June 1, 2018
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen us traveling around the South this week! Well, one of my absolute favorite things to blog is travel — so get ready for a long one. I got to try my hand at some landscape photography instead of my usual portraiture this time around. The proof is in the pictures!
Fact: I was not born on the bayou, I just stole the lyric from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song trying to come up with a clever title. My family does live in Baton Rouge, though.
Joey and I visited the city of New Orleans in March of last year for a couple of days. At that time, we were on another road trip around Alabama and Florida so we didn’t get to stay too long, but we fell in love so much with the culture and liveliness of the city we vowed to return soon for a longer stay. Last Wednesday, we picked up our rental car and headed South with our good friends Katie and Orion. A few old friends of ours live in Mississippi (just a few hours from NoLa) so we planned to stay there the first and last nights of the trip, cutting a few hours off of our sixteen hour drive. When we arrived in Pearl, we were greeted with a big Southern thunderstorm and some homemade Jambalaya.
The next morning, we left for NoLa and stopped at Abita Brewery on the way. At this point, it was pouring rain and the forecast was looking incredibly bleak for our stay. After waiting out the downpour with a few beers (and some King Cake soda for me) we arrived in New Orleans that evening. The real specialty of New Orleans isn’t Bourbon Street — but the streets surrounding it. They are filled with historic homes, shops and some incredible, very crowded, Jazz bars. Below are some photos of our stay in New Orleans, including some photography of the cemeteries and Garden District. Not pictured, our trip to both the National WWII Museum and the Museum of Death.
The weather was back and forth during our stay. One of the days while in NoLa, we got caught in the rain (I mean, POURING rain) and had to walk about six blocks in it. We got back to our hotel completely soaked, dripped water all through the lobby on the walk of shame up to the sixth floor. Not included is the photo of me looking like a drowned rat, but I figure you can all take my word for it. Haha! Even a “not ideal” experience is still an experience. At that point, tropical storm Alberto was predicted to hit us — but it ended up swaying East, leaving sunshine for the remainder of our trip.
Joey and I are huge Civil War people, so of course we had to visit Vicksburg while in the Sipp. Below are just a couple photos I took while going through the bayou and Vicksburg.
From Vicksburg, we took a nice drive through the Mississippi Delta.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip with many new experiences.
*If you’re interested in seeing more from our trip including video clips, check out the On the Road highlight in my Instagram profile!