Monday, July 4, 2016

Ellis Family Road Trip 2016: Part 2

and the story continues...

Tuesday June 28, 2016:

After breakfast we left Ringgold GA and headed toward Alabama. We crossed over a time zone line and had to set all our clocks back one hour. We decided to stop at The US Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville. I never knew the interesting history behind this place.  During WWII Germany was already developing a rocket, so our government brought several German scientists to our country when the war ended. Huntsville played a very vital and  important role in the development of our space science and exploration. I never expected the museum to be so interesting.   I would definitely recommend this as a stop if you are ever in the Huntsville Alabama area.

Moon Rock

After leaving Huntsville we headed toward Hartselle to surprise some old friends with a visit. I had been in contact with their daughter and the two of us had kept everything a secret. To say the family was surprised would be an understatement.  The fellowship and hospitality were wonderful and the meal that Ms.Kerri and her girls prepared was excellent.  We spent about 5 hours just visiting and reminiscing. My girls loved the stop as they made new friends. In fact they didn't want to leave, but sadly we did have to continue our travels.  As we left my heart was full of joy from seeing them and empty at having to leave them.  Bro. Patrick and his family are wonderful people and I consider it an honor to call them friends.

We drove a couple of hours after we left their house and ended up spending the night in Fulton Mississippi at the Holiday Inn Express.  It was around 11:30 when we arrived at the hotel and we were exhausted.

Wednesday June 29,2016:

Today we headed toward Tupelo Mississippi and stopped at the Birthplace of Elvis Presley. It was interesting to see the humble beginnings of Elvis and learn about his early life.

After Tupelo we headed north to Memphis and stopped by to visit Graceland. I guess you could say Wednesday was our Elvis day. It was sad to tour his home and know that he passed away in that very house just a few feet from where you were touring.  Elvis was a very talented and giving man. I wonder how happy he really was?

After leaving Memphis we crossed over the Mississippi and headed for Arkansas.

We ended up spending the night in West Memphis at the Days Inn. I have to say I was not super happy with the choice. The room was perfect for spending the night and letting the kids play in the pool.  Unfortunately it was not the quietest place, perhaps due to being right next door to the Dog Track and Casino.  We got what sleep we could and looked forward to the following morning. 

to be continued.....

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