Wednesday, February 22, 2012: Ryan Brim
Today, day one of our trip, we arrived in Arkansas around 7:30am and made it into Tennessee not long after. This is my first trip to Tennessee, and I was looking forward to seeing Memphis.
The first place that we stopped at was Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. Even though there were seven of us, we failed at finishing our 20-piece chicken platter. The food was great there, and our waitress, Jennifer, was very friendly. I even tried fried green tomatoes and fried pickles for the very first time. We loaded up into the car for our next stop, and even though Christian had said he was full, he immediately started to eat from his bag of snacks.
Next, the Junior Fellows and I visited the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Museum provided an interesting timeline of civil rights history, offering many interactive exhibits (which I always like) and some disturbing photographs of racism. The photos of lynching were the hardest to look at. There wasn’t, however, much about Gandhi, which I thought was a little odd.
After picking out a few souvenirs at the Civil Rights Museum Gift Store, we headed to Sun Studio, home of many famous stars, such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison. I bought a metal Sun Studio Record to hang on my wall, and we listened to Sun Studio Music in the car the rest of the day.
After that we drove to a park down by the Mississippi River, and the Junior Fellows and I had a photo op while posing on public art. We checked into our hotel, which we found easily, and then we had dinner around 7:30pm at a place on Beale Street called King’s Palace. The food there was good, but the bread pudding that I probably shouldn’t have eaten was even better.
It was a good first day, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow…except for getting up early.