S: Road Trip 2012
FC: ROAD TRIP 2 0 1 2 | Arkansas | Tennessee | North Carolina | South Carolina | Georgia | Florida | Alabama | Mississippi | Louisiana | Texas
1: Just out of Texas , on our journey through 10 states.| July 2nd
2: Memphis is a nice little town. Traffic was a little crazy. Found a tiny diner for breakfast. (Mississippi River below) | We had to kill a little time before the Graceland tour so we found a riverside park to get some photos in Memphis.
3: The home of Elvis Presley.
4: Memphis, Tennessee Gracelamd Mansion, Elvis Presley's Home | July 3
5: Waiting to go in to see Elvis's house, the head set was our guided tour.
6: This is Elvis' living room as you enter Graceland to your right. Everything is as it was left. I noticed there is a wet bar in every room. | The portraits of his family are in almost every room. Great photos and painted portraits as well. It's hard to imagine him entertaining guests here, but he loved having his friends over for meals.
7: This was his mother's bedroom located on the first floor. Her clothes are still in the closet. | The stairwell is the closest you get to the second floor. It it off limits to respect Elvis' privacy. | It's hard to imagine large dinner parties here. The dining table is very ornate but there was only seating for six. Pictures and portraits are everywhere.
8: The kitchen where all of those banana/peanut butter sandwiches were created! Then downstairs to his TV room. He watched all three major networks at a time plus a movie projector was installed.
9: KRABI, SOUTH END | November 9 | Elvis' game or pool table room. Very small considering there was pool table and furniture everywhere. The upholstery on the walls match the ceiling. The Jungle Room is a den. All the furniture was designed by Elvis and was made in Europe. The wall fountain still works. (Basement)
10: The backyard of Graceland | July 3 | Lisa Marie's swing set.
11: Above is his father's office. The smokehouse was converted to Elvis' gun range. A scaled replica of his house in Tupelo, MS
12: This is how we got a lot of our pictures together, using a mini tripod.
13: Every wall is covered in photos, records, awards, recognitions, articles and memorabilia. Very, very impressive.
15: All of his gold records decorate this hallway| July 3
16: This hallway celebrated periods of his life: movies, wedding, tours following his Hollywood career. At the time he was acting he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood. Some costumes are displayed.
18: The racquetball building has been converted to housing memorabilia. Every wall is covered with his accomplishments.
19: View of all records and awards belonging to Elvis in the racquetball room.
20: Panoramic view of the Graceland backyard. The house tour ends near the pool where Elvis, his mother, father and grandmother are buried. His grandmother outlived everyone buried there.
22: Elvis! Elvis! No, it's just David. The Elvis Karaoke room located in the shops across the street from Graceland.
23: JULY 3rd Memphis, TN | Looking for Tammy in a gift shop. They didn't allow drinks in the shops and it was 100 degrees that morning. | Visit to Sun Studios where it all started. There is a great collection of U2 items there since they recorded Rattle & Hum there.
24: It's really hard to imagine all of this history involved in this studio. Basically, the birthplace of recorded American rock & roll.
25: I made sure to buy guitar picks everywhere I visited. Tammy got t-shirts for a vacation quilt.
26: Memphis, TN went to eat and shopping down the strand | Thank you. Thank you, very much!
27: Nashville, TN down Broadway St. also known as "Honky Tonk Row" | July 3rd
28: GET UP ON THIS BAR
29: WORLD FAMOUS, CAN'T TAME US | July 3
30: RCA Victor Studios' STUDIO B TOUR | July 4th | Not just any piano. The ONLY baby grand piano used in Studio B since 1954. Absolutely priceless.
33: We are standing where every artists has stood that has every played, recorded, jammed, cut-up, collaborated, slept while cutting a record in RCA-Victor Studio B: Elvis, Dolly, Chet, Johnny, Waylon, Roy O, Willie, Charlie, Roger Miller, Mickey, Gary, Dottie...to name a "few". Very cool is you appreciate music at all.
34: Tammy and I are at the controls! | Studio B
35: Just outside Studio B in Music Row...at any given time you may run into a country artist. This guitar pays tribute to Roy Orbison.
36: 2 0 1 2 | COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM | CHET ATKINS
37: Webb Pierce's Bonneville is now a top attraction at the Country Music Hall of Fame | These cars were designed by Nudie Cohn. The most well known designer is western wear.
38: Elvis' gold grand piano. A gift from Priscilla. | Elvis' Cadillac. | The paint had gold flakes in the pearled finish | Elvis had a tv, ice maker and phone in his car.
39: The Taylor Swift exhibit. All items were props or costumes from her last world tour. Below is the set from Hee-Haw!
40: Wall of Gold and Platinum albums from almost every country artist and a few rockers that crossed over. Amazing.
41: More records as we walk down to the second floor. The tour started on the third floor. That's Hank Williams behind me.
42: Let Freedom Sing concert featuring Sarah Darling, Craig Morgan and The Mavericks. The Nashville Orchestra performed during the fireworks.
43: Spectacular fireworks display over the river just in front of Nashville's skyline. Pictures do not do the show justice.
44: THE PARTHENON | July 5
45: THE MOUNTAIN TEMPLE, WAT ARAT | November 8 | Exact replica of The Parthenon. This is the final reconstruction. There were two!
46: You have to make your own fun at The Parthenon. Fist bumps, Find the hand. | July 5
47: The detail in the replicas are amazing.
48: self portraits
50: HONKYTONK ROW | Stopped by Willie Nelson souvenir store.
51: Cooter's Museum from the Duke's of Hazerd
52: Entrance into the Grand Ole Opry. Final reconstruction following the flood in 2010. This was a great tour.
53: The doors leading into the Grand Ole Opry.
54: We're standing in the spot Blake Shelton stood to tape his tour video...this is near the performers' and members' entrance.| July 5
55: Dressing Rooms at the Opry House
56: This is the room the performers wait to go on stage. Most hang out and warm up or watch television.
57: We sang "Your Are My Sunshine", live on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. | July 5th
58: We made a stop in North Carolina at Chimney Rock State Park | July 6th
60: Absolutely gorgeous view of the river and lake from Chimney Rock. This is located in Bat Cave, NC
62: This was privately owned until NC decided to preserve it. They've done a great job. Gorgeous.
63: Bat Cave, NC
64: Myrtle Beach, SC - America's Beach! We stayed in the quieter Surfside Beach | July 7th
65: SURFSIDE 2 0 1 2 | Stayed here for two nights | On the way here I was pulled over for "following too closely."
67: FUN IN THE SUN July 7th
68: Myrtle Beach; we are at the Boardwalk It's all shops, restaurants or rides. So we just rode the Skywheel.
69: THE SKYWHEEL IN MYRTLE BEACH | July 7
71: July 8th
73: Savannah Georgia River St.
74: SAVANNAH GEORGIA 2 0 1 2 | July 8th | Just passing through.
75: We spent the night in Tallahassee, FL, got up and kept driving. PENSACOLA, FRORIDA | JULY 9th
76: USS ALABAMA BATTLESHIP | Mobile Alabama
77: Stopped in for a tour.
78: P | July 8 | Tammy is trying to make me rush my phone call. I tried my hand at some guns and did a little pole dancing for the sailors...I did not get ONE tip.
79: It's amazing how all of this metal stays afloat. The USS Alabama had a lot of guns. It's in great shape.
80: The big guns, our Titanic pose and our tuff pose | July 9
81: This ship was huge. Too much to see for such a short visit. We had fun on deck and below deck. The mess hall was very small. It neat to see how these guys moved around in such tight space.
82: The Alabama, Mobile, AL
84: EAT | SLEEP | S**T
85: Maybe this is how it should be. | July 9 '12
86: General Store on the ship | Dark Room/Print Shop
88: 1942 U.S.S. Alabama Crew men 1947
89: Didn't stop by Dad's, they went to Las Vagas. | Just passing through.
91: 43 hours, 2645 miles