March and early April 2015 were busy for us with three short return-trips to some of our favorite places including New York City, Memphis and Destin, Florida; plus some music, comedy and hockey thrown into the mix.
|Snowy Percy Priest Lake and the dam from take-off|
|A snowy Manhattan sunset|
|This billboard in Times Square under the famous NYE Ball had it right. It was Brr-tastic!|
Saturday, March 7 - We slept in a bit and then took a cab to the south end of the island for a scheduled visit to The Meow Parlour.
Ashlee had read an article recently about this cool concept of pet adoption where you interact with the animals before you adopt them instead of just seeing them sitting in a cage. Now while we aren't in the market for another cat, we still wanted to check the place out and, of course, mess around with the cats for a charge of $4 for a half-hour. That's about the best deal in the city!! That's our favorite one, Kris, pictured above. He was very playful and friendly.
|The new Freedom Tower is an amazing site from all perspectives.|
|Here's Ashlee on The Highline, a new park concept in Manhattan that converted an old elevated railway into a green area. We walked the entire length of it and booked over 10 miles overall for the day according to my Fitbit.|
|Thanks for the autograph, Jake!|
|A grand view from the helicopter of the gleaming Freedom Tower and the rest of lower Manhattan.|
|They are "The Boll Weevil Club" or something strange like that. |
At least they're green I guess. Happy St. Patty's Day Weekend!
Then it was on to an awesome lunch at the famous Rendezvous Rib Joint. Again, an absolute must for any visit to the Bluff City. We walked off lunch with a nice walk over to the Civil Rights Museum at the infamous Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was killed. Again, this is a place that both Ashlee and I have been to before, but never together. And once again, an absolute must when you visit this area. The mood was lightened on our way back toward Beale Street as we happened right upon an early, but very festive, St. Patrick's Day parade. After catching a few flying bead necklaces, we had a few libations at the Memphis location of The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium before checking into our sweet rooms at the Hampton Inn right on Beale Street, one of which included a balcony which we enjoyed hanging out on before heading out for the main reason we picked this weekend to visit Memphis: a home game for the Grizzlies at the nearby FedEx Forum.
|Sweet $9 seats for a first-place team. Go Grizzlies!!|
The Memphis Grizzlies. who are currently in 1st place in their Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the NBA took on the Milwaukee Bucks. It was a dominating 96-83 win for the Grizzlies. We celebrated after the game out on famous Beale Street late into the night and grabbed a delicious bite at Dyer's Burgers before turning in.
|Hey, a fair warning is all you can ask for from our hotel on Beale Street.|
|Collage Flashback to July 2000, |
our last pre-blog visit to Graceland
Secondly, was lunch afterwards at one of our favorite spots, Uncle Lou's Famous Fried Chicken. Again, this was a repeat for us, but the other three in our group had not been here. It was the flavor sensation it always is and Uncle Lou made three new fans today of his Sweet Spicy Love sauce.
|I think I liked Elvis' swanky billiard room more than even the famous Jungle Room|
|$15? Man, what a deal!!|
DESTINApril 1-4: I flew down to Pensacola, Florida, today to meet up in Destin with Ashlee and her family again for a few days of "spring break" on the beach. They had rented another large, beautiful house with it's own pool in a gated community. It was just a couple blocks to the beach from the house and we had a cool 6-seater golf cart to use to get there. The weather was perfect for laying around on the beach (see the short video below of the beautiful beach that we shared with a cute sandpiper). The water was even warm enough to get into and goof around in as well.
We had a couple of awesome dinners while we were down in Destin at Louisiana Lagniappe and The Craft Bar. On Saturday, we packed up Ashlee's car and headed back together to Nashville for a concert (see below).
|A limited view of some of the beautiful house we rented down in Destin.|
Saturday, April 4 - We attended the SOLD OUT Mat Kearney show at The Ryman tonight. Our sweet 6th row main floor seats were perfect and when Mat came into the crowd during one song (see video below), he was right beside us. He had to great openers as well with Judah and the Lion, and then Parachute.
|I stole this great pic from Mat Kearney's Facebook page. That's me on the far right side holding up the gold Preds hat.|
|Our first-ever ticket package bought with the Preds.|
|Don't let Ruxin get in your mind|
about his skewed fantasy football trade offer!!
Friday, April 17 - We attended the SOLD OUT Game 2 of the Western Dvisional Semifinals vs. Chicago tonight. It was a different story tonight as we laid waste to those stinking Blackhawks with a 6-2 trouncing evening the series up at 1-1. We had our same sweet seats as before. The boys are off to Chicago next with two hard road games ahead of them. We hope to be back here soon for more Preds playoff action.
|I was goofing around with the panoramic feature on my IPhone and got this cool picture |
of Bridgestone Arena during Game 2 with our friends Wayne and Danny and Brenda book-ending it.