When I was about fifteen, a surfer movie came out called Endless Summer, and I loved it. It made me wish I'd been born in Southern California instead of Northern Iowa. But I eventually came to accept that my roots are deep in this place where summer ends rather dramatically and the green things dry … Continue reading Ending summer
Almost as soon as we arrived in New Orleans, people started asking us if we would be doing a trip like this again. In the first few days, my answer was quick and certain - NO. Then it became more conditional - "well, not self supported" or "well, not that far." Then it became even … Continue reading Would you do it again?
We flew home from New Orleans on Tuesday, June 19 (well, Wednesday, really). Walked up the many steps to our front door at 3:30 am after an eight hour delay at the MSY airport, with our pannier bags and a suitcase that my sister shipped to us in New Orleans, fumbling for house keys that … Continue reading Homecoming
It was strange to be on foot all day yesterday rather than traveling by bike, but we had a lovely time wandering around the city. We woke early and walked down to the Mississippi river and it was humid - tropical, even, by nine o'clock. Overheard the captain of the steamboat Natchez direct his crew … Continue reading Day Twenty Eight: New Orleans walkabout
We woke yesterday, as we have so many mornings in the last month, to the sounds of highway workers who were staying next door at the days comfort super six eight rodeway motel inn getting up at the crack of dawn to get back out to work. Our typical first thoughts when we woke were … Continue reading Day Twenty Seven: LaPlace, LA to New Orleans, LA
So we went out to dinner tonight in a ten foot U-Haul truck. The restaurant, Frenier Landing, was on Lake Pontchartrain, a couple of miles from the motel where we are staying, next to some swampland, and the night air was humid and heavy. We were amazed by the size of the dragonflies there; they … Continue reading Day Twenty Six: Natchez to Laplace, LA, mostly by U-Haul