Monday, March 23, 2009


We are so glad we stopped to see Graceland and the surroundings, as it reminded us of two things -
1) How simple things were back in the 50's!! (Makes you want to go back!) There is a lot of beautiful property around Graceland, but the house itself is not the mega-thing we see today from people with a little money. I suppose that to a 22 year old who was raised in a 2 room house, the Graceland house was BIG. But, even in his 40's - when he died - Graceland was still his home. While some of the decor is 'interesting', the house is pretty basic.
2) How enthralled people of all ages are of Elvis - even today. Makes you wonder what keeps everyone so attached to him - and if that would be so if he were still alive today.

After the tour of Graceland, including his two planes, we hopped a ride to downtown Memphis to see the Peabody hotel (had a cocktail here) and Beale St - where we had our BBQ dinner and walked a few blocks being reminded or a miniature New Orleans.

Saturday we drove through more really beautiful country of rolling hills with ranches and farms on our way to Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, AL. This wonderful park high above Huntsville was our camp for the night. We even cooked - lemon, dijon mustard chicken, pasta and peas. Then I skunked Gary at a game of scrabble!!

Sunday we began our golf at the first of the Robert Trent Jones courses we will be playing here in AL - Hampton Cove River course. This is a good news/bad news course! 16 of the 18 holes had water - BUT, there is no sand! Not one trap/bunker. YEAH for that - as the water took enough of our balls.

After a nice round of golf yesterday, we headed to Hoover (just outside of Birmingham) and checked into a Marriott Renaissance for the next 5 days. Today was a down day - manicures and massages - soooooo relaxing. Now just waiting for friends from CA to arrive and 3 days of golf coming up.

Can't think of anything else to pass on - except that we were sure glad to see a 500 point day on the market today! Think we might now be able to pay for this trip! More in a few days - E&G

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