Well, it turns out Memphis BBQ is pretty darn good. Snack Guy kept going on and on about dry rub ribs until I stopped listening. But I thoroughly enjoyed the drops of his sandwich he shared with me. Memphis was sobering, then yummy, then wild and scary, then we left. Crossed a huge river, and like that, we were in Arkansas. Then it was another long, boring car ride that must have lasted 37 hours. Snack Guy and Food Lady said it was something 7 hours, but that can't be right, I feel it, and I can't even count.
So, Memphis was sobering, we visited the Loraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Both the humans took some time to look in around what is now a museum, and they seemed moved by what they saw there. But then they found the BBQ place, I believe Food Lady said something like: "It looks sketchy." But Snack Guy said it was exactly the kind of look where you find good BBQ. He must have been right. I had to bark at….at least three different people…and yes they were bringing the food, but they had to be warned, right? Just doing my job. We couldn't go in because for some reason dogs aren't welcomed there, so the humans found a park and we all got out in the 96-degree humid Memphis afternoon and ate BBQ. It was marvelous. I'd never tasted BBQ at all before, and I do believe my life was changed. Snack Guy said the same thing and said something about going with a dry rub forever. He says weird things like that when he's eating.
From there we moved on to our Air bnb. Not a nice place…it was old, the stairs were too tall and way too scary to walk up without bribery or being forced. The inside was loud and smelled wet. I couldn't relax and jumped from room to room sticking close to the humans because surly they weren't staying here long. It was so scary that one time when Food Lady was trying to get me to come upstairs…..I may have struggled a bit too much and hit her face with my head, maybe chipping one of her teeth. That's what the Humans were saying anyhow, but they really shouldn't stay here, I thought. Sure enough, soon they took me back out to tour downtown and walk around Beale St. OMG…it was a Monday night and that place was rocking. Snack Guy kept pointing at things and saying stuff like… B. B. King…Birth Place of Rock….Carl Perkins….neither Food Lady or I knew what he was talking about but we like to humor him. The night was hot and humid and the people were fun and loud. I had to bark a few times to make sure people kept their distance, but it certainly was a sight. Before long we were all tired and went back to that scary BnB. While Snack Guy was trying to make me poop and pee, and I was stretching it out for all I was worth, I found a HUGE prize…seems someone left a milk carton under a bush, and I got to it before Snack Guy could stop me. I chewed and pulled and ran and jumped and finally the milk came out and it SMELLEED DELICIOUS. I accidently got it all over me and maybe some on Snack Guy, and he was screaming something about "spoiled" "Bad dog" "Leave it" But it was a glorious moment and the highlight of the trip for me so far. Food Lady made us both get into the bath...together! The bath part wasn't as fun.
Next morning, we left early to find a dog park. That seems to be a running theme on our trip. And so far, Memphis got it right. A lovely, shady, well-mulched…full of daring squirrels and friendly dogs. This place was awesome. After 45 minutes there I was ready for my nap. We packed up from the scary BnB and hit the road. In a short time, we crossed the wide, muddy river, and found ourselves in Arkansas. That's the last I remember for the next 37 hours or so.
I woke up once more then the Humans stopped for some food. They found another park to eat at, but this one didn't allow dogs! Can you imagine? We were soon back on the road after a short walk where I met some ducks. For some reason they didn't want to play.
I slept for another 37 hours. I heard the Humans say something about Little Rock, but I barely opened my eyes to see it. A little while later we wound up at a farm. Now this is the kind of BnB I can get into. Large open places, chickens, and I met some goats. I've never seen goats before. I'm now obsessed with goats, and they will play with me if it's the last thing I make happen on this earth.
I'll keep you posted.