We are in West Memphis, Arkansas, which is just across the river from Memphis Tennessee. Feel like we are back in Mississippi.
This is the heart of the blues and there is a good reason for it. Folks are poor in this area and don't have much to show for their labor.
The RV park we are in is wonderful and so separate from the town. A levee is between us and West Memphis, we are on the river side, so occasionally this is a flood zone. Last big flood was in 2009 when the river flooded due to rain / snow melt on the Ohio River, which falls into the Mississippi here. It is a gradual thing, so folks have time to prepare. I am attaching a link of the RV park so you can see their pictures. They are still working on getting all the sites in working order, takes time.
When we got here it was windy, but was not expected to last....famous last words. It stayed extremely windy(25-30 mph) and then thunderstorms and heavy rain. We spent about 30 hours just rocking and rolling, which made sense since rock and roll started here in Memphis also. It was not a fun time. I really have a problem when it gets that way. I am always concerned that we might tip over. Fred says we won't but he is still not able to reassure me of that. Don't know how long, if ever, it'll take me to relax when we are in a strong wind situation.
So the really odd thing is that camped next to us are an Amish couple. They are in their simple clothes, him in black pants, white shirt and black hat; she is wearing a blue skirt, blue short cape and white lace cap covering her hair. They are from Indiana, according to the license plate on the trailer and pickup truck. The model of trailer is a Carriage. We have not been able to talk with them, or anyone else here, due to weather. It is very intriguing and I hope we get a moment or two to chat, but not sure that is something they would really want to do. Will let you know if anything happens.
We did manage to go tour Sun Studios. Was really a fun tour, with lots of pictures and stories about the place. This is where Ike Turner, Howlin'Wolf, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course Elvis recorded. Lots of old equipment still sitting around for us to look at and wonder how they did it back then. Was quite fun.
|Can you name all four of these guys? (send me email if you want the answer)|
|actual mike used by Elvis!|
Did find a really good BBQ place in West Memphis. Place was not much to look at, cement brick walls painted blue, linoleum on the floor, a few pictures taped to the walls and a medium size TV stuck in a corner of the room. About a dozen tables and no one else in the place when we show up for one of our late lunch / early dinner times. Food was really good and we will go back. It sure was hard to understand the guy at the counter though, real hard black southern accent. Thankfully, we had enough experience with BBQ joints in Texas that we knew how it worked. He did spot us for tourist, wonder that!
Tomorrow we head up to Little Rock to pick up Tabitha at the airport. We are really looking forward to seeing her, we last saw her at Thanksgiving. Before she arrives, Fred and I will tour the Bill Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. Checking off another one on our list of Presidential libraries.
We will have a lot of stuff to do in Memphis with Tabitha, so we will be busy for this next week.
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!