Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Orleans

     
     I've wanted to visit the south my whole life. Call me crazy, but every time I pass the little old house on the bayou at the beginning of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, I want to jump right out of the boat and swim over to it. Never mind that it's intended to be creepy, I've always wanted to pull up a chair next to that old dude toting a banjo surrounded by animal skins and hang out. Fortunately, now that I've actually visited bayous in the south, this urge has subsided (albeit, momentarily). 

     New Orleans was hands down one of my favorite places we visited on this trip. Better than Disneyland. And I mean that. It was charming, historic, energetic, warm and also a little spooky. 

     During this portion of the trip we had a third passenger and that was Jason. I mentioned him before when I wrote about North Carolina. He's the type of person that will be himself in any situation and we are so grateful, because he is an awesome person. We kidnapped him from North Carolina and drove him almost to his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We brought him to Austin, Texas and then he took a plane so he could get back in time for school. We were on a mission now and home was in our sights. No more detours.

     The three of us had some good times along the way. Gallivanting around Bourbon street like ten year olds, pressed body to body in bars with cheering Saints fans and eating jambalaya next to the Mississippi were highlights. I even stole some balloons and got kicked out of a strip club for doing the YMCA on the stage...I felt a little invincible there.  Thankfully (?) there were a lot of other people doing worse. 


Jason and his new favorite tree
 Martin Luther King Jr.'s church in Alabama

black eyed susans
Louisiana Sunset
     Austin was the last tourist stop of our trip. Scott, Jason and I didn't get there until 11p.m. so we didn't get to see as much as we would have liked. I guess all this means is we'll just have to go back someday. 
     Scott and I slept in a Walmart parking lot the next night for the fourth and final time and then headed home to California from New Mexico. Just like that, the trip came to an end. 
     I'll be back next time with some more thoughts and a recap. 
Thanks so much for joining us on our adventure!

18 comments:

  1. love those pictures. i would also love to go there someday. i dont even want to know what you had to do for those beads:)

    im sad its come to an end, but so happy to have seen the whole adventure. thanks for sharing!

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  2. i love love New Orleans! great photo miss!

    xx
    Classic & Bubbly

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  3. You're back already?! Damn that seemed fast.
    I want to visit the South so bad! Sounds awesome!!
    Loveeee the sunset picture!

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  4. I'm sad your trip is over and I didn't even go on it! Your pictures made me feel like I was having a great adventure and that's one thing I really love about your blog.

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  5. You aren't crazy ... I have always wanted to go South too. The farthest into the south I've been so far is Tennessee (I don't count Texas.) I want to go to those old plantation houses and see cotton fields and everything.

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  6. I totally know what you mean.. growing up in carlsbad, ca. it was always my dream to visit the south. don't know why hahaha.. and my first trip to the south was to Louisiana. That place is amazing.. It just has so much culture. I love it there!

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  7. I totally know what you mean.. growing up in carlsbad, ca. it was always my dream to visit the south. don't know why hahaha.. and my first trip to the south was to Louisiana. That place is amazing.. It just has so much culture. I love it there!

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  8. Oh my gosh that sunset is so so incredible. Your trip looked like it was so so nice.. maybe except for sleeping in the parking lot thing. I don't know how great I'd be at that for so many days in a row hehe.

    Glad you're back though =)

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  9. So glad you had a great time :) That last photo of the sunset is beautiful! xoxo

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  10. i'm so jealous! i've tried talking my dad into taking me to new orleans countless times..it obviously hasn't worked. i'll just have to save my money. thanks for sharing!

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  11. New Orleans is high on my list of places I want to get to. There are so many things I like about the city from all that I've read and heard!

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  12. New Orleans looks so fun! I have been wanting to visit for some time now, just gotta plan it and do it!

    =)

    Cute pictures!


    Brooke

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  13. I love, love, love NOLA. It's such a magical place! I hate that I missed you breezing through Alabama. So happy you enjoyed the South especially since you have been dying to get there for so long.

    ** now I"m going to imagine getting back to New Orleans sometime soon.. maybe next year!

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  14. What a gorgeous photo at the end!! We are headed to NOLA at the end of Oct. Anything you recommend that we should not miss?

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  15. I can't believe your trip is over. I am dying for the recap and your final thoughts. Well.. no thoughts are ever final, thank the lord. =) So glad you are safe and had fun!

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  16. What a cool trip. I've always wanted to go to New Orleans. I know some people from there/other parts of South and holy cow, they are rad. People in the South are just nice.

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  17. What an amazing experience! I want to do this too! Your photos and words are beautiful!

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