Hello dear readers!
Sorry for the delay in updates. I am currently on the road at our third destination of my first big trip! Which is a total of 17 Destinations, 20 States, 6,808 miles, a total of driving for 2 days and 13 hours, over 35 days across the entire US; from Atlanta, out West, North up the coast, then back to Atlanta! ... Then back to Ohio!
To prep for the trip we modified my Honda Element by taking out the back seats and adding a bed frame and mattress. I got this idea from looking through different blogs and threads. Since the Element doesn't have a door handle in the truck, we had to modify it so that when we sleep in the back, we can get out easily and not through the suicide doors. Below are some pictures of the car mods, I'll make a more detailed post later about how we did it all.
We left Atlanta and went south to the Providence Canyons, better known as, "Georgia's Little Grand Canyon". Unfortunately, when we got there, a server lightening storm hit so we didn't feel comfortable going down into the actual canyons themselves. Instead, we hiked the rim and got some pretty cool shots. Check em out below!
After visiting the canyons, we went to stay with a good friend in Birmingham Alabama. It was a great time where we got to try some Trim Tab brews before passing out and leaving early. But I forgot to bust out the camera and take pictures! I only got one of the sky line.
From Birmingham, we went West to New Orleans! If you've never used AirBnB before, I highly suggest it. We wound up renting a rather nice apartment that was just under a mile from the French Quarter for only $50 a night. That reservation included a full kitchen, extremely comfortable bed, fridge, full bath and shower, as well as a decently nice TV and living room. We spent a total of three days there and had a blast. On the long drive, we wound up listening to about two hours of Alan Watts lectures. We wound up getting some bike tubes because, as it turned out, the bikes we were lent had some slow leaks. Ironically, we never wound up using the bikes in New Orleans. Instead, we opt'ed to walk to prepare for the hiking we will have to do in the very near future. We explored the French Quarters and Mid City mostly. And wound up getting an amazing brunch at Katie's Restaurant! We tried everything from Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms to Hurricanes, Daiquiri's, wound up on Bourbon St and had some fun there, even trying Gator Sausage, Gator Bites, and even a Crab Cake & Shrimp Po Boy. All in all, we walked at least a total of 18 hours, about six hours a day. I can't wait to go back and visit again! Below are some pictures we snagged on the second day we were there.
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After New Orleans, we continued West!! We wound up stopping for some road side Cajun Cooking and it was delicious. We even ventured over to a small Alligator Attraction where we got to hold baby Alligators. At the time of writing this post, we are in Houston TX staying with a good friend I haven't seen in a long time. From here we go to Austin TX, Roswell NM, then the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite, San Francisco, the Redwood Forest and drive up the coast, Santa Fe, Portland, Glacier National Park, Yellow Stone, the Salt Flats, Denver, then Rocky Mountain National Park. We may even wind up stopping through Nashville and doing some other East Coast destinations such as Asheville NC and Cumberland Island if we have enough time.
Otherwise, stay tuned! I'll update soon and post more about the mods to the car, how we choose what to bring, how we figured out our budget, destinations, how we're making money while traveling, and more!
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