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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hello From Arkansas

Hello from Arkansas!  Well just barely, we are in West Memphis, just across the state line from Tennessee and are at Tom Sawyer RV Park on the banks of the Big Muddy! We left home a week ago today, and have had a great trip so far. Our granddaughter, Bailey, has been traveling with us this past week but had to go home yesterday to start getting ready for college next month. We really enjoyed her company and was sad to see her leave.

Our first night was spent in Sevierville, Tn. where we stayed at Riverside RV Park.  We showed Bailey around the Pigeon Forge area, where the crowds and traffic were as crazy as ever. We had a nice dinner at Cracker Barrell and turned in early to get ready for the second leg of our trip . We left the next morning headed to Nashville, where we stayed at Seven Points Corp of Engineers campground located on Lake Piercy. We booked our site for 2 nights and enjoyed using our America the Beautiful pass (Geezer Pass) to get the senior rate of $11/night.  We decided the best way to show Bailey around was to book a tour of Nashville. I checked Trip Advisor and found a tour highly recommended with good reviews. The tour was Really Entertaining Tours and lucky for us, they had a slot open for us the next day. The tour was on an electric vehicle similar to a souped up golf cart.  Our guide, Ryan, went the extra mile to give us an excellent overview of the legacy and history of Music City and showed us a great time with his entertaining wit and knowledge. If you know anyone going to Nashville, and looking for a tour, have them hook up with Ryan for a good time. Early Wednesday morning we hit I-40 headed west to Memphis, where we are now. I haven't mentioned the hot weather, but it's been so oppressively hot that we didn't want to be out of the AC for very long and has affected our outdoor activities. We did book another tour in Memphis with Backbeat Tours. Our tour was a group of about 35 and was on a bus with marginal air conditioning. The tour was called the Mojo tour and traveled to areas where the blues genre of music was born, as well as other historical points of interest..  We had a professional musician on the bus who entertained us with songs of the era and spoke to significant events that occurred in areas we traveled. The tour was OK, but not as good as Ryan in Nashville. We also visited the Peabody Hotel to check out the March of the Ducks, which happens every day at 11Am and 5PM. If you're not familiar with them, click on the link for the scoop on the ducks.  One of our favorite stops was the Bass Pro Shop adjacent to the I-40 bridge in Memphis. This Bass pro Shop is housed in a huge pyramid and is the 4th largest in the world. It has a 300 ft freestanding elevator that goes to the top where there is a restaurant and observation decks on 2 sides of the pyramid. The inside is constructed to a swamp theme with spanish moss, cypress trees, several streams and ponds with fish, ducks, alligators and many aquariums. Needless to say, the gators are confined in a glassed in area. The structure includes a hotel, 2 restaurants, archery range and a bowling alley. Pretty cool place.

We plan to hit the road again in the morning (Monday) and plan to travel to Ozark, Arkansas where we plan to stay at Aux Arc Corp of Engineers park for a couple of days. Stay tuned for more updates and whisper a prayer for our safe travels.

Riverside RV Park, Sevierville, Tn.

Our Site, 215
General Jackson Paddewheel boat on Cumberland River in Nashville. Nissan stadium, where Tennessee Titans play in background.

Broadway Street in Nashville at night.

We were sure glad to have this nice shade.
Our Site, 32 at Seven Points COE

My Co-Pilot conked out!

Our tour bus wasn't air conditioned like this one!

Music City Center

Our Tour Vehicle

Panoramic Shot of Nashville

Scenic overlook with our group. Can you tell we're hot!
Our Site at Tom Sawyer, 95

The tall good looking guy on the right is Ryan of Really Entertaining Tours.
Entrance tp Peabody Hotel
Here come the ducks. Best picture we could get because it got really crowded.
They save the inside for children, as they should!
The guy in the red coat is the duck master
The ducks walk the red carpet to ride the middle elevator up to the penthouse,  er, duck house on the top floor!
Waterfront park alongside the Mississippi. You can see the Pyramid in the background.

You can see the swamp theme.

Crickett and Bailey in front of Bruno.

Bailey at observation area near top of pyramid.

Looking down

Panaromic Shot from the top.

I had to twist MeeMee's arm to get her on the observation deck.

I-40 Bridge across the Mississippi. The river is the Tennessee/Arkansas state line.

1 comment:

  1. From Betty: pyramid has been remodeled since we were there. It was just empty & very odd!! You really make me want to go to Nashville!