Today we drove the 16 miles to Tupelo to see what we could see and ended up not seeing much. We got hungry and decided to stop off at a place called Johnnie’s Drive-in. We drove into the parking lot and immediately a gal was at our window to see if we were ordering from the vehicle or inside. We chose inside to soak in the local community. That is Dale and my thing!
We walked in and we were greeted by the owner who asked us “Where are you from?” We had to ask, “How do you know?” We told him we were from Oregon and he explained his menu to us. We ordered and then he seated us in the booth where Elvis sat in 1956! You see, Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis Presley. (you can tour his house and church here) Above our table was a photo of Elvis in this same booth.
Our meal was good, the company was excellent. A couple in a booth across the room came over and told us to enjoy their state of Mississippi and one day hope to get to Oregon. Another couple told us that she rode the school bus with Elvis and remembers him being a quiet child.
We had a very good time here.
After lunch we needed a screw for the shower so we went to the local hardware store. The Tupelo Hardware located downtown. Come to find out, this is the same store Elvis and his mom came to when he was a little boy. He came to buy a gun with the money he earned doing errands and odd jobs. His mom talked him into buying a guitar instead. Thus, a mega star was born.
Oh, a clerk there asked us if he could help us and then asked, “Where you from?” Again we asked how he knew. Both the owner at Johnnie’s and this clerk said they could tell a tourist from long experience. Humm, Dale and I try so hard not to look like a tourist. I guess we aren’t doing a very good job at camouflaging our “Oregon-ness.”
I finished my day running to Krogers for a few groceries and Dale hopped on his bike to ride home. It was a good day and life is still good.