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Summer Trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Summer Trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Double D and I only got to take a short trip to Milwaukee this summer for our annual vacation.  He has friends that live up there, and I had never been, so we decided to spend some time there.  Since we were trying to pack a lot into three days, we didn’t get to see everything that we probably should have, but here are some stops we made.

The Milwaukee Art Museum has literally one of the coolest art installations that I’ve ever been a part of.  We arrived right before noon, and got to see the wings actually opening to create a sunshade for the inside hall. It was fun to see all 72 fins open as we watched. The view from the hall of the water is pretty spectacular, and of course, the art within is worth seeing.Wings of the Milwaukee Art museum

This is the view of downtown Milwaukee from the art museum.Downtown milwaukee from the art museum

The next stop was the Basilica of St. Josaphat. This place is just absolutely breathtaking, and once you know the history of it, it is even more special.  One of the most interesting facts I learned is that this building was created used the body of a Chicago Post Office that was going to be razed.  It was finished in 1901.  It wasn’t until 1926 that the inside was painted, which took two years to do.  I love history, so this stop was very cool to see.Exterior of BasilicaDome of the Basilica

As I said earlier, Double D has a couple of friends that live there.  One evening, we drove up  to Random Lake, WI to visit.  We ate dinner at the Random Lake Pizzeria.  While the pizza we got was incredibly good, the thing that I enjoyed the most was the fresh farm strawberries that the owner shared with me.  He makes his own ice cream to sell at the shop, and one of the flavors that night was strawberry.  We got to talking, and I told him my story of picking wild strawberries out of our field when I was little, and that the taste couldn’t be beat.  He came back to our table with just a bowl of the little strawberries, which I have to say I ate like crazy.  What a wonderful memory to go with my childhood experiences.Fresh strawberries at the pizzeria

The next day we traveled to the Historic Third Ward, and walked around down there. It is a really cool area, with lots of shopping, all among the old warehouse buildings.  It also backs up to a river, so we hung out there a bit, watching people going by on kayaks and boats.Buildings along the river

We also ate lunch at the Milwaukee Public Market, which was a fun experience. We couldn’t buy too much food, because we were traveling, but our lunch was pretty tasty. Interior of the public market

We continued on to the Lakefront Brewery to go on a tour.  Let me tell you, it was hilarious!  Those guys must have so much fun at their jobs.  If you like beer, and laughing a lot, go ahead and take the tour.  It was fun, and you get to have several different kinds of beers. Front of Lakefront breweryLakefront brewery tour

That evening we traveled once again up to Port Washington to meet up with another friend. Port Washington has a quaint downtown area, and it’s right on Lake Michigan.  We went to the Upper Lake Park, which has a beautiful view. Port Washington view of lake michigan

We decided to take the 83 steps down to the beach area.  There were a lot of people playing in the water, but it did seem a bit cold for me.  We could also see the Breakwater Light from here. It was time to hike back up the 83 steps, but I was glad we did, because the view was amazing.Beach at Port Washington

We had dinner with Double D’s friend, and then we decided to walk out to the Breakwater Lighthouse.  They had been doing construction on the walkway, and had just opened it back up for people to go out to the light. A bit more information can be found at this website, and the second B&W picture on the right shows the length of the walkway. The walkway is about 2500 feet out to the lighthouse, which is a bit under half a mile. It was a beautiful evening, and a lot of people were out there fishing. Boats in Harbor2500 ft out to breakwater lightBreakwater light

And that was pretty much it, as the next day we headed back home.  Such a quick trip, but I know we can go back to do more. Had a great time in Wisconsin!

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Journal of Our Trip to Yellowstone, 2014

Journal of Our Trip to Yellowstone, 2014

Wow! What a beautiful place.  It has so much to see, all of it something unique to its area. We knew we wanted to stay long enough to enjoy all of it, so we planned to spend at least four days there. We actually arrived early enough in the day on Sunday that we were able to add an extra 1/2 day to that. I would recommend at least four, but probably more like five if you want to take your time, or if you want to hit all of the sites on the map. Be forewarned, this post has a lot of pictures, and will probably be the longest I have ever written:)

Day 1: South Entrance Road to West Yellowstone

We couldn’t check into our cabin that was located in West Yellowstone, MT, until later in the day. Double D’s brother and his family of five had traveled with us up from the south on Hwy 287 that eventually takes you right into the south entrance to Yellowstone. Since we knew we had some time to kill, we planned on stopping wherever we thought was a pretty place to get out, stretch our legs, and take some pictures.

The first stop was actually about five miles off the main highway, up a beautiful mountain road, to Brooks Lake.  This is in the Shoshone National Forest.  The views from there were just breathtaking, and the coolest thing was that we got to play around in some snow that was still piled up.  Snow in June is unheard of for our area, so it was very neat to see.

Brooks Lake

Brooks Lake, Shoshone National Forest


We got back in the vehicle and continued on to the Oxbow Bend of the Snake River, where we saw an even more beautiful scene of the Grand Teton mountain range in the distance.  Everything seemed so bright and blue that day.

Oxbow Bend Turnout on the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park

Oxbow Bend Turnout on the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park

A little bit on down the road, we got out along side the road to take pictures of Jackson Lake at an overlook. People were eating lunch along the shores, and enjoying the beauty.  This is a panoramic taken looking south to north along the mountains.

Jackson Lake Pano

Panoramic of Jackson Lake

Finally, we meandered enough to make it to the South Entrance of Yellowstone, where I snapped this picture as we drove by.  Yay!!!  It seemed like it took forever to get to this point, but I guess that’s what two days of driving will do.

Sign for Yellowstone at South Entrance

Sign for Yellowstone at South Entrance

The first falls that we stopped at were the Lewis Falls on the south end of Lewis Lake.  The weather was beautiful that day, and we hiked up a trail to get to the top of the falls. There was more snow to play in up there, and the water down below the falls was crystal clear.

Lewis Falls, Yellowstone

Lewis Falls at Yellowstone National Park

We were getting close to check-in time at the cabin, so we looked for something to do along the drive that wouldn’t involve a lot of time.  From Lewis Falls, we drove up to West Thumb, and went left, past the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins.  The sign for Firehole Falls came up, and so we turned down that road.  We figured we’d take a few photos, and get to the cabin in time for check-in. The falls were beautiful, with the water churning at the bottom and the sounds as water runs over the rocks. It is fed by the Firehole River.

Yellowstone, Firehole falls

Firehole Falls, along the Firehole Canyon Drive

We thought we would be smart and proceed to the cabin from there.  Little did we know that we would be sitting in a line of cars, waiting for 50 minutes, while one of the bison herds crossed the road through the Madison Valley. People were getting out of cars and walking to see what was the holdup. We finally found out when someone came back to a car that was waiting behind us.  Needless to say, we didn’t quite meet our 4:00 check-in time, but we did get to see a bison herd, and some cute little calves.

Bison Herd

Bison Herd in the Madison Valley, Yellowstone

Day 2: Madison to Norris Loop

Day 2 consisted of all the stops along the Grand Loop from Madison to Norris. One quick tip for future travelers: bring food with you.  There aren’t many places to eat inside the park, and we were starving by lunch time because we didn’t know this. The next day, we stocked up on snacks and drinks to carry with us.

We started with visiting Gibbon Falls, which is fed by the Gibbon River. It plunges 84 feet to the bottom.  Out of all the falls we visited, this one was in my top two for favorites.  There is just something majestic about it, and the observation area was nicely placed to be able to enjoy it.

Gibbon Falls

Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone

From there we stopped at Gibbon Meadows to take pictures of another bison herd.  In the picture below, you can see other thermal features, which are the white spots in the middle of the picture. We didn’t go any closer to the herd, but walking by the stream made for a relaxing stroll. The water wasn’t very deep at all, and was very clear.

Bison Herd and Thermal Features in the Gibbon Meadows

Gibbon Meadows

Artists’ Paint Pots was the next hike we went on.  The walk is about one mile around a thermal area consisting of mudpots, steam vents and small geysers. The view from the uphill climb is beautiful, with the different colors of the thermal features below you, and the Grand Tetons in the distance.

Artists' Paint Pots, Yellowstone

Steam Vents Along the Trail at Artists’ Paint Pots

Mud Pot at Artists' Paint Pots

Mud Pot at Artists’ Paint Pots

The Norris Geyser Basin was the next stop.  We only did the Porcelain Basin Trail, which was about 1/2 mile. This trail offered different views than we had the entire day, because of the cloudy, milky look of the water in the pools.  Other parts of the thermal features had vibrant oranges, which was created by iron oxides and arsenic mixed with bacteria. This was a wonderful trail that I really enjoyed.

Porcelain Basin Trail, Yellowstone

Porcelain Basin Trail, Norris Geyser Basin

Crackling Lake, Yellowstone

Crackling Lake at Norris Geyser Basin on the Porcelain Basin Trail

The sky in Yellowstone is equally amazing.  It seems to go forever, and it was always changing while we were there. Sometimes it would be cloudy, then come up with dark rain clouds, and then the sun would come out full force. This picture of a sundog was taken on the drive back to the cabin.  Another interesting thing about this picture is the trees. The taller ones are the ones that were there before the 1988 fire, and the shorter ones are the new growth. Whole areas of the park are like this.

Yellowstone Sundog

Sundog Above the Trees at Yellowstone

Day 3: Norris to Mammoth Hot Springs to Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon City Loop

This was the day we did the most driving, because we realized we might run out of time to do all of the figure 8 loop.  We decided to do the entire top of the 8 in one day, which probably wasn’t the smartest.  We were really tired that night when we finally made it back to the cabin. Also, there was road construction on the loop from Norris to Mammoth, so we had to wait in line for a 1/2 hour.

The first stop was at the Golden Gate Bridge.  A wooden bridge was first built in the late 1800s, but since then two concrete bridges have replaced it.  I can’t even imagine going over a wooden one since it was literally built into the side of a mountain.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge at Yellowstone

Just up the road were the Rustic Falls. This is fed by the Glen Creek, which plunges 47 feet to the bottom. We almost didn’t see this one because we had stopped at the turnout for information about the bridge, and didn’t even realize the falls were there until we were parking.

Rustic Falls in Yellowstone

Rustic Falls in Yellowstone

We got back in to drive up to Mammoth Hot Springs.  This part of the loop had some interesting rock formations that we hadn’t see anywhere else in the park.  We finally got to the Mammoth Hot Springs area, which seemed to go on forever.  There were a lot of boardwalks with three different parking areas to see all of the sights. Canary Springs and Minerva Terrace were just beautiful.  What I found the most interesting at this stop is that there were these dead trees just sticking up in a seemingly barren wasteland. I looked for dead trees at every stop we made after that, just because it was like they were taunting the harsh environment.

Canary Spring

Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone

Minerva Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone

Minerva Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone

After we stopped for a quick snack and some elk spotting, we continued our journey from Mammoth Hot Springs to the Tower-Roosevelt area. The first stop we came to was Undine Falls, which is actually a double waterfall which drops about 100 feet. We couldn’t get too close to it, but there was a trail that we walked down for a better view.

Undine Falls

Undine Falls, a Double Waterfall in Yellowstone

From there, we took a one way dirt road which headed onto the Blacktail Deer Plateau.  This was my favorite part of the whole trip. The dirt road eventually winds seven miles to connect back to the Grand Loop road, so I’m not sure what we missed by taking the drive.  However, what we did see from the drive was what really made it worth it. The views to the north of the peaks in the Gallatin National Forest were breathtaking and we saw an antelope chasing a coyote.  Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

Blacktail Deer Plateau

Blacktail Plateau Drive, Yellowstone

We continued to Tower Fall, but before we got there we stopped at a turnout and noticed there was a family of bighorn sheep, complete with a couple of babies, just grazing on the side of a hill.  We got some pictures of them and continued on to Tower Falls, which drops 132 feet before joining with the Yellowstone River. This was the fall that landscape artists painted in the 1800s, which in turn created support for making Yellowstone a national park.

Top View of Tower Fall in Yellowstone

Top View of Tower Fall in Yellowstone

Once we were done there, we continued on the rest of the loop to Canyon Village.  We got caught in another traffic jam, this time for a black bear with two cubs.  There wasn’t really anywhere to pull over, so my brother-in-law got out, took pictures, and we doubled back to pick him up. This was as close as I got to any bear the entire time we were there.

Driving on, this was actually my favorite part of the Grand Loop that we took, just because we were finally IN the mountains.  This part of the Grand Loop climbs the eastern part of the Washburn Range, including 8,849 foot Dunraven Pass and 10,243 foot Mount Washburn. Again, the views were breathtaking. Driving out of the mountains, we stopped at an overlook just to breath in the scenery and mountain air.

Dunraven Pass

Dunraven Pass in the Washburn Range of Yellowstone

Once we got to Canyon Village, we turned the vehicle towards the cabin.  We’d been in the SUV all day, and while everything was worth it, we were all exhausted.

Day 4: Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge to West Thumb Grand Loop

Wow!  Day 4 was an incredibly huge day as well.  Less driving, but we did a lot of walking, including two trails that had switchbacks featured, and saw some awe-inspiring sights. We started by driving to Canyon Village, where we turned to drive to the Lower Falls via the North Rim Drive.  We stopped first at the Grand View, which requires no trail walking. We saw an osprey that had created a nest on top of a tall spire of rock, and of course the view of the Lower Falls.

Grand view of Lower Falls

From the Grand View of the Lower Falls, Yellowstone


From there, we decided to take the trail down to Lookout Point, which was paved, but wet in spots.  The scenery along the trail made me want to stop and take pictures every two seconds.  The above picture shows the path down to the Lookout Point.  We were definitely getting closer to the falls, and the views from the bottom of the path were breathtaking. The white blob on the left side of the canyon is snow.

Lookout Point

Scenery Along the Trail Down to Lookout Point, Lower Falls

Lookout Point

Lookout Point of the Lower Falls, Yellowstone

In the above picture you can see the people gathered at the brink of the Lower Falls, just to the right of the start of the waterfall.  That would be our next stop.  First though, we had to climb back up to the Grand View Overlook, where we parked our vehicle.  Let’s just say going down was much easier than climbing back up:)

Grand View Overlook from the Bottom of Lookout Point

Grand View Overlook from the Bottom of Lookout Point

Once we struggled back up to the vehicle, we drove to the trail that takes you down to the brink of the Lower Falls. This trail was much easier in my opinion because they provided switchbacks, so there were times where it felt somewhat level as you were walking. We got to the bottom of the trail, but you could hear the roar from the water long before you made it down. It drops 308 feet to the bottom of the canyon. What a sight, and well worth the trek. Here is a picture from the platform at the top of the falls, and then looking down the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Brink of Lower Falls

Brink of Lower Falls in Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Going back up the trail, I did stop and take a picture of the Upper Falls.  Unfortunately, we didn’t take the time to visit the fall, so it was nice to be able to see it from the trail.

Upper Falls at Yellowstone

Upper Falls at Yellowstone

After climbing back up to the vehicle, it was on to the West Thumb area.  We did stop along the way, of course.  Hayden Valley was like an open oasis surrounded by trees.  This valley is home to bison, grizzly bears, elk, deer, moose, and wolves. Unfortunately, all we saw were bison, but there was a woman there that said they had seen bears at the same spot the night before.

Hayden Valley

Hayden Valley in Yellowstone

We also stopped at the Mud Volcano area, where my favorite spring was, the Dragon’s Mouth.  I wish I had taken video of it, because the rumbling coming from it actually sounded like what I would imagine a dragon would sound like.  It is caused by steam exploding through the water and echoing against the walls of hidden caverns within it. Very cool!

Dragon's Mouth

Dragon’s Mouth Spring in the Mud Volcano Area

On the way to West Thumb, we drove by Yellowstone Lake, which has a depth of about 400 feet in some places. Where we stopped, it was very windy and a bit chilly.

Yellowstone Lake, WY

Yellowstone Lake

Finally, we made it to the last stop of the day, which was the West Thumb Geyser Basin.  My niece played tour guide for this one, and read about each thermal feature out loud.  Hands down, our favorite one for this basin was the Black Pool, which we found out was a really dark color until the early 1990s when it began to heat up, killing the bacteria in the pool and changing the color to a really pretty sapphire color.  The name hasn’t changed though.  This one was also interesting because there were animal bones visible at the edge of the pool.

Black Pool, WY

Black Pool in the West Thumb Geyser Basin

Also at West Thumb is the Fishing Cone, located on the edge of Yellowstone Lake.  People would use it to cook the fish they caught still on the hook until that was banned in the early 1900s.

Fishing Cone Hot Spring in Yellowstone Lake

Fishing Cone Hot Spring in Yellowstone Lake

Day 5: Old Faithful to Madison Grand Loop

Day five was our last day at Yellowstone.  We started with visiting Old Faithful in the Upper Geyser Basin.  We actually got there right before it was scheduled to erupt, so we only waited about 15 minutes. It was very crowded, but I think that must be because it has a regular schedule, and it goes off multiple times a day, unlike others that have a +/- 4 hour window. It was a pretty cool experience to see it erupt, shooting about 130 feet in the air.

Old Faithful, Yellowstone

Old Faithful Geyser Erupting at Approximately 9:30 AM

We also toured the Old Faithful Inn.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but really, I ended up wishing we could have stayed one night there.  The ambiance was impressive, with the views of Old Faithful from the decks, and the old fireplace in the middle of the open area.  Even with all the people milling about, it seemed like we could be standing there in the early 1900s.

Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone

Old Faithful Inn, Upper Geyser Basin

After Old Faithful, we really wanted to see Morning Glory Pool, so we walked the trail that leads up to the pool.  Along the way, we saw some of the most active thermal features that we had seen the entire time we were in the park.  Castle Geyser was very active, and the Sawmill Geyser was going while we were there.  The Sawmill was my favorite because it was spasmodic, and the wind was carrying the water to the boardwalk where we were standing. Even the water drops were warm. Also, this is where we saw the steam vents along the Firehole River. Seems like an appropriate name.

Castle Geyser, Yellowstone

Castle Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin

Sawmill Geyser, Yellowstone

Sawmill Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin

Firehole River, Upper Geyser Basin

Steam Vents along the Firehole River

Finally we came to the Morning Glory Pool.  People have thrown objects in the pool, clogged the vent at the bottom, which resulted in a lowered temperature.  The lower temp causes bacteria with different colors to thrive so the color has changed from a beautiful blue color to what we have today. Personally, I think Morning Glory is still beautiful with its different colors, but it’s never a good thing to vandalize.

Morning Glory yellowstone

Morning Glory Pool at the Upper Geyser Basin

From there, the trail changes to a gravel hiking trail that leads to Biscuit Basin.  Double D and I decided to hike over to Biscuit Basin, and the others went back to Old Faithful to get the vehicle. The trail was only about a mile, and it took us through a beautiful wooded area, with other thermal features along the way.  The whole time we were walking, I was seriously afraid of encountering a bear, but we didn’t, and only passed one other couple.  It was an amazingly peaceful hike.

 Trail from Morning Glory to Biscuit Basin, Yellowstone

Hiking Trail from Morning Glory to Biscuit Basin

We had time to visit the Sapphire Pool at Biscuit Basin before the others came to pick us up. It was an intense blue color, and had these ledges that looked really inviting to sit on, kind of like a hot tub.

Sapphire Pool, Yellowstone

Sapphire Pool at Biscuit Basin


We also stopped at Midway Geyser Basin to see Excelsior Geyser and the Grand Prismatic Spring.  Unfortunately, it was windy that day, and the steam was heading right for us, so we didn’t get a great look at either one. Also, the trail to view Grand Prismatic from up above was closed. The Excelsior is interesting in that it had violent eruptions in the 1880s, and then was dormant until the 1980s, where it erupted but only for two days. Maybe it only erupts every 100 years?

Excelsior Geyser, Yellowstone

Excelsior Geyser, Midway Geyser Basin

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone

Grand Prismatic Spring at Midway Geyser Basin

And the final stop was at the Lower Geyser Basin.  There was a lot to see there including the Fountain Paintpot, Silex Spring and the Red Spouter, which was my favorite at this spot.  In the spring, it bubbles red mud, and then in the summer and fall, it becomes a steam vent when the water table recedes. It was created by an earthquake in 1959.  Just further proof that Yellowstone is constantly changing.

Red Spouter, Yellowstone

Red Spouter at Lower Geyser Basin

We decided that our feet had had enough of walking, so on the way back to the cabin some of us got out of the vehicle and decided to wade in one of the shallow creeks.  The water was so refreshing and clear, but it was on the chilly side after being in it for a while. What a wonderful way to end our trip to Yellowstone though. The next day we packed up and headed home.

Below are some of my personal favorites.  There was so much to see, so I did have a hard time narrowing them down.

Favorite Loop: Mammoth Hot Springs to Canyon Village

Favorite Drive off of Grand Loop: Blacktail Plateau Drive

Favorite Trail: Connecting Morning Glory Pool to Biscuit Basin

Favorite Basin: Porcelain Basin

Favorite Lake: Brooks Lake

Favorite Falls: Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Favorite Mudpot: Fountain Paint Pot, Lower Geyser Basin

Favorite Geyser: Sawmill Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin

Favorite Spring: Dragon’s Mouth Spring, Mud Volcano area

Favorite Pool: Black Pool, West Thumb

Favorite Fumarole: Red Spouter, Lower Geyser Basin

Favorite Animal: Chipmunks


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Trip to Memphis

Trip to Memphis

Well, we finally made it to Memphis this year.  We were going to go in July, but had a major set back happen to a family member, so we scratched that plan.  I have to admit, I am kind of glad we did, since it was hot and muggy in October.  I can’t imagine what July would have been like. It was a family trip, since my mom had always wanted to visit Graceland. We all piled into the Expedition, and took off.

The first stop, once we got there, was Beale Street.  I am a huge fan of blues music, and love to see live music.  We walked around for a bit, and listened to all the sounds that were coming from the open doorways of places along the street. We finally made it over to B.B. King’s Blues Club and listened to a great live band, one that had an electronic organ, some drums, a guitar, and a singer. We ate some good ol’ southern shrimp and grits, and had a grand time. William Handy, father of the blues

BB King's Restaurant and Blues clubThe next day, we all made the visit to Graceland. To me, it was a very modest representation of his wealth. You could definitely tell the rooms were stuck in time, but I think that added to the tour.  The most amazing part to me were the halls decorated from floor to ceiling with his records that were all framed. Even the racquetball court was completely covered with framed records. What a testimony to how popular Elvis was. Another thing I didn’t know was that Elvis’ family members, as well as himself, were buried on the Graceland property. We took the Platinum tour, and got to tour the mansion, a few other exhibits, and the airplanes. Whew! It was hot an muggy that day, but we all survived.Monument for Elvis Presley at GracelandElvis Fan Detector on the way to the planes

Elvis Presley Blvd, MemphisThat night we went to eat at Bosco’s Restaurant & Brewing Company. It was very good food, and the beer was excellent.  I had their Scottish Ale that night. The brewery was also in a different part of Memphis, in the Midtown/Cooper Young district, so we had to drive, enabling us to see one of the universities, as well as some beautiful neighborhoods.

On Sunday, we went to the zoo first, since it opened the earliest.  We all love zoos, and the Memphis Zoo is quite beautiful. I had never seen a panda in real life, and so that was one of the main reasons I wanted to go. Hieroglyphics at the Memphis ZooUnfortunately, neither one was inclined to move around at all, but they still looked pretty cuddly.  Thankfully also, Memphis had a cool down that day, so it was about 12 degrees cooler.  Such a nice day for a walk through a zoo. Panda playing Peek-a-Boo

Pair of Eagles at the Memphis ZooWe spent all of the morning at the zoo, grabbed a quick bite to eat for lunch, and then went to the National Civil Rights Museum, at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot in 1968. The Lorraine Motel was designated an historic site by the Tennessee Historical Commission.  I personally was very moved by the somber feeling and reverence of the site. It was such a sad experience, especially when I was wondering how much more Dr. King could have accomplished had he lived. I am so glad I got the opportunity to visit. National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis

Sign for M.L. King Ave.After the museum, we had some time to kill before going to eat, so we went down to one of the parks by the Mississippi River and walked around a bit. The breadth of that river is quite impressive, and it was moving fast that day.  Fortunately, it was far from being flooded.

We had to get some BBQ while we were in Memphis, and so we chose Central BBQ.  It was adjacent to the Museum, and oh my, was it tasty. We found somewhere online that said it was the #2 place to try for barbeque in Memphis.  Number 1 was Rendevous, but it is closed on Sundays.Central BBQ in Memphis

The next day we packed up and headed for home, stopping along the way at Lambert’s Cafe, Home of the Throwed Rolls.  We had been there before, but had a three hour wait to get a table.  This time, it was a Monday, so we only had to wait about 15 minutes to sit down. The rolls really are their claim to fame, and literally melt in your mouth.  There is no way I could recreate them at home.

Well, that is pretty much it.  We took lots of pictures, had lots of fun, walked many miles, and ate way too much really good food. Isn’t that part of traveling though, eating what you can’t get at home?  We always make sure that we do that:)

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