What does it take to be a Duckmaster at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis? “An advanced degree in duckery from the University of Oregon,” joked Jimmy Ogle, the Duckmaster. In reality, he’s the hotel historian - and one of his jobs is to take part in the daily procession of the ducks.
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Bald eagles, manatees, bobcats, bats, alligator, raccoons, and river otters, oh my! (The rhyme might not exactly work, but the wildlife is worth the visit!) The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (LSNWR) is just a few hops, skips, and jumps from the Gulf. We can’t wait to bring you more of “real” Florida!
Dixie County, Florida. December 17, 2017.
We zig-zagged through Alabama on our way to Florida and stopped at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark to take in an iron pour! Sloss operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. After closing, it became one of the first industrial sites (and the only blast furnace) in the U.S. to be preserved and restored for public use. More pictures to come!
Birmingham, Alabama. December 9, 2017.
We’re settling into Archer, Florida, population of 1,118. Archer was founded in the 1840’s as a frontier village named Deer Hammock or Darden’s Hammock. When the Florida Railroad reached the village in 1858, the town shifted eastward and began to grow.
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Connie is a member of the Elvis fan club. She spends her time at Tupelo Hardware, the store where Elvis received his first guitar.
According to the Elvis lore, on Elvis’ 11th birthday, he entered the store with his mom, Gladys. Elvis wanted a gun. Gladys wanted to buy him a bike. The two compromised with a guitar.
When Elvis was handed that guitar, he, according to Connie, simply stated: “that’ll be alright.” The rest is Elvis, and music, history.
Tupelo, Mississippi. November 28, 2017.
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