Saturday, June 17, 2017

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

We arrived here June 13 for 3 nights, located in Millington, Tenn.  This is a beautiful park set completely covered in trees.  All sites have 50 amp electric and water.  There is a dump site at the entrance of the campground.  No cell phone service or satellite TV here, but I did get a few over the air TV stations.  Our site was level and no jacks needed.  There are a couple lakes on the property and it borders the Mississippi river.  There are more than 20 miles of trails on the property.  It was 88-91 degrees and humid during our stay and mesquitos were active.  Most people would drive to fish, boat, or swim as this is a huge park.  We paid $18 per night with our America The Beautiful Pass.  I rate this park F****.
We stopped here to visit where I lived for one year 1966-1967, I attended 11th grade in high school and received my first drivers license here.  I also returned here for Navy Boot Camp when I enlisted in the Navy in 1969.  The north side of the Millington Navy Base has since been donated to the city and the Navy housing where I lived has been demolished and replaced with a school.  The school I attended has also been torn down and a new brick school has replaced it in the same location.
We visited Graceland in Memphis as Aggie wanted to see the new hotel that has been built there on Elvis Presley's property.  We paid $10 to park in the hotel parking lot and was disappointed as the last hotel had 24/7 video's of Elvis on a big screen.  There was a small shop which sold assorted collectible Elvis cups, t shirts, pictures of Elvis, and other assorted CD's and DVD's.  There was a coffee shop which closed at 2 PM, a casual diner, a bar, and more refined restaurant on the first floor which did not open until 5 PM.  We planned to eat here, but the menu was not exciting and moderately priced.  We decided to go down the street and had a hamburger at Elvis's favorite restaurant in town,
Afterward we headed to Beale Street in Memphis and listened to some blues music at BB King's restaurant and bar.  They now charge $5 per person to enter and I ordered one draft beer for $7.25, pretty pricey.  The eight piece band was very good and we stayed for one set, about an hour as we had to get back to take Buddy for a walk.

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