Tales From The Camping House

Tales From The Camping House

Saturday, October 22, 2011


October 20, 2011

The sun did come out this morning and the sunrise was gorgeous!  At least with daylight savings time, sunrise is much later this time of year.  I was up at 7:30 with plenty of time to still see the sunrise.

We wouldn't be true baby boomers if we didn't at least make a visit to Elvis Presley's Graceland, so that was our plan for today.

It is the second most visited private residence just behind George Washington's Mount Vernon.  The tour is a well oiled machine. Once you purchase your tickets, there was a brief wait before we boarded a van to be taken across the street to the house. Before you get on the van, you are given headsets that you listen to throughout the tour about the different rooms and parts of Graceland. They are narrated by several people including Lisa Marie Presley and Priscilla Presley.

We entered the gates and were let off at the front door.

I think everyone says it when they go, after you tour it, you can't believe how modest the house is. It is a nice house, but certainly not magnificent.  The first room is the living room.

Next, the dining room and kitchen. Nothing has been changed since he passed away in 1977.

Then, the pool room. I thought it was really neat how the material was on the wall and on the ceiling.

Next, the jungle room. According to the tour, the room was not called that until after tours began and people touring the house called it that.

There were also rooms and halls with all his gold records and other memorabilia. Elvis loved racquetball and built a racquetball court. This is the viewing area and the morning of the day he died, he played on this piano for his guests.

The racquetball court now holds more of his records and costumes.
Last, was the meditation garden with the gravesites of Elvis Presley, both his parents, and his grandmother.We left Graceland and went back across the street to see his planes and some of his cars.

The Lisa Marie was the name of his jet. Inside, there was a seating area, dining room and bedroom. The TCB on the tail of the plane was his logo meaning Taking Care of Business.

We had a good time and it was interesting learning more about this icon's life.

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