Out West (2015)

Memphis, TN

My family and I have officially begun our two month trip out west. We have been planning this trip for many years and it’s hard to believe that we are actually doing it.

We left around 10:30 AM, Friday, May 22nd. It took us 11 hours to drive through Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, but we finally arrived at a Hilton in Memphis, Tennessee around 9:30 PM. It’s hard to describe how relaxed we felt when we crawled into bed after sitting in the car all day. We woke up around 8:00 the next morning and spent about two hours getting dressed, packing, and making sure we had all of our belongings.

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The view from our hotel room
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Our hotel room

When we finally climbed back into our van, we made our way to Downtown Memphis. It took us about half an hour to find a parking spot that would cost us less then $20.00, but we still managed to be walking into The Peabody Hotel at 10:40 AM.

The Peabody hotel is famous for their ducks. Now, I’m not referring to a tasty meal on their gourmet menu, but actual real life ducks. Every three months The Peabody brings around five new ducks to the hotel. They are then introduced to the life of luxury and trained by their personal Duck Master. The Duck Master trains the ducks to walk in and out of the elevator, down the red carpet, and into the fountain in the center of the lobby at exactly 11:00 AM. They then swim in the fountain until they waddle back to their luxurious home, on the roof of The Peabody, at exactly 5:00 PM.

My family and were not prepared for the millions of people, from all over the world, that crowed the lobby to see the ducks. I spent the next 20 minutes in a panic, trying to find a good spot so that I could film the famous Peabody ducks. Dad and I went upstairs and I found a spot that would have to do. It was then that I spotted Mom, Haydn, and Ansa who had found a spot right next to the red carpet. I told Dad then checked the clock: 10:59 AM. I made a mad dash for the stairs. Half way down the announcer came onto the intercom and declared something like, “Ladies and gentlemen, the famous Peabody ducks will now make their way to the fountain.” I jumped over the remaining stairs, ran into the lobby, pushed through the crowd, and sat down next to Haydn and Ansa just as the elevator doors were opening.

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One of the famous Peabody ducks and it’s Duckmaster

After taking some pictures, we went up to the roof of the Peabody.

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Next we walked around downtown and then drove to the Bass Pro Shop.

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We looked around there for a while, and then began the long drive to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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The Mississippi River

To see more pics from our trip, follow me on Instagram at Tristen Thomas.

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