My nieces - my cousin's daughters - came to Memphis for their yearly visit this week, so I took it upon myself to show them as much of Memphis as I could before my brother arrived home on Saturday night. We made a few tentative lists before they arrived so as to maximize our time, and then each day one of them would choose the following day's activities and meals.
In just a few short days we managed to visit the following places:
We also participated in two of Backbeat's tours - the Walking Ghost Tour and the Extended Mojo Tour - and we ran the Bardog Breakaway 5K for St Jude on Sunday, so I think we made the most of our days.
And on Saturday, they surprised my brother at the airport. We timed their visit so that it would coincide with the Brother's trip home, and we managed to keep it a secret from him for the last 2 months, so he had no idea. They made a sign for him, borrowed a sombrero from my room, and accompanied my mother and me to the airport.
other highlights included: sleeping in my own bed again; saw the Walsh siblings and Dillard at the race on Sunday; Brother Bear came home; started updating my resume.
Probably my greatest accomplishment from the week was introducing the girls to the awesome-ness that is The Mighty Ducks. 9-year-old me was ecstatic.
|[hello, family meal at gus's. it's good to be back]|
- Gus's Fried Chicken
- Blue Plate Cafe
- Stax Museum of American Soul Music
- The Arcade Restaurant
- Sun Studio
- Central BBQ
|[oh, you know. biker night on beale st. no big deal]|
|[exterior of the stax museum, the birthplace of american soul music]|
|[collage of our day at the stax museum]|
|[the gayoso building downtown, home of one of memphis' newest - and most vicious - ghosts]|
|[outside grawemeyer's, home of memphis' haunted piano]|
|[our day on the extended mojo tour included a lot of memphis history, both music and otherwise]|
|[the million dollar quartet: elvis jamming with jerry lee lewis, carl perkins, and johnny cash. what i wouldn't give to have been a fly on that wall]|
|[the dj booth from where dewey phillips first broadcast 'that's alright mama' and then interviewed elvis for the first time]|
|[pretending to be the musical host of the tour. i was pretty awesome]|
|[with my girls after our 5k on sunday]|
|[mother and me at the aerotropolis]|
|[hiding from the brother]|
|[complete and total surprise]|
|[pretty sunrise on my friday morning walk with my mother]|