Sunday, August 23, 2015

Memphis, Tennessee

We spent the last week of our summer on a mini vacation, and Ned's first road trip, in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Tennessee is a state none of us had visited yet, and only a seven hour drive, so we loaded up and off we went! 
We stayed in a VBRO.com rental, a loft apartment just a couple of blocks away from Beale Street that had a view of the Mississippi River.  Fun to stay in a downtown and there was a full kitchen. 
Memphis has so much potential to be an amazing city. Water, history, iconic celebrity, and great food. But it needs a new industry and revitalization. It was sad to see beautiful homes falling to disrepair and some of the neighborhoods mere blocks from where we were staying were downright scary.  

Some of our favorites from the trip: 
Mud Island River Park

The chase scene from the movie The Firm were shot on the bridge leading to the island. And the island itself was very kid friendly and educational. 
There is a five city block water feature that is a replica of the Mississippi river, showing it's origination and path that it flows to the ocean. 
The kids loved it. They wore their swimsuits and made an adventure out of it. 
One evening we walked over to a flat fountain for the kids to play. Meri and Ned crashed on the walk, so Otto enjoyed it by himself. 
And we venture to Beale Street one evening for dinner. Otto doesn't quite get 'pose like Elvis', but Chris sure does! I'm saving those pictures in case I ever need blackmail. 
Beale Street is full of bars and partiers, live music streaming from every restaurant. Our kids fit right in, full out dancing in the street. 
We did some window shopping at the Gibson factory. 
And browsed through the gigantic pyramid shaped Bass Pro.  
 Shelby Farms Park was really fun for the kids too. Awesome playground with non tractional equipment and walking paths covered in vines.  
 Random Ned picture, because he's cute. 
Memphis does get points for food. The Commissary in Germantown, the Little Tea Shop and Dejavu downtown were all wonderful. 
Across the street from our apartment was a fire station, it might have been the highlight of the trip for the kids. We were waiting for Chris to pull the car around one morning and a fireman on duty let the bigs climb all over a truck and gave them fire hats. 
Fire man is now Meredith's second occupation choice, right behind train engineer. 
Traveling with kids isn't a vacation, it's a trip. Exhausting, but I'm glad we went. Always fun to see new places, and I love being with my peeps. 
Sadly, the car ride home was LONG thanks to a yucky stomach bug that hit the kids. We made it though and are looking forward to school starting next week for our big kid! 

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