Nashville to Graceland, part 6

This post wraps up the hunk ‘o love weekend I had with my family. It was a great time, with memories that will last a lifetime! After we finished our tour of Graceland, we returned to Nashville for a couple days of hanging out. On Sunday, we all went to church and then my family started their trip back to Florida. Check out the photos below, and again, thanks for stopping by!

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-Out of the Wilderness

Nashville to Graceland, part 4

“When you left you know you told me
That some day you’d be returnin’
In a fancy car, all the town to see…”
(Long Black Limousine – Elvis Presley)

I knew Elvis had a few cars, but this was way more than I expected! Check out the cars, boats, and motorcycles stored in the Elvis museum, which is across the street from the Graceland mansion… (then come back to check out part 1, part 2, and part 3 of my Graceland experience)

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Nashville to Graceland, part 3

“So hush little baby
Don’t you cry
You know your daddy’s bound to die
But all my trials Lord, will soon be over”
(An American Trilogy – Elvis Presley)

As part of your tour around the Graceland property, you’ll inevitably end up graveside just past the pool. There’s a well-manicured garden surrounding the final resting places of Vernon (father), Gladys (mother), Jessie (brother), and Elvis. This area is a somber, yet perfect way to end the tour. Check out photos below of my family and I passing by.

I also tried to take some photos in a less traditional way, so you’ll see the graves, but also a perspective from a bit farther away, including folks looking at the graves.

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Thanks for checking out my Graceland posts. If you want to see more, here’s part 1 and part 2.

-Out of the Wilderness

Nashville to Graceland, part 2

“I came home with good intentions,
About 5 or 6 years ago…”
(Stranger in My Own Home Town – Elvis Presley)

This post might have the most pictures because, well, it’s the mansion!

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Our audio tour was set up for 1030am, Elvis time. We arrived around 915am so that gave us time to check out the museum across the street before the tour started. A future post will include so much of what there was to see in the museum, but today, it’s the home of Elvis – the Graceland mansion.

Check out the photos below and chime in with which of the rooms is your favorite.

iPads for each visitor, with audio tour narrated by John Stamos…

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My sister Shannon and I…

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The various rooms in the mansion…

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Narrow descending stairwell to the pool room and TV room in the Graceland mansion…

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Shag carpet on the wall…

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My awesome father checking out some of Elvis’ things…

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Tomorrow’s post will have photos of where Elvis and his family were laid to rest, just off to the left of the pool in the photo above.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Nashville to Graceland, part 1

“Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old things they are not forgotten
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland…”
(An American Trilogy – Elvis Presley)

Yes, the series of upcoming posts is about a family trip to Memphis, Tennessee to visit the famed home of the King of Rock n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, but it begins at my home. Well, actually it begins in Tallahassee, Florida because that’s where part of my family departed  when they saddled up to head north to Nashville, Tennessee. I could write a lot, I really could, but to save you some time…. I’ll sum up their 9 hr trip by saying this: they left Tallahassee and next, they arrived in Nashville… much to my joy and excitement! That was Thursday. Early Friday morning we packed up and headed west to Memphis. Take a look at the first part of our trip in these pictures…

Morning fog over a river… IMG_20191018_072031

My dad, the Captain, driving us to Memphis (mom and sister in the back seats sleeping)…
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Nearing Graceland…
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Even closer to Graceland than we were in the last picture…
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Entering the museum across the street from the Graceland mansion…
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Welcome to Graceland!
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Part of the intro video before shuttling over to the mansion… IMG_1913

Check back tomorrow for more from this spectacular family trip!
UDPATE: here’s part 2

-Out of the Wilderness

Favorite songs about Elvis and/or Graceland

To be totally honest, I don’t know but handful of songs directly about Elvis or Graceland. What are some of your favorites? I recently heard the Elton John song listed below, and Paul Simon’s is a classic. Comment below and I’ll add your suggestions to my Spotify playlists. Thanks fo stopping by!

Porch Swing in Tupelo – Elton John

Graceland – Paul Simon

From Galway to Graceland – The High Kings

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

My heart rate driving by Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee

I was in Memphis the other day for some work, well, actually I’ll be more specific. I left Nashville at 415am en route to Southaven, Mississippi, then to Memphis, up to Osceola, Arkansas, then through Missouri on my way back to Nashville. All that to say, the route from Southaven to my destination in Memphis brought me right past Graceland. I’m a big Elvis Presley fan so I was darn excited to drive down Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Fun fact: most intersections don’t have a street sign for Elvis Presley Blvd because they end up stolen as souvenirs

So yesterday I didn’t have time to stop and take it all in, but thanks to my Garmin VivoActive HR, we can see just how driving by had an effect on my heart rate. Screen Shot 2019-08-24 at 12.02.02 PM

The peak there in the middle was recorded as I drove near the famous home of Elvis Presley, Graceland, as it’s called. My heart rate went from 75 to 105. It’s hard to explain the feeling if you’ve never been there. During my time at my old job with CMT we actually shot a couple of shows inside the residence which was a real treat, but even driving by yesterday without stopping to go inside weighed heavy on me, in a good way. He’s just such a fascinating person and to be so close to his home was really cool… even for the 4th or 5th time in my life.

-Out of the Wilderness