Monday, May 21, 2012

Memphis, TN

We had a really fun day with my cousins Linda and Cheryl in Memphis.  They love their town and love showing guests around.  Lunch was a real treat at Corky's fabulous Bar B Q.
 Then it was on to a tour of Sun Studios where Sam Phillips recorded and Elvis Presley got his start in the 1950's.
I got to hold the mic that Elvis held and stand in the spot he stood when he recorded "That's all right, Mama" in 1954.  Fascinating tour.
Our tour guide - Honky Tonk Angel. She was great!

Million Dollar Quartet - Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis and Johnny Cash recording at Sun in 1956
 Random pictures from our trolley tour - fascinating!
Looked like a riot!  But it was high school graduation night...those are the trolley tracks they are all standing on.

 Very interesting town...Memphis.  Lots to go back to see another time...

Little Rock, Arkansas

    Oh yes!  We got to do something we've had on hold for 2 years due to rainy weather last time we came through here.  Worth the wait!  We "camped" in the free parking lot at the Bill Clinton Presidential Library, got up at 5:30am and took off for a 6am bike ride around Little Rock.  We crossed the Arkansas River on a bridge as the sun rose in a big blood red ball - gorgeous!
 We rode about 7 miles on the north side of the Arkansas, then crossed again on "The big Dam Bridge", way high over the river.  I love the early morning and long, long shadows...

 Got back to Little Rock downtown at a perfect time for the Farmers' market.

We stayed another night in Little Rock to see the musical "Next to Normal".  So nice to be within walking distance of downtown events, in a free camp spot, no less!

Now, off to Tennessee...

Highlights of NW Arkansas

Gregg's high school classmate Ron and his wife Sonja have a beautiful place on Loc Lomond in Bella Vista, Arkansas.  We loved spending a night in their cul de sac, getting the boat tour, and having a fantastic dinner at their house.  It was Mother's Day and we heard from all our kids so we were all happy campers that night.

 Ron & Sonja and others had told us to not miss the beautiful new Art Museum in Bentonville and they were right.  It was fascinating, beautiful architecture, nice restaurant, hiking trails and interesting art, inside and out.

The leafless tree is all metal art - look for the object in the upper branches.

Bentonville - home of Walmart.  My award for best Sam's Club deli - upgraded seating and fresh flowers!
 Then we were off to Rogers, Arkansas, home of our friend Terri Brown.  She too lives on a lake, huge Beaver Lake, and took us out for a lake tour. 
 I was in heaven, needless to say...
 We had 3 nights of great dinners on the deck with Terri's friend RJ, watching the sun set...
 ...and a fun day in Eureka Springs, trolley ride around town, a little shopping and a little stopping for beers and wine.

Stopped to rest in OK

We randomly picked out a Corps of Engineers campground in eastern Oklahoma to stay for a few days. 
Our Rand McNallybible clearly shows a lot of lakes in eastern Oklahoma that we had been longing to check out.  We ended up near Cookson, OK at Snake Creek campground on Tenkiller Ferry Lake and loved it - even had a fish cleaning station at each campsite!  Not that we ever catch anything & have even stopped trying...

We drove around the area, checking out other campgrounds, and they are all beautiful, right on the lakes.  Very peaceful.

Found Big Daddy's all-you-can-eat catfish restaurant nearby.
The cross made of beer cans on the wall and paper plate decor on the ceiling added to the ambiance!  Great meal...mmmm catfish.

Home Sweet Home

On the road again...
We are as "at home" out in this RV, about 300 sq. ft., as we are in Prescott in 3200 sq. ft. We love it that the "yard" and the neighbors keep changing.

When we are moving along, the yards are often Walmart and Sams Club parking lots. 

We've found Bass Pro Shops have great RV parking spaces and liberal overnight policies. A plus in Oklahoma City's Bass Pro Shop "campground" is the city park of 1 1/2 times lifesize statues and walking distance to downtown's Bricktown area of bistros, bars, restaurants and a boat ride on a canal winding through downtown and the park.

When we find the great Corps of Engineers' campgrounds on beautiful lakes, with half price deals for "seniors", we tend to stay a few days - always beautiful campgrounds on or near the water.
Terri Brown's cul de sac - her house right on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Arkansas. We were invited to dinner on a Monday night & stayed until Thursday! Thanks, Terri! We love you!
Then, some of our very favorite spots are right in front of friends' homes... great for late nights and lots of wine and walking "home".