June 7, 2018
Went back into downtown Memphis this morning before driving southeast to Tupelo, home of an Elvis Festival, first weekend in June, now in its 20th year.
But first, I wanted to walk the driveway up to Graceland. I had read the only time to do this was in the morning (before the 9am tour, of course). However, when we arrived just after 8:30am we were informed that she couldn't let us. It is from 7:30 - 8:30am.
Specific destination in Memphis this morning -- Bass Pro Drive, along the Mississippi River, home of a huge pyramid that houses the most amazing Bass Pro store we've seen and also includes Big Cypress Lodge. Originally built as an arena in 1991 but hasn't hosted any sporting events for a number of years. In 2015 it re-opened as this impressive Bass Pro Shop and more. The facility houses the world's tallest free-standing elevator that rises some 300 feet in the center to take you to a restaurant and observation deck. We bought a ticket and up we went. An AMAZING view and only a little scary. Denis says not as scary as Stratosphere in Vegas which he had some difficulty with but I was a little cautious. Great end to our visit to Memphis.
Onto Tupelo where we drove Main Street and bought tickets for the competitions and finals. Elvis Festival here has a number of events starting tonight with many free opportunities to hear the ETAs, past winners here in the Ultimate competition and headliners. As our campsite, which is, by the way one of the nicest we've been in for setting at least is not right in town, we will unhook and drive in so don't think we will partake in all the Festival has to offer. Maybe one year down the road. Still, I know it's going to be fabulous.