Wednesday was a free day in Memphis. Some went to Bass Pro Shop, sightseeing around Memphis, several visited Tom Sawyer’s to see how the campground was recovering from the flood, and some just chilled.
Wednesday night we had Shake Shack deliver great dinners to us at the cafe. Polk and Linda had arrived in the afternoon and our guests were delighted to meet them, especially Patti who wanted to hear about the Duck Dynasty family!
Thursday was another day to explore on your on. I think Jim and Tina and Pete and Mary toured from Arkansas, through Memphis down into Mississippi and visited Horn Lake. Ted and I went with Les and Ida to the casino for lunch, gambling and dog racing! I was pretty lucky in the casino and we had a good time rooting for certain dogs to win!
On Friday we all went to Charlie Vergos Rendezvous in a basement in an ally! This is the number one barbecue restaurant in Memphis started in 1948. We had a great waiter and the staff was really accommodating! I was a little nervous when I saw about 150 elementary kids going in but they fed them in the big room upstairs and we had a nice quiet meal!
After lunch we traveled over to the Mississippi River for a ride on the Island Queen. We had a fun tour guide who pointed out things of interest and gave us lots of facts. The Tom Lee Park is a very interesting story about a very brave man who saved a lot of lives on the river.
Friday evening we all met back at the cafe to eat again lol! New members Michael and Patti Hutton grilled some delicious chicken for us we added some sides and had another great meal. Linda talked to the group about the plans for the General Business Meeting in Louisiana. This caused a round of stories, memories and laughter sharing Traveling Supreme tales!
Our week had come to an end and Ted and I were grateful for all the help and support we received during the gathering. Saturday morning most of us took off for other adventures!
The Traveling Supreme Gathering started off on Monday with a potluck dinner at the KOA. We have six rigs here with the Brian’s coming on Wednesday afternoon. There are four couples that are current members, Ted and Susan Kercher, Jim and Tina Hoover, Les and Ida Cook and Jerry and Hessie Smith. We also have two guest couples: Michael, Pattie Hutton (and mother Monell) and Pete and Mary Minnix.
On Tuesday we did a Memphis City Tour. We visited Sun Studios, watched the duck walk at the Peabody Hotel, drove by houses on Million Dollar Row, visited the St. Jude Hospital Danny Thomas started, went to the largest Bass Pro Shop, stopped at the National Civil Rights Museum, had lunch at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street, and drove by Graceland before they brought us back to the campground. It was a full and fun day!
Note: The NEW GATHERING DATES ARE: Arrive Monday April 8 and depart on Saturday April 13.
The weather forecast and the snow melt is not cooperating for our Memphis Gathering. We decided we better find another campground away from the river! Note to self…do not have an RV Rally in Midwest in April lol!
Our new location is at the Memphis KOA in Marion Arkansas, a little north and west of Memphis. We have 7 rigs attending and as of yesterday they still had a couple of sites available if anyone else is interested, please let me know right away. We are still working on our agenda, as the impending rain may change things a bit. Fortunately, we have a room available after 10:30 in the morning for games and happy hour!
For board members that are attending, I am planning to have an Executive Committee Meeting. I will be sending you additional information on that in the next couple of days. If anyone not attending the Gathering has anything they would like us to discuss, please let me know. My phone is 619-972-6471, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the rains continue all over the country, there has been an update on the National Weather Service river forecast. They are now showing the river will not recede below the 31 foot mark until the 27th, which is not going to allow the park time to do any cleanup for our rally. This information was sent to me by Michael and Patti Hutton who have been following TS posts and would like to join us at the Memphis rally! Thank you Michael and Patti and we look forward to meeting you both.
Ted and I have decided to delay the rally until April 8, 2019 and hopefully this will give the river time to recede and Tom Sawyer’s time to clean up! The NEW GATHERING DATES ARE: Arrive Monday April 8 and depart on Saturday April 13. Those that can make these new dates and would like to join us, please let me know by text 619-972-6471 or email email@example.com.
Some of the things we are planning besides watching the barges go up and down the are: Memphis Rock and Soul Museum ($11 for adults).
There are several other museums we may want to think about, such as the Pink Palace or Civil War Museum. Dixon Gallery and Gardens ($7 for adults) and the Cherry Cafe. Multiple gardens with classical sculptures and world class paintings inside.
Peabody Hotel to watch the duck walk! Not joking…live ducks! Graceland for those that haven’t been.
As of this time we are still planning to have a West Memphis gathering from March 27 to March 31, 2019. But you may have noticed the park is closed due to high water. And the park does not answer phone calls or emails when it is closed. But current Weather Service projections are that the water level will be below 31 feet when the rally is planned. Just in case, I plan to call another campground that is not near the river and check their availability as a backup plan.
Please text me at 619-972-6471 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are still interested. If the Weather Service is correct, the park will not re-open until March 16th. I’m sorry it’s going to be last minute and I will send out another message about an alternate campground in a day or so. Also the details are on the website or check with me on the plans for the gathering.
So stay dry and think positive thoughts, and join us for a fun rally. Wherever it will be held.