Monday, April 9, 2012

The Pilgrimage: Part I, Tupelo, Mississippi

            Over the weekend, Chris and I traveled through 4 states on a pilgrimage to pay our respects at the birthplace, home, and gravesite of the King of Rock & Roll. Elvis Presley is an American legend, and a trip to visit his hometown of Memphis, TN is well worth the effort.

            I didn’t expect to have to travel through 4 states to get from Atlanta, GA to Memphis, TN. Georgia and Tennessee share a common border, right? It’s true that you can travel north from Atlanta to Tennessee and then go west until you run into Memphis and the Mississippi River; however, it actually takes an extra hour to go that way, according to my new Garmin GPS. Instead, we traveled through Georgia into Alabama, from Alabama into Mississippi, and then from Mississippi into Tennessee.

            This turned out to be serendipitous because we had to pass right through Tupelo, MS on our way to Memphis. Tupelo’s claim to fame is being the birthplace of Elvis Presley, so the first stop on our pilgrimage was the tiny 2-room frame house that Elvis’s father and grandfather built with their own hands. In 1935, he and his twin brother Jessie were born there (Jessie was stillborn), supposedly in the very bed that is on display    in the house. You can get a lot of insight into Elvis’s early life while visiting Tupelo.

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