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Home for the holidays

Just 430 miles away from home in Memphis meant we would arrive by early afternoon unless Atlanta traffic got snarled. Atlanta traffic always gets snarled but especially near each and every holiday. Our trip took us through Tupelo, Mississippi and Alabama, but we made no more tourist stops. We were both ready to get home […]

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Beale Street, Memphis

The evening of December 19, 2018 was cold and rainy. It was the last night of our cross country adventure which began in Salt Lake City. It would have been so easy to curl up in our bed and get a good night’s rest before the last leg of our trip. But no, we were […]

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Graceland Part 3

The tour bus took us away from the Graceland Mansion across Elvis Presley Boulevard and through those famous music gates. The wrought iron gates with musical notes and an Elvis image were designed by Abe Saucer. John Dillars of Memphis Doors built and installed these gates in 1957. Caroline wanted to visit the Automobile Museum […]

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Graceland Part 2

Elvis Presley bought Graceland in 1957 for $102,500. Graceland Farms was first owned by Stephen Toof, founder of the oldest commercial printing firm in Memphis. The property is named for his daughter Grace. In 1939, Grace’s niece built the Colonial Revival style mansion. Over time, Elvis added over $500,000 in renovations to the mansion which […]

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Graceland

Two hundred odd miles and about 4 hours after we left Chateau Aux Arc we crossed the largest river in the United States. Yes, that’s right, we crossed the Mississippi River into Memphis, Tennessee. The name Mississippi is from from the French form of an Algonquin word, Misi ziipi, meaning great river. On our next […]

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Oklahoma to Arkansas

What’s in Arkansas? That is exactly what Caroline and I asked each other. What road side attractions can possibly be here? After some intense research, we discovered there are several worthwhile stops in Arkansas: the Clinton Presidential Library, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Fort Smith National Historic Site, Esse Purse Museum, the Ozarks National Forest, and […]

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Amarillo to Arcadia, Oklahoma

We were not excited about driving another 300 miles after visiting the Cadillac Ranch. But, we wanted to get home to Georgia to celebrate Christmas with family and friends so back into the car we got and enjoyed the ride–mostly. We hit Oklahoma City after dark and during some sort of rush hour. Interstate 40 […]

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Tucumcari to Amarillo, Texas

The main reason for our travel from Salt Lake City to our home in Georgia is to move Caroline’s things to our home while she goes off to explore Ireland. Oh, yeah–she does have a job waiting for here there once her work visa arrives. However, we also made it a goal to see as […]

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Santa Fe to Tucumcari, New Mexico

There were no “Nightmare’s on Manhattan Avenue” on our last night at the Pueblo Bonito B & B in Santa Fe. (Read the last blog post if that sentence makes no sense to you.) We were up and packed early for a long day. Our plans were to drive over 500 miles to Oklahoma City. […]

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Dinner in Santa Fe

We had definitely worked up an appetite after visiting Meow Wolf. Sliding through a washing machine door, walking in a refrigerator and making music with dinosaur ribs are strenuous activities. I recommend getting dinner reservations any night while in Santa Fe. We found an open table at the Santacafe, a restaurant known to be frequented […]

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