Miles traveled: 171.4
Miles traveled to date: 4290.3
States visited today: 2 – Tennessee, Arkansas
States visited to date: 13
Tanks of gas pumped to date: 14
Loads of Laundry: 17
Today, we explored Memphis by seeing the Peabody Hotel Ducks walk the red carpet from the elevator to the fountain, taking the trolley, visiting the Bass Pro Shops pyramid, eating BBQ while listening to live music on Beale Street, and walking the half mile replica of the Mississippi River at Mud Island park, then drove to Little Rock for the night.
Getting some delicious breakfast at a local doughnut and pastry shop
After a rather terrible breakfast experience at the hotel, we had an absolutely wonderful breakfast experience at a local donut and pastry shop.
Seeing the Peabody Hotel Ducks walk the red carpet
We used the trolley to get around Memphis. It had a beautiful wood interior and everyone we met was really friendly.
Visiting the Bass Pro Shops Pyramid
This is a photo of the Bass Pro Shops Pyramid, which was formerly an arena, but was converted into a combination retail store and hotel.
The inside of the pyramid was a mix of the giant fish-filled pond, fake trees, a real dock traversing the pond, retail space on the first and second floors, and a hotel on the third floor.
Eating lunch and listening to live music at a BBQ & blues joint on Beale Street
Rayleigh tried alligator for the first time and liked it.
Exploring the Mississippi River replica on Mud Island
This was just a small part of the Mississippi River replica. It stretched for half a mile.
Collapsing in a heap at the end of a long day
At the end of a long day, the kids needed mommy snuggles. Other photos from today
Grayson was excited to go see the ducks.
The Peabody Hotel Ducks, on the job swimming in the fountain from 11-5 daily.
She’s never too old to hug her mama.
The Bass Pro Shops giant pyramid had these artificial ponds in it stocked with huge fish. Most were this size, which were over a foot each, and there were a few monsters swimming around that were over three feet long.
In a (thankfully separate) tank they had alligators.
Kelsey found some giant pool noodles and immediately turned them into weapons. Being good students, the kids followed suit.
“Can I get this, mom? I think it will fit in the trunk.” When Kelsey said no, he asked for a pontoon boat. When she said no to that, he asked for an airplane. Maybe we should have said yes to the ATV?
This was a pretty realistic fake tree inside the pyramid.
Dillon got a duck call from Grandpa for his birthday, so he was interested in the duck call display.
Ainsley and Grayson dancing to the music in King’s Palace on Beale Street in Memphis.
We found Johnny Cash’s bronze note on Beale Street.
We found this mini-pyramid in a park.
The monorails were unfortunately out of commission, so we walked the skywalk from Memphis to Mud Island to see the Mississippi River replica.
Both sides of the skywalk had this design painted on them, so we played “follow the yellow brick road.”
In warmer months, this wall is a fountain that fills the replica of the Mississippi River, which flows down to the replica of the Gulf of Mexico.
Ainsley walked the entire length of the Mississippi River replica, which is half a mile long.
A giant egg! Because, why not? And now for your moment of zen…
At last, some low-cal water!
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