Sunday, September 14, 2008

Day 2 Operation Get Trailer

Our second day started with the hotel breakfast.  Neil and Avery kept eating and eating.  Needless to say we got our moneys worth on that stay :)  We had a few Little Rock sights we wanted to see so we checked out and loaded up.  First on the list was a view of the capitol building.  We found it interesting that we had left Austin (capitol of Texas, stayed in Little Rock, capitol of Arkansas and were headed to Nashville capitol of Tennessee) On the grounds of the capitol was a set of bronze statues depicting the "Little Rock 9"  A group of black students who entered Central High School when it was desegregated.  After circling the grounds we were off in search of Central High school National Historic Site.  We located it with ease and were the only ones in the memorabilia museum.  We learned that all 9 are still alive and were present at the 50 year celebration.  The school is still functioning today as a magnet charter school.  It is a gorgeous school which has undergone some landscaping upgrades.
After spending some time in the museum and viewing the campus from the street we lo
aded back up with our sights set on Tennessee.  On our way out of town we caught a glimpse of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library as we crossed the river.  Memphis he
ld our next destination, the I-40 welcome center.  The kids posed with Elvis, whose alarm rang when Neil touched his bronzed foot!  
John got to see a tugboat pushing several barges up the river.  Memphis held a lot to see but we pressed on to Nashville where family was putting us up for the night with the promise of great local fried chicken within walking distance of their house.  I tried to get a shot of the second cousins all to
gether but you can see how that turned out! 
 We had a wonderful time with the M's and their hospitality was much appreciated. 

Day 1 of operation get trailer

We left Austin later than usual (go figure).  We headed out with the dog and dropped her at the kennel.  John bought her some nice smoked something or others to chew on while there.  We also scheduled her for a 45 minute adventure walk halfway through her stay.  We then hit the open highway.  We hit NO traffic.  After many roadside bathroom breaks for Neil we were approaching Dallas.  After a little searching on the iphone we found a Jason's Deli and stopped for lunch.  We finally crossed into Arkansas and stopped at the welcome center.  We have found these to be an invaluable source of information (and bathrooms).  This one had a playground with a jumpy seesaw.  Avery got her first souvenir, a bruised chin from the seesaw.   We continued on to Little Rock our first scheduled hotel night.  After checking in we headed for the riverfront which looked to have been recently redone.  There was a fabulous park that was 4 months old that the kids clamoured on for awhile.  It had a long slide that dumped below ground into a series of short tunnels that offered rock walls to climb back up.  Luckily the kids stuck together because it was a mothers worst nightmare trying to find them all in the various tunnels.
Based on recommendation from the hotel staff for a local place to enjoy dinner we wandered into the Flying Fish  We all enjoyed the fried fish and hush puppies.  Yum Yum.  We wandered up and down President Clinton Blvd.  On a Monday not too much was happening.  We turned in back at the hotel with the hope of seeing some of Little Rocks attractions in the morning