Brad & Barb Wright - Southwest Trip 2009/2010 travel blog

View out our front window - Tom Sawyer's Mississippi River RV Park

Our coach at Tom Sawyer'r MR RV Park

Brad enjoying the river traffic

Graceland from Visitor Center across street

Living Room at Graceland

Dining Room at Graceland

Junglel Room added to back of house on first floor

Media Room in basement

Gold Records

Elvis's 1955 Cadillac

The "Lisa Marie"

Conference table in plane. Lisa Marie had her 9th birthday party here...

The weather was beautiful today - sunny and upper 60's. We arrived in the Memphis area yesterday. We are at the Tom Sawyer Mississippi River RV Park across the river in West Memphis, Arkansas. The park is literally on the banks of the river, in fact, they close the park when the river reaches 31 feet. Right now it's about 20 feet. There is actually a chart on the porch of the office giving the river height for the next week or so. By the 25th it will be up to 29 feet. I think it's incredible that they can predict the height of the river that far ahead. There are so many bodies of water that empty into it on the way down. When we were in New Orleans, we were told that 40% of the rivers in this country empty into the Mississippi River. We are parked so our front windshield is facing the river, although we can see the river from the side windows as well. It's very relaxing to sit and watch it flowing by - you can really see the current moving the water. There is a lot of debris - tree trunks, barrels, etc in the water and it goes by very quickly. There is also a lot of barge/tug boat traffic as well. Very few pleasure craft go by.

Today we did go over to Graceland - Elvis Presley's home. The complex was very large. The house was very nice, with several additions. The first floor and basement were open for the tour as well as three out buildings. Across the street was the visitor center, several gift shops, his vehicle collection and his two airplanes that you could tour as well. Of course his music was playing as well as clips from his films. In the house and outbuildings you had an audio system that explained what you were seeing. We really enjoyed the tour - more than we had expected to. They had many of his costumes - both from the movies and stage appearances, all his gold records and Emmys and hundreds of other awards. The grounds were quite extensive. Elvis before he died had set up a memorial garden and he is buried there along with his parents and his grandmother. We really enjoyed the day, when we got back, Brad took a chair and sat out by the river for awhile talking to the neighbors. Tomorrow we will leave here and begin heading for Nappannee, IN. We will probably spend the night in Kentucky tomorrow.

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