After leaving the 24HHH in Arkansas we made a plan to take a couple days on the southern route through Tennessee to visit Memphis and Nashville. We figured there is no way we could drive through Memphis without stopping off for a visit to Graceland. When we first pulled up to the parking lot we both shared the same feeling of “this is not what I expected”. We purchased our tickets and were then directed to a shuttle bus which took us across the street and into a gated compound. Aha, now this is what I imagined. We drove up a long driveway toward Elvis’s beautiful home, Graceland. After being instructed on what to do and where to go, we began the tour of his home, the real deal, all the furniture and appliances and art work everything, was his, it was really cool. We took loads of shots of the house.
This home and the 13 acres of property was purchased by Elvis in the mid 50′s for only $100,000!
When Elvis was young, he promised his parents that one day he would make it big and when he did he would take care of them and offer them a lifestyle they couldn’t otherwise afford, and he did! His parents moved in with him and his family after he purchased Graceland.
There were a few detached buildings from the main house, Vernon’s office (Elvis’s Dad) where he collected fan mail among other things, a racquet ball house, a trophy house and a meditation garden.
Of course, you cannot be the King of Rock and not own your own fleet of cars and private jets!
Elvis spent $500K for the plane and another $250K removing the 96 seats and decking it out to become a home in the air.
Graceland was a really good experience and we recommend it to anyone passing through Memphis!!
We continued east making a quick stop in Nashville for dinner, we didn’t do or see much but we had a great meal at Merchant’s Cafe on Broadway
We finally made it back to the east coast and stopped at the New River Gorge for a couple days of climbing at Sandstonia and Summersville.
And that was it!! The end!! We have officially wrapped up our 15 months of wandering the planet and now we are back in good old VA preparing ourselves to face reality and responsibility : )
Check back in in a couple weeks and we’ll be blogging about our upcoming nuptials!