Most of last week was spent on the road, which really wasn't all that bad. Not bad at all considering it began with a little of this:
...at my parents' house for Easter.
I absolutely LOVE going home. And freshly boiled crawfish isn't too shabby either :)
A couple of days later, it was time to hit the road again en route to Tupelo, where I was looking forward to attending the Public Relations Association's annual state conference.
The whole 3-day event was Elvis-themed, which I was pretty pumped about. I mean, who doesn't love a little Elvis?
The conference was really nice - we were able to hear from the VP of Marketing for GRACELAND (can you IMAGINE?), which, let's face it, was the main reason I wanted to go.
Plus, we were treated to two performances by the talented Memphis Jones.
If you're ever around Memphis and get a chance to hear him, I HIGHLY recommend doing so. He was hilarious in addition to being a being a crazy great performer.
Once the conference wrapped on Friday, I figured I'd make a quick pit stop by the Elvis birthplace since my hotel was only a mile away from it. I originally thought I'd just pop in, grab something fun for my grandmother (who's a huge fan of The King, by the way), and be back on the road within 30 minutes or so.
Ohhhhh was I wrong. This place was GREAT. I left a little over TWO HOURS later. Oops =)
First up, Elvis's HOUSE!
If I understood correctly, the house and museum is still on the original property! In the late 1950's, Elvis (already a superstar) visited his hometown for a benefit concert and wanted to see his childhood home. When he saw it was for sale, he convinced the city to purchase the land and turn it into a park for children.
The house has since been restored to its original condition. It's just a two-room house that Elvis's dad built himself on a $180 loan from his employer.
Elvis was born in this room. This VERY ROOM!
And a few years back, the museum had his childhood church building moved to the property, and restored it to its original look and feel.
The museum did a short presentation about the church, and I MAY OR MAY NOT have hummed along to a hymn or two.
Then there was the "Elvis at 13" statue...
It was way more than I thought it would be, and I'm so glad I had a few extra minutes (or hours :) ) to spare. Something I would highly recommend if you ever find yourself near the Tupelo area.
There were people there from Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin (maybe?), and more. But I was easily the youngest person there by a good 30-35 years. YES!
Happy trails, friends!