Memphis was just too much to write about in one post so, as we embarked on our fourth day of our 4000 mile Road Trip, I begin my fourth blog entry. I promise I'm not planning on doing a blog write up for each day. Just for each town. Some deserved longer/more posts than others.
We woke up after a perfect nights rest in Memphis, we were all gitty because of the amazing day we had the day before! After eating breakfast at our hotel we took off to explore. This time we drove away from downtown to find the I <3 Memphis mural and the historically known Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
If anyone asked me about the Lorraine Hotel one of the things I would say to them is that going early on a Sunday morning is the absolute best thing you can do! There was no one there, the streets were completely vaccant and the fresh sun was shining in perfectly over this historical landmark. Both Josh and I stood in silence as we paid our respects and took it all in. It was one of those moments where you don't even want to get your camera out because it feels disrespectful. It's a place where you literally just stand, in silence and say a little prayer for hope and trust, especially for this great nation that we live in.
After a few moments of silence Josh and I decided to walk around the area. It was completely vacant for as far as we could see so we thought we would walk around and take in the peacefulness. We wandered up to the upper street just beside the street where the Lorraine Hotel was located. From the street you could see the high rises of the downtown as well as the warehouse district which we were standing in. There was no one for miles. It was a perfect picture opportunity.
After we took our photos, enjoyed the peacefulness of the empty Memphis streets and walked around the block we headed back to the Lorraine Hotel where we had parked. We paid our respects one last time and then hopped in our car, heading away from downtown even further. We headed for the I <3 Memphis mural which is located in another historical district off Broad Street.
It was neat riding through the historical district which was filled with beautifully restored homes. We found the mural, snapped some photos and then wanted to continue driving through this area to look at the houses and landscape. One thing with Josh and I is that we have such a blast just driving around. This is where we do most of our conversing and decision making. This is where we reflect with each other, sharing our praises and concerns. In the car, just driving around is where we do our best unwinding. So, on this beautiful crisp, fall morning that's exactly what we did. We just drove around this beautiful historically renovated district reflecting and enjoying one another. It was perfect!
After some time, we decided to head back downtown. So, we drove straight for Beale Street. To our enjoyment, Beale Street was just as deserted as the street in the warehouse district we had stumbled upon earlier at the Lorraine Hotel. It was neat seeing this chaotic, tourist spot completely empty. It truly gave us a more local vibe with shop/restaurant/bar owners cleaning off the sidewalks with hoses, setting up for another night that would quickly be approaching. We walked up and down soaking in this scene and of course took photos :)
I love this picture of Josh! He doesn't think he's photogenic. I beg to differ.
After our relaxation we decided it was about that time. So, we began our journey back to the hotel so we could check out and begin our route to the next town on our list. But, before we could do this we had to make one more stop.
We had to make one more stop to visit our ducks. Yes, we had done all of that exploring before 11 am. The ducks were just waking up. This time we had learned our lesson from the night before and we got there well in advance in order to get front row seats. We were right up front with all the children. The duck master gave his well practiced speech, rode the elevator up to the fountain on the roof and brought the waddling ducks back down into the lobby. It was just as exciting to watch as the first time.
So, after duck watching twice, Beale Street explorations, downtown finds, and beautiful, quaint Memphis streets it was time we bid our farewells and headed south a bit. We grabbed a bite for lunch, checked out of our hotel and hit the road. Memphis was in our background but forever in our hearts. What a wonderful stay it had been!
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