--I swear I split it with my friend!!

Then we walked off our lunch at the mall. It was just an over-all great weekend! We laughed our sides out--at each other, of course. They teased me for being everybody's mom: "don't you dare throw that gum on the street, find a trash can!!"

We're looking forward to another *Girls Outing* very soon!!


Songlee said...

I laughed all the way through this blog. I have some great pics to post too! It was so fun and I can't wait for the next one! And you were more like an aunt than a mother! :P

Betsy said...

So glad you had a fun time! The pics are great! I've been watching those Neelys on the FNC and wondered if their bbq was good. Nice that you got to taste it in their restaurant!

Kari said...

Looks like you all had a great time! You and I need to do a road trip, too! =)

PinkDaisyGirl said...

I just want to know if you sang the song as you were walkin' on Beale? :)

It looks like you had a fantastic time, and that barbeque looks yummy!

Angela said...

Wow! Looks like a great time was had by all! You know, I was born and raised in TN, but on the other side of the state (Chattanooga). I've traveled near and far, but have never made it to Memphis. I'd really like to see the city someday!
Thanks for sharing your photos!

Anonymous said...

Like Song, I laughed the whole time I read this! Oh, the memories we have from that trip! Lol! I love the pictures! The one of you and Elvis in the gift shop is priceless! I cant wait for the next trip! Love ya, Sarah

Nancy said...

I can't believe you went to Memphis and DIDN'T go IN Graceland! And you call yourself a Southerner! :)

Looks like a fun trip...I'm so jealous! Glad you had fun!

Anonymous said...

HAHA! I had the best time on that trip so i loved reliving it through your blog! I dont know when i last laughed so hard! LOL!!!! LOve you, Megan