Saturday, April 2, 2011

Destin, Florida. Camping on the Gulf campground. 80 degrees F!

Wow!  Totally awesome day!  Fantastic weather!

We went to the office at 8 a.m. to book another night (tonight) and then at noon decided to go back to the office and book tomorrow night (Sunday night) too!  We have to be somewhere, might as well be here!

We relaxed today, walked to the beach and back a couple of times, & sat at the beach for a while.  The last time was at 6:30 for the bonfire and marshmallow roast on the beach at sunset, wow!
Beach in the morning.

Bird, fishing boat and waves.

Kid standing in the water fishing.


Beach in the morning again!

Toy boats in the pond.

Paul at the beach

Bonfire with marshmallows at the beach at sunset.


Paul also set up the new one-hander Cobra CB radio, which he has been wanting for some time, and fixed the leaky hose (loose connection).  He managed to get some reading in, and I did some computing.

Paul at our campsite #116.

Kit kats are in their glory, spending time indoors watching the birds or outdoors on their leashes or in their pet tent.

Pizza, salad & fruit for dinner.
Weather tomorrow is supposed to be awesome again, so we are looking forward to that and another fantastic day Camping on the Gulf!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Destin, Florida. Camping on the Gulf campground. 72 degrees F!

We travelled about 400 km today, and FINALLY got some warmer weather (we have shorts on, yippee!)

We tried to get a campsite at 2 different state parks, but both of them were fully booked.  So we ended up where we are now.  It is right on the ocean, and in fact some of the sites are right at the beach.  We're back a bit from the beach because we wanted a bit of shade (because of the cats) and those sites are slightly less expensive, though they are still very expensive.  We're not here for long though, and it is really special to be camped right at the ocean.  The view is nothing short of spectacular, especially at sunset.

Sunset at Destin

Paul on the beach with campground in the background.

Lou Destin sunset.

Palm tree, pond, RV's, & ocean in the background.

This area is called the Emerald Coast.  We are at Destin between Pensacola and Panama City on the Florida Panhandle, on the Gulf of Mexico.

We only intend to stay the one night, then start to mosey on down towards Orlando.  We'll see what tomorrow brings!
Best buddies peeking out into the darkness.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Woods RV. Montgomery, Alabama. 55 degrees F.

To complete our Elvis Tour, we went to his birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi today.  The house is very tiny, only 2 rooms, a bedroom (where Elvis was born) and a kitchen.  They called these houses shotgun houses because you could open the front door and shoot a shotgun right out the back door.   There is no bathroom, they used an outhouse.  And there was no electricity for several years.  The hostess was Sybil Presley Clark; she says she is Elvis' second cousin.  She told us that Vernon (Elvis' father) borrowed $180 to build the house, then lost the house because he could not afford the payments.  They ended up moving to Memphis.  Vernon actually spent 8 months in jail for forgery at one time.

To Elvis Presley birthplace

Paul in front of the house

Lou in front of the house

Bedroom.  Sybil Presley Clark.


Bedroom fireplace.



Hallway from bedroom to kitchen and out the back door.

Paul standing outside the back door of the house.

In addition to the actual house where Elvis was born, there is the Church his family worshipped at when he was young, which was moved to this site.  There is also a new Church there, which was built at Elvis' request so there would be a place for quiet meditation.  There is also a small museum, and of course the mandatory gift shop.


Church inside.

This is in a residential area, with regular homes across the street.  I doubt they appreciate the Elvis fans thronging there and interrupting their quiet lives.  When we were there though, it was very quiet, only a few people around, not like Graceland at all.  We were told though that on a typical day, three busloads of people come and go.

Lou with Elvis at 13.

After we left there, we motored on towards Florida and hopefully warmer weather.  We stopped at a truck stop for lunch which I made in the RV, then continued south.  Traffic in Birmingham was a mess due to construction.  We have stopped for the night at a little campground in Montgomery, Alabama.  The weather is a bit warmer than it has been, and we are hopeful it will continue to warm up!  We plan to be in Florida tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by, we hope you are enjoying our journey as much as we are!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tupelo, Mississippi. America's Best Inn. 55 degrees F.

Temperature was 41 degrees F. when we got up!  It is now 55 degrees F., brrrrr....

After breakfast in the RV, we went back to Graceland Crossing to pick up a couple of souvenirs J
Graceland campground site #27
Don't Be Cruel Lane in campground

Then onward to downtown Memphis for Paul to see Stax Museum (artists like Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Booker T & the MG's, etc.)  We did our bit to jumpstart the local economy, picking up special souvenirs. 
Paul at Stax Museum 
Ike & Tina Turner stage costumes 
Paul by J Jackon's Drums of Booker T & the MG's 
We drove to downtown Memphis and parked a block from Beale Street, then walked down the section of Beale Street that is closed to car traffic.  It has a number of souvenir shops and restaurants and honky tonks and BB King's Club.  It is certainly different at night than when we saw it today mid-day.
Beale Street, Memphis 
Beale St., Memphis
We missed the 11 a.m. duck walk at the Peabody Hotel, so after we lunched in our RV, we started making our way to Tupelo, where we are staying for the night.  It is too cold to camp, so we are in a hotel again.  We covered about 200 km today.
Tomorrow we plan to see Elvis' birthplace, then start heading towards Florida and hopefully warmer weather.

Tuesday Mar. 29 - Graceland Campground, Memphis Tennessee. Temperature 53 F.

We travelled about 150 km today from Jackson to Memphis, Tennessee. GRACELAND! Home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll!

We shopped for groceries as we left Jackson and arrived at our Memphis destination about 12:30. We made lunch in the RV, then ran next door to the Graceland ticket office where we bought tickets for the Platinum Tour. We spent about an hour in the mansion and surrounding buildings, then crossed back to Graceland Crossing for the rest of the tour – the car museum, the jets, and several others. Each museum of course led to a gift shop! In all we spent about 3 hours soaking up all the Elvis-ness of the place. All Elvis, all the time! It was lots of fun!

We came back to the RV and chatted with the neighbours from Nebraska while making dinner. Although a shuttle service to Sun Records is available through the Heartbreak Hotel next door, we decided to stay home and relax. It was cold and rainy.

Unfortunately the internet connection was down so I was unable to connect Tuesday, so this post is being done Wednesday instead.

Thanks for dropping by!

Elvis Presley Blvd. 
Entrance to Graceland (gates are open) 
Lou at front of Graceland 
Graceland Living room, as it was when Elvis was alive 
Graceland dining room 
Graceland kitchen 
Graceland "Jungle Room" (family room) off kitchen
Graceland TV room downstairs
Rear view of Graceland with Paul
American Eagle costume, one of many on display
Meditation Garden where Elvis is buried
Large jet, the "Lisa Marie"
Small jet, "Hound Dog"
Heartbreak Hotel adjacent to campground, across the road from Graceland
Paul having dinner in the RV