Part 20 – Pit stop in Nashville, TN

I have to say, I never thought I’d be able to read a book while driving.  Don’t worry; the car wasn’t actually in motion.  On our way from Memphis to Nashville, we got stuck in leftover traffic from an accident and were at a literal standstill for the better part of an hour.  There was…

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Part 19 – Independence Day in Memphis – The Home of Blues

After a whirlwind 3 days in New Orleans, it was time for us to say farewell to the city.  Exhausted, we rolled out of our hotel right at checkout time, preserving every precious moment of lying in bed that we possibly could.  By now we had been on the road for exactly 21 days and…

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Part 18 – History, Jazz, and Booze in New Orleans

New Orleans in July feels like sitting for hours on end in a steam bath with the dial turned to extra frizz.  I cannot even describe to you how insanely hot and humid I felt for the 3 days we spent in the city.  A Seattle native, I’m used to mild temperatures with relative humidity…

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Part 17 – Alligators and Ghost Stories in New Orleans

From the moment I had started imagining activities for this trip I knew one of them had to be a swamp tour.  There’s just something so “Louisiana” to me about the swamps and bayous.  Our tour began on the outskirts of Lafayette – a one hour drive from Baton Rouge.  We moseyed along at a…

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Part 16 – A Taste of Louisiana

A word to the wise – Don’t wait until two days ahead of time to book New Orleans over 4th of July weekend.  I can only blame myself for that fiasco for both losing track of days over the course of the trip and definitely not realizing it would be the 4th of July weekend. …

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Part 15 – BBQ, Cowboys, and Saloons in Texas

Though I’ve always known Texas was huge, I never really thought much about how huge.  I found out that day as we drove from Big Spring to Dallas which took a majority of our morning and early afternoon.  Granted, we didn’t leave at the crack of dawn, but several hours on one freeway can make…

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