Elvis and Ole Miss

Elvis_and_Ole_MissSunday I arrived in the land of Elvis. My departure from Seattle en route to Little Rock did not come off like clock work, in fact because of the ‘clock’ I missed my initial flight. Undaunted by the circumstance, I rescheduled the flight and finally made my destination some four hours later than I should have.

I met my coworker and we immediately began our drive to our first weigh (sp) point. We decided to stop by Graceland since it was just a few miles off the highway, south of Memphis. Too late for a tour or to actually see the mansion, a photo-op with the famous sign had to suffice. This location, just south of Memphis, is a part of world folklore. I even saw the two jet he used to travel in. The famous one being the Lisa Marie, a vintage Boeing 707.

Night engulfed us as we continue on our way to Oxford Mississippi where we planned to remain for two nights. For those of you who are not up on your Civil Rights Movement history, Oxford, the home of Ole Miss (University of Mississippi), is the place where on September 30th, 1962,Federal Marshalls escorted James Meredith onto the campus to be the first black student to enroll there. I drove threw the streets in town where all of this took place. Twice in 24 hours I touched history. Simply amazing.

More travel updates to come!

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6 Responses

  1. **** says:

    Oh I would love to tour the mansion—just to see all that velure (sp?) in person would be quite something. I always remember that Elvis loved P-nut butter and banana sandwhiches—did they serve those for 80 cents? Sounds fabulous–hope you have a wonderful time!

  2. Tim H says:

    Mark – I didn't even realize the Ole Miss history until I got on site and started to talk so some of the folks. I have more of an appreciation for the effort these men made to demand fair treatment. I think we're all better for their work. James Meredith was shot dead a few years later while trying to leading a March out of Memphis, to a Mississippi location.

    Evi – This trip has been fun thus far. About the time I get used to the time zone difference I will be returning the the west coast. That's the only down side.

    Sandy – Sorry, no Graceland in this trip. I'll plan that for the next time I'm enjoying southern hospitality. I'll also make sure I fly into Memphis instead of Little Rock too.

    Ann – It has been loads of fun. Today we ate lunch at a little boutique/sandwich shop in Bruce (town where the mill is). We walked there from the mill, and get this, the sandwiches were only 80 cents! Simply amazing. XOXOXO

  3. unknown says:

    Sounds like fun! xxxooo

  4. Sandy B says:

    My daughter was in Mississippi twice after hurricane Katrina as the Red Cross's youngest volunteer from the area (she was barely 18). I hope you do get to tour Graceland and see that famous ceiling and jungle room (I wonder if there's a cafe that serves fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches?)

  5. Evi says:

    Nice to know about your little adventures. Hope this trip will be not only useful but very pleasant too.

  6. sdastroguy says:

    I've only been down that way once. And I have to admit that I didn't visit Graceland. Still, it's cool that you were able to see it. I had forgotten about UM though. Thanks for reminding us about the significance of what happened down there.