The Plan: Thomas and Roger would drive to Albuquerque, NM and meet Jodie, Marjory and Jacob who would be flying out two days later. So with the Taj Mah Van packed and an iPod full of Elvis songs, Thomas and I left Franklin, TN early on Monday, June 16. First stop: Memphis, TN home of the one and only GRACELAND! Delightfully tacky -- and reminding me maybe a little too much of the 1970's wood paneling I grew up with -- our favorite two rooms were the Jungle Room and the Gold Record Room. I drew the line at visiting Elvis' grave though. Just a little too creepy.
We crossed the Mississippi River, drove through Arkansas and headed for our final destination: Oklahoma City to stay with Tom and Ashley Schurr and their incredible kids, Astrid, Leah and Liam in Edmond. I lived across the hall from Tom during our freshman year at Washington & Lee University. We've been friends ever since. The visit was made even better when another of our freshman hall friends -- Jeff Dixon -- made the drive over from Tulsa.