Yesterday was a busy day in Memphis. We left around 9:00 am and headed to the Stax Museum. If you ever come to Memphis this is a must see. We began out tour with a 20 minute video that really got you in the mood for the whole museum. They went over the history of the blues in Memphis and throughout the rest of the nation. It was very cool. After the film, you walk through the rest of the museum. They have costumes, guitars, a sound studio, and Isaac Hayes Cadillac from Shaft. We dressed up at the end and took a picture with the Cadillac and the Stax sign on a green screen. It was fun.
By the end of the museum we were starved, so we headed over the Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. The fried chicken is to die for. Derek wanted to beg the owner to open in Laguna. They had amazing coconut pie that was deep fried as well. This was not a healthy meal. We ate fried chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, mac & cheese. Yum! I am not kidding, we may be too fat for the trailer to haul us to our next stop. We need to get out of this town though!
After lunch we headed over the a Metal Museum. They had a lot of cool artists on display. It was pretty interesting. This was a quick stop. We were in and out of this museum in about 30 minutes. The title pretty much sums up what the place had on display. Everything was metal. Metal doors, metal figurines, and other metal artwork. Oh, my favorite was a metal sculpture of a pregnant womb. I took a picture and told my mom I bought this for her birthday and we would display it in the entry way of the house. #Sarcasm
Devlin was getting a little cranky and wanted to play, so we found a children's museum. This was very cool! The boys played checkers, while McKinley climbed all over blocks and played with a few other kids. We milked a plastic cow, which hurt by the way. The cow tells you facts while you milk it, and Devlin really enjoyed it. McKinley looked confused. There were so many neat things here to do. We spent 3 hours playing, and then went outside to the play yard. It was nice for the kids to get there energy out, while Marty and I were able to rest a bit.
We made a pit stop by a grocery store to get a few things before making our way back to the trailer. Marty rested for 20 minutes while I put the groceries away, and then we went back out for dinner. We ate at The Germantown Commissary. The BBQ Nachos were amazing! They were smothered with spicy cheese, pulled pork and bbq sauce. Seriously good! Derek got the Boss Hog, Marty and I had pulled pork and pulled turkey sandwiches. Devlin & McKinley shared with Derek. He really had enough food to feed all of us. He is ecstatic to eat the leftovers this morning.
After we ate, we headed over to Levitt for a concert and to meet up with the University of Memphis Head Coach and her family. By the time we got here, the place was so packed. There was literally no place to park and the kids were exhausted. We just didn't have it in us to find a parking spot and walk a long distance to the concert. McKinley was cranky at the restaurant, and there was a very loud party behind us, so we were a bit agitated on the way over.
As we made our way back to the trailer, I got off on the wrong exit and we ended up at the Bass Pro Shop which is a giant pyramid. GIANT does not even describe how big this place is, and how crowded it was inside. This had to be the size of 3 or 4 Costco locations combined. Marty forgot his fishing pole at home, and the kids wanted to sleep in today and then go fishing. So we stopped and went inside. There was a shooting range arcade for kids, and so much stuff on display. It was pretty neat. My friend Paige has been telling me to stop at the Bass Pro Shop in Dallas when I have been in town, but I just never made time to do it. Finding a parking spot was just like it is at home at Costco on a Friday afternoon. This was Saturday night!
Marty got 2 fishing poles and we headed back to the trailer to call it a night. We saw fireflies along the sides of the road as we drove back. They are too cool! We don't get anything like that in Southern California. This is the only bug I like here though. I feel like I am a feast for bugs. I have bites all over, and I am the only one. It's ridiculous. They don't like the kids or Marty, but they LOVE me! Bug spray seems to be a perfume that makes them flock to me, because I have practically bathed in a bottle each day and it doesn't help! Unfortunately, I know there is only more to come.
Today we are doing laundry, fishing and working from the trailer. This evening we have reservations at Flight, and we are going to the Peabody to see the ducks march at 5:00 pm. It should be a pretty relaxing day.