Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Memphis, TN

In May, Crumpet and I spent 2 weeks traveling the Northeast and saying goodbye to friends and family. Then we went back to Georgia to pick up my husband and the cats, and we began our trip cross country. We did the trip in 7 days, stopping 3 times just to sleep and then carry on driving, and stopping in 3 areas to explore and enjoy some time out of the car.

Our first big stop was in Memphis, TN. The only bad thing that happened to us on the entire trip was this:
This is a view from the passenger side of the windshield. See the big horizontal line in the picture? That's a crack and it kept growing and growing as we drove. A truck had kicked up a rock that hit the windshield on the way to Memphis. Luckily, as we pulled into the city, we passed a car glass repair place that was able to fix it for us in an hour. We couldn't have asked for anything more.
So anyway, we loved Memphis. We went to Beale St. for dinner on our first evening in town. Beale St. is the big music center in Memphis, and there was blues music coming from every doorway. We ate great Southern food while listening to live blues music, and then went shopping in some really funky stores. A great intro to the city.
The next morning, we went to the Memphis Botanic Gardens. It seems that we arrived right after most of the flowering plants stopped flowering for spring, but it was still beautiful. This was a huge place, with a variety of garden types, and it took us quite a while to get around.
The Japanese garden was very pretty, and we bought a bag of food to feed the koi fish.
The insane koi fish. There were tons of them, and they were quite aggressive about getting to the food! Crumpet loved this.
There are some huge, beautiful magnolia trees along the trail.
We found a little dinosaur garden with plants from prehistoric times.
Crumpet got to uncover a few fossils.
Then we headed to the children's garden, which is fantastic. It's hard to see, but in the picture below, Crumpet is in a huge spider web, looking up at a spider hanging from the tree. Creepy!
There is a scarecrow area, with a big box of dress up clothes for the the scarecrows.

Crumpet and his Dad built a cool fort to hide in.
Beautiful bird feeders and "bottle trees" made from used materials.
There was a huge bird nest, where we pretended to be baby birds.
"Wormville". There were fun tunnels to crawl through here.
There was a little cottage, and inside, the walls were a giant "I Spy" game. The paper lists at top told you what to find glued into the walls below. We had a lot of fun with this.
Raised flower "beds". Get it? They're actual beds! Tee hee.. I'm easily amused...

Crumpet in a chrysalis swing. He spent a while pretending to be a caterpillar changing into a butterfly here.
There was a "monster garden". The staff stuck big googly eyes on a variety of plant types, and it really did make them come alive!
A really dark picture of Crumpet and me in front of an Elvis statue at the Memphis visitor's center.
The trolleys run all the time, and they're quite cheap. Crumpet loved seeing them.
The Memphis Pyramid. It was funny to see this in the middle of the U.S. This used to be a sports stadium, but it's unused now.
We spent the afternoon on a riverboat ride on the Mississippi River. This was nice and relaxing, and the guide gave us a great history of everything along that stretch of the river.
And that concludes our first stop on the route to California. I counted, and Crumpet has been to 23 states in his 4 years, and I have been to 38. In 38 years.

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  1. Oh, one blog wasn't enough? You are amazing! Looks like a wonderful stop along the way!

  2. I have a free summer membership to the Pink Palace science museum in Memphis and keep thinking that I'll head that way with the kids but just haven't taken the time to do so yet. Now I'm thinking we'll have to make it a weekend getaway and drag my hubby along too. Beale St. looks like a lot of fun and of course we'd have to stop by the botanical garden- we'd get in free with out reciprocal membership and it looks like too much fun to pass up. Thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to reading about the other stops you made on your adventure towards Hawaii! Blessings!:)

  3. We live 2 1/2 hours from Memphis, and we travel through a few times a year. But the only place we've ever taken the kids is the children's museum. I'd love to visit the Botanic gardens. My kidswould love the dinosaurs and the I Spy wall especially. Thanks for sharing!

  4. WOW! What a wonderful place. I'll have to file this away to remember for future trips.