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Memphis Blues
« on: May 16, 2014, 09:21:25 AM »
Sitting along the River at Tom Sawyers RV Park. Watching the barges go past. Last night we sat at B.B. Kings with a cold one and listened to the Blues. Life is Good 8)
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2014, 09:40:53 AM »
I'm jealous. Was there last February.
Did you buy their BB King beer glass? 
What a great place!
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2014, 09:50:11 AM »
The only time we were headed to Tom Sawyer's (actually in West Memphis, Ar), we found ourselves driving through a seedy area, apparently getting seedier as we got closer. Half a mile or so from the RV park, we decided to turn around. Everyone I've talked to since then have told me we should have kept going, and would have been rewarded with a great RV park in a great location.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2014, 07:39:55 AM »
We was there last year, great park. Off the beaten path, looks of the area depend on which way you enter. We would for sure go back again.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2014, 07:43:24 AM »
Thanks for the pics. I wish we'd kept going (to Tom Sawyer's) that day.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2014, 08:59:58 AM »
I'm jealous. Was there last February.
Did you buy their BB King beer glass? 
What a great place!
Bob
Saw the glass but didn't buy it. Great music at B.B. Kings. Good food too. Appetizers- Fried pickles and Catfish bites. I had the ribs and MaryAnne had the Cajun shrimp. Beer- Ghost River (local).

World Championship BBQ Contest this weekend....mmmh.

Tom- You need to stop here. Next time follow the directions on their website. You avoid the seedy area that way.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2014, 09:03:03 AM »
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Next time follow the directions on their website. You avoid the seedy area that way.

Thanks for the tip.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2014, 12:36:21 PM »
World Championship BBQ Contest this weekend....mmmh.

I have a feeling that my son and DIL will be there.  They were at the Willie Nelson concert last night!    Wish I was there!    :)
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2014, 12:55:26 AM »
We almost stayed there when we were in Memphis. However, it was spring and their website cautioned that the entire place is sometimes under water from spring floods.

We had ribs at Blues City Cafe on Beale St., delicious!

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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2014, 09:33:53 PM »
Hope to be at Tom Sawyers in a couple weeks if all goes well. Glad to hear all the good reviews! I will make it a point to stop at BB Kings also.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2014, 09:52:20 PM »
Sitting along the River at Tom Sawyers RV Park. Watching the barges go past. Last night we sat at B.B. Kings with a cold one and listened to the Blues. Life is Good 8)
Doesn't get much better than that. ;D
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2014, 11:56:59 PM »
Tom- You need to stop here. Next time follow the directions on their website. You avoid the seedy area that way.
It is a nice park.  However, their website does not tell you how to avoid the freight trains that frequently block traffic for long periods. >:(  Also, springtime can be a problem when the river gets to romping.  Their office and other small building are all portable so they can move them to high ground when necessary. :)
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2014, 08:17:11 AM »
It is also interesting to tour the Gibson Guitar Factory that is downtown near Beale St. Make reservations, though.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2014, 11:33:05 AM »
Sitting along the River at Tom Sawyers RV Park. Watching the barges go past. Last night we sat at B.B. Kings with a cold one and listened to the Blues. Life is Good 8)

Been to Memphis several times, but never in a coach.  I've put Tom Sawyer's and BB King's on our must see list for next spring.  Thanks!
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2014, 08:34:06 AM »
Bob, just for clarification, Tom Sawyer's is in West Memphis, Ar, across the river from Memphis. It's approx 25 minutes drive from Graceland.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2014, 08:48:16 AM »
I spent hours in the Rock and Soul Museum near the Gibson Guitar Factory.

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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2014, 10:30:22 AM »
Bob, just for clarification, Tom Sawyer's is in West Memphis, Ar, across the river from Memphis. It's approx 25 minutes drive from Graceland.


I wondered how I'd missed that one.  Thanks Tom.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2014, 10:32:29 AM »
I spent hours in the Rock and Soul Museum near the Gibson Guitar Factory.

A museum that combines the histories of Alcatraz prison and the capital of South Korea!  Sounds great!
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2014, 12:08:36 PM »
A museum that combines the histories of Alcatraz prison and the capital of South Korea!  Sounds great!

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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2014, 05:15:03 PM »
Sun studios, a must visit. Million Dollar Quartet.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2014, 05:25:42 PM »
  I had the best ribs at Charles Vergos'  Rendezvous downtown when I was there a few years back.

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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2014, 06:18:46 PM »
  I had the best ribs at Charles Vergos'  Rendezvous downtown when I was there a few years back.

+1000
I still have their pamphlet where you can order some shipped. Haven't done it yet, but will sometime soon.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2014, 11:55:27 PM »
I can tell you that Memphis has some good food.  If your barbeque is not great, you're not going to be in business very long.

Unfortunately the area is not good for RV Parks.  Every in city RV park is in a dangerous location, including T.O. Fuller State Park.  Even the RV park in West Memphis is in a very high crime area.

I would suggest you check out the Tunica,, MS casinos to see what RV facilities they have (20 miles south of Memphis.) 

Or stay at Shelby Farms RV Park.  It may be a little quiet on a 5000 acre farm, but you're just 1-2 miles from good restaurants.  At least you're going to be safe there.

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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2014, 01:02:20 PM »
If safety is a concern we stayed at the Graceland RV Park once and it was a little crowded but certainly safe.

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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2014, 01:37:31 PM »
Personally, I did not have any safety concerns during the drive to Tom Sawyers RV Park or while we were there. There is nothing else around the RV Park except fields and a mighty big river. Again, I followed the directions given on their website.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2014, 01:47:46 PM »
Personally, I did not have any safety concerns during the drive to Tom Sawyers RV Park or while we were there. There is nothing else around the RV Park except fields and a mighty big river. Again, I followed the directions given on their website.
The biggest problem with Tom Sawyer's RV Park is getting across the RR tracks.  Freight trains do a lot of "delaying" there.  Luckily, after sitting for close to an hour waiting on a freight train to clear the crossing, a local in a pickup showed me another way around...waaay around.  The park's location would require crossing those busy (read "blocked") tracks to drive across the river to Memphis.  It's a nice park, but pretty inconvenient unless you just wish to watch the river barge traffic.
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Re: Memphis Blues
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2014, 08:45:39 AM »
When we changed our minds about Tom Sawyer's, we stayed at the Graceland RV Park that Jeff mentioned. Since my other half wanted to visit Graceland, it was quite convenient (across the street).

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... unless you just wish to watch the river barge traffic.

We can do that at home  ;D
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