I just got back from a trip to Memphis with my parents and Sam. So as to not have ridiculously long posts (longer than I usually do), I will break the trip up into days. You can thank me later. 🙂

Day One was our travel day. We took Route 1 on the map below.

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We decided to go this route because it was back roads and took us through Arkansas- we none of us had been before. 🙂 It took us about 2.5 hours to get to the Arkansas line…

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and then another 30 minutes to find “civilization”. HA!

When we reached “civilization” it was lunch time and so we found a Sonic and decided to eat there. They actually had a dine-in section with phones to place your order on. Pretty cool!

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Then we continued on our way until we were surprised to find an Arkansas Welcome Center just before we left the state and headed into Mississippi.

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Sorry for the blur…

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I think all state’s should have nice concrete signs. It would be fun to stop and take pictures as you travel and then make a collage. Maybe I am the only one who thinks that and that is why they don’t do it. Who knows?

Anyway, the welcome center is located on what Dad and I were convinced is the Mississippi River. We later found out it wasn’t- it was a “horseshoe lake”- I think that is what the lady called it. Regardless, it was beautiful and we took more pictures.

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Ugh! I don’t know what was going on with the camera. Few of my Arkansas pictures with people in them were clear. Oh well…

Almost immediately after we left the welcome center, we cross the Mississippi River and entered in Mississippi. As we drove along we passed a sign for the “Birthplace of Kermit the Frog” Museum. We decided to stop and check it out.

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It was cute. Sadly, the only thing Sam knows of muppets are from Sesame Street which he doesn’t watch very often. However, he did recognize Dinosaur Train and a couple of other characters. I recognized all of it and even learned that some stuff was Jim Henson that I didn’t realize- the movie Labyrinth, for example.

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They had a gift shop and in the back of the gift shop was a hodge podge of memorabilia that people have donated.

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One of the original Kermit muppets. Jim Henson used the river in Leland, MS as the setting for Kermit’s song about it being good to be green or something like that. 🙂

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Two of my childhood favorites- Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal.

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We then didn’t stop again except for potty breaks. Finally, after a 6 hour trip turned into an 8 hour trip (with fun side stops), we made it to our destination!!!

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Here’s proof that it really is “down at the end of Lonely Street”…

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We unpacked…

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Sam found the phone in the room…

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While waiting on the elevator, Mr. Friendly (aka Sam) struck up a conversation with the manager on duty. She was so impressed with Sam that she gave him a “surprise” with strict orders that he couldn’t open it until he got back home- Love Me Tender chocolates!!

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Sam was a bit excited about his chocolates!

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We have since discovered they aren’t cheap chocolates either. We found a smaller box in the gift shop for almost $12 so I don’t know how much these actually cost! Way to go, Sam!

After we unpacked, we went down to the hotel restaurant for supper…

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The first night Dad decided he would eat Elvis’ favorite sandwich- grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich.

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While you eat, there is a big screen showing various Elvis concerts. Therefore, we were serenaded nightly by Elvis. Thank you, thank you very much.

This is a video of what mealtimes in the Jungle Room Cafe are like as well as some other fun that we had in the Heartbreak Hotel.

After supper, we walked around outside and just scoped the area out.
This is Sam with his favorite phone from the trip- a pink furry phone that calls a BBQ joint who will come pick you up in a pink cadillac limo for a complimentary ride to their restaurant. HA!

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The pool is shaped like a broken heart!

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We shortly went back to our room and went to bed. We definitely had a full day ahead of us the next day- Graceland and all it has to offer!!!

🙂
Steph