Callin Elvis

Trip Start Jul 31, 2013
Trip End Sep 06, 2013

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

  I don't know quite what I was expecting from Graceland.  By today's standards you wouldn't call it a mansion, but then back in the 60's I guess it was considered quite opulent, certainly for a 22 year old to own.  Elvis bought Gracelands for $100,000.  The house was named after the previous owners wife who happened to be called Grace.  The tour of the house is of the downstairs rooms only, surprisingly the rooms are not big.  The entire house was re-decorated in the 70's and certainly reflects the fashion trends of that era.  A bit gaudy for my taste.  The adjoining buildings house the hundreds of gold & platinum discs he was awarded, plus some of his stage outfits, his and Priscilla's wedding outfits,  a wall adorned with receipts showing his endless contributions to charities, and heaps of other memorabilia relating to his recordings and the films he made.
 Fred had a very emotional moment in this building, and I have to admit visiting his home and seeing and listening to him is a very overwhelming experience.  My thoughts are that he was a very simple soul who liked to keep his family and friends close, loved to play music, gave a lot of money away to those who needed his help and didn't really want too much more.  He didn't drink, his problem was drugs, he tried to burn the candle both ends and paid the price.  During his comeback shows in Vegas in 1968 he did two shows a night for thirty nights.  He broke all records regarding the number of people who came to see his show.  " I  have never seen so much energy on a stage before or since, it must have taken a lot out of him."  Was a comment made by one of the Casino managers  regarding Elvis's performances.   There was also an interview with Tom Jones who was  playing Vegas at the time.  He said. "They would meet up in Elvis's penthouse after their respective shows and jam till 6am in the morning.  I guess he used drugs to keep up the pace.
 We also got to see his car collection and his private jet, which was really something.  Even if you weren't an Elvis fan you'd still be blown away by a visit to Graceland.We had lunch back at the park before setting off for Nashville.  We arrived at Jellystone RV Park at 4.30pm had a swim then took a shuttle into Nashville.
 Yee Ha!  I loved Nashville, it was alive and kicking.  We stayed on Broadway St as there is no cover charge to go into the bars on that street.  I can't even guess at the number of  bars and restaurants there are on both sides of the street all playing live music, it was pumping and the beer was cheap.  Loved the shops selling all the western gear, met a few parties of girls on a Hen's night all dressed up in their best cowgirl outfits.  One of these groups asked Fred & I to escort them across the road. " No problems Mam, glad to help out."  said Fred in his best country drawl.  Nashville is definitely worth a visit.   My only disappointment was not getting a glimpse of the famous Grand Opry.
25/8/13 Virginia - Wytheville RV Park
 Ever since Mississippi the countryside has been green, and as we crossed the county line from Tennessee into Virginia it's become even greener.  Lovely rolling hills with picture perfect farm houses.  There are places where you might even think you were in England.There's not a lot to write about today, we had a pit stop in Knoxville and that was about it.  Matt was very excited about a street called Gay St.We have almost come full circle, we started our camping trip back in the Yosemite National Park where we were reminded about not having food in the tent because of bears.  Since then we have been mindful of coyotes, bob cats, mountain lions, tarantulas and scorpions.  It appears we are back to being mindful about bears again.   We've been told to lock away food as they do have unwanted visitors to the park, basically we are not home and dried just yet.  Oh! forgot to mention we've come across a few black widow spiders in the process of putting up our tents.  Nice!  
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Caz on

Dont expect the locals will see the similarily in their scenery and England seeing as they've never heard of England

Matron on

Always think of lovely Paul McGlyn when I see Elvis. X

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