Carla & Phil had arrived from DC joining our group just as we were leaving St.Judes. It was wonderful seeing both again, especially considering how long it had been since we've seen Carla & Phil!! For those that know Carla & Phil...she still has one of the most beautiful smiles I've ever seen! Phil looked good too btw, haha.
We all returned to the hotel. Kenny & Shannon considered staying another night & joining us on Sunday, but decided it would be best for them to return to Nashville that evening & get back to business. It was an emotional goodbye, as goodbyes always are, & with all promising to see each other again soon. Kenny told Mike & I that 'Five Star Carni' plans to book a show within the Kansas City area & we'd see each other then for sure. No doubt Dillon & we will be first in line for the KC concert showing our support for Kenny, Shannon, & Five Star Carni, haha. :)
Personal thought...genuine friendships are indeed priceless. Spending time with those who truly care from deep within the heart is a definite emotional well being gift, of which, no value too high can be placed upon such, priceless. It was absolutely heartwarming to witness the compassion & love shown by Kenny & Shannon towards Dillon & at St.Judes. There was never a doubt in my mind that Kenny is one of Dillon's Angels on Earth, & the same can now be said of Shannon.
Saturday was a memorable, eventful, emotional, & fun day, but, also exhausting. Most were still tired from the long drive in. We decided to eat dinner at the Spaghetti Factory, then all head to our rooms for some much needed sleep.
Sunday morning we all gathered again & headed to Graceland. Rather than write about our visit to Graceland, I'll simply let the photos speak for themselves. However, I do want to add that what overwhelmed me most about visiting Graceland...were the multitude of awards displayed throughout the home & out buildings, of which Elvis acquired in his 22 yr career span...absolutely mind boggling to see so many awards given to one artist, a historical accomplishment of which I seriously doubt any other artist will ever be able to surpass.
Our Group at Graceland:
Our Group entering Graceland:
Graceland NRHP Plaque:
Dillon & me listening to Graceland history & bio:
Graceland Formal Living Room:
Graceland former Raquetball Court, now designed with Elvis' awards floor to ceiling:
Another Graceland area filled with Elivs' Awards:
Some of Elvis' costumes:
Dillon at the Presley Family Memorial Cemetary:
Memorial sent from Michigan:
Angie & me shopping at Graceland: