Friday, June 29, 2007

Day Six

June 28th, 2007
- Today we started the day by having craw fish cakes and po’ boy sandwiches at a nearby restaurant in the French Quarter. After that, we took a stroll along the Riverwalk of the Mississippi and sat down by the river. We had to stick our feet in the mighty Mississippi. We watched the flying fish jump out of the water and then made our way into the mall where I bought a couple of Banana Republic blouses on sale and Roger got to see the most complete art gallery he had ever seen full of original pieces from the best photographers of the past century. The entire second floor of the gallery was dedicated to Diane Arbus alone. Then we stopped to buy some post cards, an Icee for myself and a nice cold beer for Roger. Then we went back to the hotel and took a nice little nap and watched Jurassic Park. We needed to rest up for the night. We then got up and went to The Bayou restaurant to get some dinner, I had crawfish pasta and Melissa had the seafood sampler. Bourbon Street came alive as we finished dinner, so we went for a walk as soon as we were done. The street is filled with bars frat guys and strip clubs. We ended walking into two different bars that had cover bands. The first one was amazing, they played songs from the 70’s and the 80’s like Bon Jovi and Stevie Ray Vaughn. We then went home and got rest to get up this morning.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Day Five

June 27, 2007
- We woke up in a hotel in Lake Charles, LA. We then drove straight to New Orleans. It took us a total of about 4 hours to get there and it was amazing crossing Breaux Bridge and driving in the middle of a lightening storm. Roger was excited. He had never been in the middle of a rain storm in the middle of summer. We crossed the Mississippi in Baton Rouge and we hoped to see alligators but were disappointed. We then checked in at The St. Marie’s Hotel off of Bourbon and Toulouse St. right in the middle of the French Quarter. It was very hot and humid, so we decided to stay in the hotel for a little and have some good quality R&R…and a little more ;)…which lasted a little longer than we expected. But then we went out on the town and had cherry bombs (rubbing alcohol soaked maraschino cherries) and some drinks in Lafitte’s Black Smith Shop. It is the oldest building used as a bar in the United States. There was not a single electric light used. Everything was very authentic and candle lit. We loved it. We walked around just a little bit and then called it quits for the night.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Day Four

June 26, 2007

- Woke up far to early after such a long drive last night but went and got breakfast and got ready to explore San Antonio. It was still raining sporadically as we drove downtown. We went and saw the Alamo (which by the way is interesting but just by pass the lines by walking around everyone that stands there like cows). We then proceeded onto the famous riverwalk. The riverwalk is a U shaped diversion in the San Antonio river which flows directly through town. It is absolutely beautiful, although very humid. It's what we imagined a tropical version of Venice to be like. There are restaurants and shops all along the way, we ate at Boudros where we had amazing food and our first prickly pear margaritas which were delicious and all very affordable. We then took off for Louisiana and got a room in Port Charles. Tomorrow we head to New Orleans :) YAY! One of the most interesting things that we have seen as we travel is the homogenization of culture. Today we stopped in a mall to kill time and heat as the Houston traffic passed, everyone dressed looked and spoke the way they saw on television. Except for the southern use of y'all you wouldn't know the difference between that mall and one in California.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Day Three

June 25, 2007
- This morning we slept in and then preceded to leave Roswell for Carlsbad Caverns. It was supposed to be a short hour and a half drive to the caves which were made longer by stop lights and a wrong turn off the highway. We finally made it there where we parked and changed into our jeans so that we could endure the 50 degree temperature change from the surface to the big room below the surface. Melissa had never been there but I had about fifteen years ago. To anyone that gets a chance to visit this National Park, do. This place is one of the most visually stunning places I have ever been, though I had seen it before it was worth the revisit everything looked better and more spectacular than before. We stayed a few hours and then took off for Texas. Our first stop was Fort Stockton where we had dinner. The countryside from Roswell to Fort Stockton was surprisingly green, I had spoken to an officer about our route the day before and he let me know that the region has received far more rain than usual. I was very surprised by the beauty of the country as we pressed on out of Fort Stockton to San Antonio. The drive was filled with the beauty of the prairies infamous lightening storms which lit the distant clouded skies. As we drove on the route the cloudes thickened as we left the west Texas Mesquite for the Oak hills of central Texas. The air was thick and breezy as the rain began to fall when we entered San Antonio late this Evening. It is far to late to be writing this and I need to get to bed.

Day Two

June 24, 2007
- This morning I awoke to the light of sunrise, though this is not something that I am unaccustomed to it was something that I was not prepared for. The previous night Melissa and I climbed into the back of the car to sleep as I had built a bed to accommodate the two of us. This bed though comfy for the first hour proved to stiff for our backs waking the both of us up through out the night. So by 6:30am we were on the road heading out of flagstaff towards Albuquerque. We stopped for breakfast and Melissa took pictures of concrete dinosaurs. Old Town Albuquerque was hot overpriced and not as interesting as I had remembered so we walked to the natural history museum and took a tour of New Mexico’s history, if you ever go a 70 year old women by the name of Gayle can give you a fascinating 20 minute discourse on rocks of New Mexico (just back up and say thank you to escape). We decided that we had enough of Albuquerque and drove on to Roswell, along the way we drove through a prairie thunder storm and Melissa saw her first pronghorn antelope. Today we drove over 600 miles and ended in a horrible Motel 6 in the heat of the desert.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Day One

June 23, 2007
- Well, today started off wonderfully, the first ten minutes… as soon as we got on the road our skid plate started flapping and scraping the ground so we had to turn back and take it off. Come to find out…Deer Creek Car Wash decided to steal the universal clips that held it on the day before when we got an oil change. So…an hour later, we were off. The trip was uneventful until Melissa, as we entered Arizona; saw her first desert hurricane (dust devil) ;) The first major stop of the day was the Grand Canyon. It was beautiful although we didn’t go on the skywalk as we had enough canyon through the “grand” views. We were satisfied. We then traveled to Flag Staff AZ, and stopped for some good old fashioned live entertainment down town and saw some nerdy old men try to dance to a Jimmy Hendrix and Stevie Wonder cover band and ate huge hot dogs. We then hunted for a camping spot and got really lucky finding something on an eastern slope of the valley. We drove a total of 578 total miles. And here we are at the end of the day writing the journal entry at 8:58 pm in our car tent.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Leaving Tomorrow

We leave tomorrow on our trip. If anyone needs to get ahold of us just give us a call you can reach us by cellphone or email which I will try to check periodically throughout the trip. The car is packed and pointed out of the driveway, we just need to sleep and get up early in the morning so that we can see the Grand Canyon by midday- Roger and Melissa

Monday, June 18, 2007

First Post

Well, in few days Melissa and I will be leaving on a trip that I have been planning for ten years. It all started in high school when a friend Erik let me borrow his VW Trends magazine. Within its pages it held a reoccurring article about a man that traveled around the country in his 1950's Hebmuller. I wanted his job, life and car. Though ten years later I don't posses all of those things, I do have the time to take part in part of my dream.
I have always been interested in history, geography, literature, music and art. In particular books by Kerouac, Bukowski and Kuralt spiked my interest in seeing the nation that these men experienced. The world that they illustrated through their written word gave me a blueprint for which to plan an adventure that not only gave me the insight into our varied culture but the ability to experience it first hand. I hope to see the art, music and culture that makes up our nation, I want to know the way in which the country effects its people and conversely. Well, this and having a good time just trying to get by.
We will be heading out this week through the southwest to see the south and eastern seaboard. Our trip will hit most of the nations major southern cities, while still making the trip a feasible possibility with my budget and time. These next few weeks will be fun but rushed, you'll be hearing more from me later - Roger