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Roadtripping to New Orleans and beyond

hundreds of miles covered!

all seasons in one day

20 Jan – Today we left Orlando Florida and headed for New Orleans. It was seriously raining at one point during our drive in the evening that we decided to pull over and spend the night at the cheapest and closest hotel. Driving through the town the water was half way up the tyres in places. We managed to find a hotel in Mobile, Alabama. While laying and watching t.v. an alarm sounded over the television and a flood warning was broadcast. 8IMG_0020.jpgIMG_0019.jpg
We looked at each other and thought, what the… but then we happily fell asleep and it was a beautiful day when we awoke.

21 Jan – Today was only a short drive to New Orleans, Louisiana. IMG_0026.jpg3IMG_0022.jpg
but we still crossed a bit of Mississippi. The home of Elvis Presley 9IMG_0021.jpg

When we reached New Orleans we stayed at a French hotel in the centre of the French quarters, which was one block from the famous Bourbon street.
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IMG_0045.jpg We only walked around within the French quarters as apparently it is too unsafe for tourists to wonder anywhere outside of the quarter. After we booked into our hotel we walked around the French market, had wholemeal pizzas for lunch, walked along the Mississippi river and then walked up and down every street in the French quarter. IMG_0027.jpgIMG_0029.jpg2IMG_0030.jpg IMG_0038.jpg2IMG_0032.jpg

We finally did Bourbon street which has an awesome atmosphere with its bars, souvenir shops and “Gentlemen’s clubs” where the ladies actually stand in the door ways and wave their behinds around hoping to attract guys. IMG_0039.jpgIMG_0047.jpg6IMG_0048.jpg IMG_0041.jpgIMG_0043.jpg

Bourbon street is also the street where all the bars have balconies. So guys go and stand on the balconies with bead necklaces and when a female walks past and shows her breasts the guys throw beads at her. It is then a challenge for the females to see who can gather the most beads in one night. There are also trucks driving around with the back bit enclosed in glass. Inside is a dancing pole and females with very little on, dancing around it. It is quite an experience.

22 Jan – I am a quarter century old today and we spent most of it in the car driving to our next destination - Aspen, Colorado. We took the scenic route for a bit and went to Avery Island where the Tobasco factory can be found. IMG_0064.jpgIMG_0067.jpg4IMG_0068.jpg

Unfortunately we missed a factory tour by 5mins but we did go into the shop where we sampled their sauces and had Tobasco flavoured soft drink and ice cream. Afterwards we walked around the Irish moss trees which are really cool and kind of a bit scary. IMG_0069.jpg3IMG_0074.jpgIMG_0077.jpg

Dan then took me to Chili’s restaurant IMG_0082.jpg
IMG_0083.jpgIMG_0084.jpgand we drove to Shreveport where we were lucky to book into the only room available at the Days inn hotel which had just become available due to a cancelled booking.

23 Jan – We had a great free breakfast at the hotel this morning and got on the road at around 10am. We drove through Texas and drove past Dallas. IMG_0085.jpgIMG_0086.jpgIMG_0094.jpg

We were going to stop and walk around but it was heavily raining so we took a photo of downtown on the drive past. The next state we entered was Oklahoma. IMG_0099.jpg6IMG_0104.jpg

Here we went on a small scenic route and went to look at the Turner falls which is a 77foot waterfall. 9IMG_0109.jpgIMG_0112.jpg

Then we stopped for food, yes again it was dinner time. We had the local FRIED PIES :-/ IMG_0113.jpg Not the healthiest of options but when in Rome… I had potato and vegetables in mine and Dan had chicken and vegetables in his. IMG_0114.jpg They were awesome, Dan even had 2 and then we bought a chocolate filled one for dessert but the girl gave us one free so we could have another one the following day.

24 Jan – Today we drove through Kansas and I decided I wanted to do some sightseeing again. 1IMG_0116.jpg

So we went to go and have a look at Castle rock, which is a random huge rock about 20miles into the unknown. Once we arrived it was really cool as it just stood there all alone with nothing and no one around it. 88IMG_0123.jpg6IMG_0125.jpgIMG_0130.jpglarge_IMG_0131.jpgIMG_0138.jpg

We kept it company for a little while then headed back to civilization. IMG_0118.jpg9IMG_0120.jpgIMG_0142.jpg

We drove to the town Limon and stayed in the hotel called 1st inn Gold. For dinner we went to the local pub called South side. Here they had the NFL game on between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orlean Saints. The Saints have never been to the super bowl and when we visited New Orleans everyone told us about this big match being played on Sunday. We totally cheered the Saints and they won during over time which is really cool as they are the NFC champions now and have the opportunity to go to the super bowl for the first time in history. GO THE SAINTS!!!

-Jane

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