I am working on getting my parents home to Minnesota from their Gulf Shores, Alabama, vacation. I changed our initial plans (me meeting them in NOLA for a 4 day visit) to them driving to Nashville where I could get a direct flight to join them for the ride home. The whole thing is a little stressful. Parents are over 80 and my dad has cardiac issues as well as cancer. I'm almost 60 so all of us are at risk. My flight is tomorrow. Delta called this am cancelling my flight. After much discussion (not connecting thru Atlanta!), I now have a direct flight to Memphis. I wanted a direct flight to limit my exposure to germs. I arrive Memphis at about 11am. They will be driving from Merdian, Mississippi, where they will have spent the night. I expect to have to wait a bit. I'm looking for a good place they can pick me up. I'd like them to be able to drive up, and I'd like to be able to wait outside in the shade, if possible. I want to avoid any airport transportation. I didn't find the airport website particularly helpful.
Additionally, any current info on the airport and roads surrounding in regards to any detours or construction or anything that might create a problem for meeting them. From Memphis we are driving to St. Louis.
Also, I am currently sitting near the rear of the plane surrounded by empty seats. It seems like this might be the best option, though, really, its all a crap shoot.