My vacation in photos (part 2)

One of the main pulls to going to Tennessee was Memphis Pride, I’ve already written about it here but here’s some photos…enjoy!

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There’s a lot of cool architecture in Memphis, including this church:
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Photos of our group that represented the I’m Sorry Campaign:
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Priding in Memphis off of Beale 🙂
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The parade!
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(That’s another thing about this year’s Memphis Pride, it rained nearly the entire time of the parade…but the same came out and dried things off very quickly)

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Purple El Camino with purple rims? Heck yes!
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During my camping at T.O. Fuller State Park I grew restless. The woman who took care of adding a few days on to my Memphis part of my vacation in Memphis suggested that I give Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park a try, I did and it was fun! 🙂

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The Mississippi River!
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Hobbs watching a barge go by.
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Hobbs and a 4 inch grasshopper!
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This sandbar’s mine! See, it bears my signature and everything 😉
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More to come, soon enough 🙂
~Nathanael~

Memphis 10-10 to 10-13

I’ll stay in Memphis – Elvis Presley

Thursday morning at 9:05am I left Oswego IL for Memphis

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9 hours, 540 miles later I arrived at my friend Jimmy‘s apartment. He was already chillaxing on his porch in wait of me (perhaps). I was quickly introduced to Andrew, Cory, and Gabe. Ate dinner, built community, laughed a good deal…and before I knew it, it was nearly 2am!

I jumped in my rental car and headed to T.O. Fuller State Park, 20 minute drive I arrived to my campsite and…cleared out my backseat and fell asleep! Reader’s note: The back seat of a 2012 Toyota Corolla is more spacious than it seems, especially when it comes to sleeping.

I woke up to a barred owl hooting above my car, freshened up and set up camp and then headed out to Pho Hoa Binh for some inexpensive Vietnamese food for lunch. Best $6.22 I have ever spent on Vietnamese buffet!

Memphis being a town chockful of history, I decided to go the Civil Rights historical route and went to the National Civil Rights Museum, the site in which Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It was heavy being there, getting an overview of the Civil Rights movement, the bullet shell/pellets/rifle used by Lee Harvey Oswald…it was heavy, and almost for me too much.

The following day I was a part of the I’m Sorry Campaign at Memphis Pride.  Now as someone who’s used to a large crowd and large parade ala Chicago Pride, I wasn’t really expecting that small of a parade.  Still the element of it ending in Robert R. Church Park and there being booths for all different groups/vendors that was enjoyable. I made the rounds to the various churches, I was given a lot of thanks for my participation in the I’m Sorry Campaign and several invites to visit them the following day for church.

Sunday morning I went to Corey’s house church and had a good time. They asked a random question; “what is your earliest memory?” While I didn’t give mine, I did give the one surrounding being on America’s Funniest Videos with my sister at the mall in the early 90s.

All in all it has been a good trip thus far 🙂

~Nathanael~

2/30 – Off the beaten path to Nashville

Off the beaten path

A while ago I drove down to Nashville to spend some time with my sister who relocated there for a while after attending Belmont University. The drive was a good 10-11 hours from IL to TN, but along the way there was a roadblock. Instead of ending directly in Nashville as my map and GPS promised, I ended up in Memphis for a while.

Now what do I know about Memphis? Not much to be honest, just Graceland and The Blind Side come to mind, and it struck my fancy despite being off the beaten path on the road to Nashville. For what it’s worth, I actually liked some of what I saw, albeit while driving through, in Memphis. Southern towns are a bit different than Northern towns, and while obvious statement is obvious, there was something to getting lost in Memphis that was full of euphoria and nostalgia; maybe it’s the collective unconscious side of me that liked what I saw, maybe because of its rich history of Blues musicians that appealed to me.

For what it’s worth, I look forward to spending a bit more time in Memphis next time I’m on my way to Nashville, roadblock or not.

~Nathanael~