Burgers, Babies and Beale Street, Oh My!
Tennessee… the Bible Belt. The hot dog state.
Remember how I said that Carla’s roommate Ryan helped us out? Well, if you don’t, you should know that he helped us out in Memphis. (That’s how this all ties in.)
He wasn’t actually in Memphis while we were there, but he definitely helped us find a place to stay. Let’s move on with this story now.
Quick Review: Memphis
We got to Memphis with not much to do. Graceland was on the list until we saw the cost to get in. Sorry Elvis – it just wasn’t worth $60+ to go see your house.
We made a short stop at a park near the zoo. After some debate, we decided since we weren’t meeting anyone for a while, we should sit down and work.
For the record: Memphis kind of scared us a bit. There were signs warning of car theft just about everywhere we went. We decided to play it safe (you know, cause we have everything we need with us in the car) and coughed up $5 to park in a legit seeming garage. The story would be way more interesting if something bad happened, but it didn’t.
We Starbucksed it up near the baseball park for a few hours before we decided it was time to head out to Beale Street – tourism center of Memphis.
Run down: Live music? Awesome. Neat little stores? Great. Good BBQ? Sweet.
After it started getting dark, we finally were going to be able to go meet Pete, Ryan’s friend in Memphis.
Pete is not only a really great guy, but also a talented tattoo artist at Inked – which was the cleanest tattoo shop I’ve ever been in, no questions asked. If you’re ever in town, hit him up for any ink you’ve been wanting to get :) and don’t forget to tell him we sent you!
Pete took us out to a restaurant he used to manage called Ubee’s. We spent the rest of the night hanging out, meeting his buddies and pretending we might try karaoke (but Pete definitely sang!).
That night we slept on Pete’s couch before disappearing into the morning on our way to Nashville.
Quick Review: Nashville
To be sure, we couldn’t find anyone to stay with in Nashville, so we used my SPG card again to find a cheap place to stay. We found a hotel just south of Nashville and checked in as soon as we could.
We were pretty tired, so our first line of order was hopping into bed for a nap.
My favorite part of hotels is access to showers and their unlimited hot water, and not needing to worry about taking a long time and being able to really scrub clean. We showered all up, got all settled in with our stuff and… then we looked outside.
There was a ton of lightning, and even more rain.
Curse you, Nashville! So we spent the night in, ordered delicious pizza and spent about 1 1/2 hours trying to stream a single episode of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix.
But the best was yet to come.
The following day shall go down into history. Let it be declared that March 16th, 2012 was the day I ate the best burger of my life at National Underground in Nashville, TN.
Please brace yourself as I share this most intimate moment with you.
They had such high quality beef that they are legally allowed to serve rare burgers. It was the sort of melt in your mouth beef that you can’t just find anywhere. The juices from the beef soaked into the bun which held the flavor in. The cheese and sautéed onions rounded the whole thing out with the perfect amount of everything a burger should have.
…ahem. So we also did other things in Nashville since it wasn’t so rainy that day, like walking around and eating ice cream.
Then it was time to go see our friends Jenna and Adam in Knoxville, TN!
Just the beginning: Knoxville
Staying with Jenna and Adam deserves its own post, so I’m only going to talk about a couple of things here.
First of all, Jenna has been expecting and was only a few weeks away from her due date when we got there.
Yesterday, Jenna and Adam became the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy! Meet… Owen Thomas Wilson.
We are SO EXCITED :)
Also, they caught us taking pictures of their cats, so I made a promise that Sven would make it into the blog.
Over and out!