Good Times in Memphis
Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
33Trip End Jun 28, 2008
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Our first stop was the National Civil Rights Museum http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/ . The museum contains a ton of information and was very interesting for TJ and me. It was a little overwhelming for the kids. It is a path through the history of equal rights and is mostly pictures, written narration and quotes. It took a lot of reading and we spent much of our time reading to the kids. As adults, we would have used the headphones, but we needed to be focused on the kids. They were able to participate in a few exhibits like the Rosa Parks experience on the bus and some of the freedom rides.
We spent the night in an RV park. RV parks that have longer term tenants have a culture of their own. You immediately meet people who tell you their stories and want to know all about yours. They are quite friendly genuinely nice.
There are certain times in life one remembers when time stands still and all is as it should be at that moment. We experience that as a family Saturday evening when we took a walk in the park down to the Mississippi river. We all climbed a magnificent tree that had branches just made for climbing. The kids were able to climb about 40 feet in the air. We walked in the park, the sun was setting, the kids rolled down the grassy hill, ....all was as it should be, a memory was made.
Sunday morning brought us to Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church http://www.mbccmemphis.org/ , an African American church of about three thousand or morewww.coolchurch.com where the services are kept short in order to facilitate the multiple services on Saturday night and Sunday morning. It was a great cultural experience for the children.
Memphis will be fondly remembered by the Johnson family as filled with great experiences. On Sunday afternoon our last great experience we owe to David and Debbie Stockwell who told us about Mud Island www.mudisland.com . Mud Island is located downtown Memphis on the river. It's a mud and silt island that first appeared in 1900 and permanently remained since 1913. The city made a park out of the island which is absolutely fabulous. The island is home to an outdoor amphitheater, Mississippi River museum, boat docks and our favorite, the river walk. The river walk is a concrete topographical replica of the Mississippi River with water flowing through it. Every 30" or large step equals one mile. The kids waded and play in the water. The Mississippi ends in a replica of the Gulf of Mexico which the children played and got all wet. Thanks David and Debbie for letting us know about this spot, it was a winner.