Memphis and Mountain View

Last week we took off early and headed west for a long weekend.  Alan has been working in Mississippi and so we decided to take advantage of the location.  We met up in Memphis, where Alan's Aunt and Uncle (Judy and Bob) live, as well as his two cousins and their families.  We don't get to see that part of the family very often so we were looking forward to catching up and having fun.

We spent the first day in Memphis.  We walked to breakfast and then set off for a ride on the Memphis Greenline.  It's a beautiful trail built along an unused rail line.  The scenery was beautiful and we stopped along the way for pizza and beer.  17 miles later, it had been a perfect afternoon!

After a little rest and refreshment we headed dowtown to meet up with Ashley, Boyd, Cole and Camp.  We had dinner (more on where in my next post) and walked around downtown, stopped by the Peabody Hotel (you know, where the ducks swim in the lobby fountain),

and made our way to Beale Street. What a great place with so much great music!

The next day we were up early and headed to Mountain View, Arkansas.  Bob and Judy have a house there and it's just a quick 3 hour drive from Memphis.  We met up with the rest of the Memphis group there, Paul, Shelly, Reed, Isabelle and Luke, where we quickly packed up and headed out for a hike and picnic lunch.

We stopped at a look out for our lunch and enjoyed the view as well as the warmth of the sunshine.  Alan found a large praying mantis and the kids were set with entertainment for a little while.

We spent the rest of the time visiting the shops in Mountain View, enjoying home cooked meals on the bonfire and chatting up a storm. 

The weather was beautiful and it was just cold enough to feel like fall in the mountains. 

We made it back to Memphis with enough time for a second visit with Ashley, Boyd, Cole and Camp, and a little basketball before it was time to catch my flight.

It was a great weekend and we had such a good time.  Wish Memphis was closer so we could do it more often! Thanks to the Reeds, Harris' and Goebels for making us feel at home!

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