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8-12-11 Dawson Vacation 2011- Memphis – Part 2

A large, familiar facility or institution in Memphis is St Jude’s Children’s Medical Research Center founded by Danny Thomas. Jennifer was very interested in St Jude’s because of fun-raising with her Relay for Life and other cancer activities in Cobb County. The grounds were beautiful and we enjoyed walking around………..

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August 10, 2011

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Dawson Vacation 2011- Memphis – Part 2

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc

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Often times when folks learn where you are headed on vacation, they offer suggestions of places to see.   When I would think of Memphis, I thought of the Mississippi River and Graceland and little more.  We had never visited there.   A doctor friend told me to visit the Peabody Hotel to see the Walk of the Ducks that took place every morning at 11:00.   An attorney friend said he had been to the Peabody too so it definitely made our list of things to see.    The Hotel Lobby was crowded with persons waiting on the ducks.   Not being that familiar with my new camera I messed up the focus and could not correct it before the ducks appeared.   I did get a decent picture of the ducks after they got to the fountain.   After the Duck Walk, we had a desert and left.

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Peabody Hotel – Memphis – 7.9.11

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Peabody Hotel –Fountain – Ducks – 7.8.11

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We found the Elvis Presley Visitor Center but decided not to tour Graceland because of the crowd and heat.    We did take a picture at the entrance.On the way to Memphis, we did stop off in Tupelo, MS, and saw Presley’s birthplace and gift shop that had information about his early life and family.    It was brief but interesting visit.

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Elvis Presley Graceland Mansion – Memphis - 7.9.11

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Elvis Presley Birthplace Stone – Tupelo, MS - 7.8.11

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Elvis Presley Birthplace– Tupelo, MS –Jennifer Dawson - 7.8.11

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Elvis Presley Birthplace– Tupelo, MS – Stone Marker - 7.8.11

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A large, familiar facility or institution in Memphis is St Jude’s Children’s Medical Research Center founded by Danny Thomas.   Jennifer was very interested in St Jude’s because of fun-raising with her Relay for Life and other cancer activities in Cobb County.   The grounds were beautiful and we enjoyed walking around.   It was Saturday and reasonably quiet.It was very hot so I soon found an armed chair in the Hospital Lobby with air conditioning!   The security guard did let me see the chapel and the exercise room for the teenagers.   St Jude’s is well worth a visit.

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St Judes Hospital – Danny Thomas Statue – Jennifer-Betty Dawson 7.9.11

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St Jude’s Hospital – Pavilion –Jennifer Dawson 7.9.11

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St Jude’s Hospital – Pavilion –Plaque 7.9.11

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St Jude Children’s Research Hospital - 7.9.11

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We rode around Memphis and then by the riverfront as we prepared to cross the ‘Mighty Mississippi’ and enter Arkansas for the first time in our lives.

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Approaching MS River Bridge in Memphis on 7.9.11

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Crossing MS River Bridge at Memphis -7.9.11

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Arkansas Side of MS River Bridge -7.9.11


NEXT:Part 3 – Arkansas (Little Rock, Clinton Library, Heifer International, State Capitol, LR Central High School Visitor Center and more….


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