Towards the end of July 2013, I packed up my belongings in a rental car and spent seven days driving from Texas to New York City. This is a four part series.
Part I : Memphis, Nashville, Greeneville ——
Memphis surprised me, although I wasn’t sure what to expect in the first place. I was taken aback by how gorgeous the Mississippi and Delta were. I had only seen this significant waterway at its mouth into the Gulf, but its power wasn’t as obvious then. My friend and hostess for the day took me throughout the city telling stories of floods, civil rights, duck royalty, and Elvis (she took me to his most frequented restaurant). The city had seen an exorbitant amount of flight during riots following MLK’s assassination, and seemed to be frozen even today. There was so much abandonment, but the heritage, architecture, and spirit remained in tact. I am looking forward to the progress of Memphis and how the city changes in the next few decades.