Our first stop was actually in Asheville, NC, nut it was late at night and there wasn't much to report except that the Marriott Courtyard was very nice and the room was comfortable. It rained that night, so going up the mountain was a little bit of fun with all that fog.
We drove the next day bright and early and got to Memphis in the afternoon after only stopping twice for gas and a restroom break. We went outside along the street and found they had old trolley cars that would pass by every few minutes. The street was deserted and it was a nice evening. Very nice city. So we all meandered down to Beale Street to see about getting some local food. Beale street is closed off so no cars can drive down it, there are people with beer walking around. I would recommend this to people who don't have kids. Not that it was unsavory, it was more of a party atmosphere and not a tourist trap of amusement. Its all about the beer and music.
We ended up at Jerry Lee Lewis' joint. There was a nice brick-lined fountain tucked away in the back with a band and bar where they served up fried pickles (these weren't the best I've had) and burgers. The food was OK, but the people were nice and the band was decent, honky-tonk local band of musicians. We walked back and caught the trolley back (for a Dollar!) and stopped at the park. Nice, nice city. People were friendly, we felt safe and it was not crowded at all, unless you were on Beale Street.
The kids snuggled up and enjoyed their Kindles, watching cartoons or some other entertainment.
Emma, checking out our view.