WE FINALLY MADE IT HOME! I was beginning to wonder if all of that driving was ever going to end. Again the drive was a pretty boring one, and I don't have a lot of stories to tell about it. Sad right? This morning we did drive to the Four Corners Monument which was really cool. I stood right in the circle and was in four states at once. Crazy right?! I thought it was pretty awesome.


I am so glad that I was able to go on this trip with Brody, my mom, Carol, and to be able to stay in New Orleans with Kim. It was definitely an experience of a lifetime and I can't wait to revisit ​New Orleans again someday! But for now, I am happy to be sleeping in my own bed again ;) 

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These long days of driving are killing me! This morning we left Oklahoma City, but not before I could go check out Chesapeake Energy Arena where the Oklahoma City Thunder play. It would have been way cooler if Kevin Durant hadn't just switched teams because he is like my man (right behind Brody of course ;) but I still like Russell Westbrook so it was still pretty cool. :)

Today we drove from Oklahoma City through Amarillo, TX (again, ugh), Santa Fe, NM, and tonight we are staying in a town in New Mexico called Farmington. We went through a couple of cool towns today like; Moscow, Arkansas, Brittan, Oklahoma, and Cuba, New Mexico. Today's drive was a pretty lame one, and I am ready to finally be home tomorrow!

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Today we started our journey back home. We left New Orleans around 7:30 and headed toward Arkansas. We went through a couple of little towns with cool names like London and Transylvania in Arkansas. We went through Little Rock where we stopped to fuel up. It was the slowest thing ever. Not kidding, like it took 20 minutes to get 9 gallons of diesel. Then the pump didn't click off when my tank was full so we had a diesel spill in the parking lot, so that was really cool. We are staying in Oklahoma City for the night and we just got back to our hotel from eating chicken empanadas at a good Mexican restaurant called "On the Border." I am excited because tomorrow morning we are going to see Chesapeake Energy Arena!

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Unfortunately today is our last day here in the wonderful city of New Orleans. I am sad that it is coming to an end, but I am so glad that I was able to experience this trip. So today we headed out pretty early to East New Orleans to Honey Island to go on a swamp tour. We were out on a boat for an hour and forty-five minutes and I counted 24 alligators (hopefully I wasn't counting the same ones twice but it wouldn't be surprising). We also saw a lot of turtles, a few snakes, and some really pretty, different kinds of birds. The tour guide thought it was funny to put a marshmallow right on one of the alligator's heads in between her eyes. I thought it was kind of rude, but it was pretty funny.

On our way back into the city we obviously had to stop at a drive through daiquiri shop for a refreshment because it was our last time getting to go through one of those awesome things. We ate at another new placed called "High Hat Cafe" where I tried fried okra and hush puppies for the first time. I am not a big fan of okra, but the hush puppies were pretty good. Kim got a vegetable plate for lunch and it was really funny because none of the "veggies" are really considered real vegetables back in Idaho. It consisted of cheese grits, macaroni and cheese, and green beans covered in bacon.

After we were done eating we had to take Brody to the airport. Instead of driving back with us he is just flying right into Lewiston so that he can get back to work. Hopefully we will still be able to figure out the GPS without him and make it home eventually ;) we are watching a really confusing movie right now so I better start paying attention to that. We head out in the morning so I will write again tomorrow night! ​

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I'm sad because our days here are coming to an end. This morning we went over to City Park and had some coffee and beignets at a place called "Morning Call." This was originally down in the French Quarter but when 'Cafe du Monde" moved to the Quarter and became famous then "Morning Call" moved up into City Park. It was still very good (because who doesn't like doughnuts for breakfast?) So in my first picture you can see all of the stuff hanging off of the tree branches. It was actually really pretty and what is even cooler is that it lives off of the oxygen so it doesn't even hurt the tree at all!

After eating we headed to West New Orleans to a swamp out there in search for alligators. We walked through the Visitor Center which was really neat, and then walked the boardwalk along the swamp. Sadly we didn't see any alligators (which is why we are going on a swamp tour tomorrow) but we did see turtles, lizards, and a lot of huge spiders (YUCK). Seriously, Brody almost walked right into a huge spider web with an even bigger spider in it. It was horrible. Walking the boardwalk was really pretty, but it was so hot and the air was so humid that it got pretty hard to breathe after a while. The picture below is a picture of the swamp but it is so overgrown that you can't even tell that there is any water underneath it.

Later we headed back and did a little more shopping down at the French Quarter. We went to a little bar called "Molly's at the Market" which is famous for their Frozen Irish Coffee. From there we headed back towards Kim's house and went to another little bar/cafe called "Bayou Beer Garden" and had some really good appetizers and drinks. After all of that we obviously needed a little rest so we went back to Kim's house and relaxed for awhile before we went to eat again :) Seriously we have eaten SO much on this trip. For dinner we went to a little pizza place called "Theo's." It was really good, and since we already have enough leftovers from dinners previous at the house I obviously had to eat my whole pizza so that I didn't have to take anymore leftovers home. :) Talk more tomorrow!

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Today was kind of our "relax and take it easy day"because we didn't do much. Kim and I went to the Post Office to send my book back and there was this cute little black kid and he kept reaching out to touch me and try and touch my hair and everything. He has probably never seen anyone with blonde hair before, and it was just really cute.

We kind of sat around till about 2 then went on a driving tour basically. Kim drove us in a circle around New Orleans. We saw St. Charles Avenue, where all of the beautiful, old, mansions are. From there we drove over to the Ninth Ward in East New Orleans. This was where the levee broke when Hurricane Katrina came through and just completely washed away houses. It is sad because in some places you can see where the slabs of cement and the steps up to the houses were, but there are no longer houses. On some houses that are still there we could see the water line up on the house showing how high the water actually got. It is also one of the poorer neighborhoods so when Katrina came and washed everything away a lot of people just couldn't come back. In the mean time though Brad Pitt put a lot of money into building a whole bunch of energy efficient houses that are affordable for people to live in so that they were able to come back after the storm. All of the Brad Pitt houses were very cool, and it was such a nice thing for him to do to help out all of those people.

We drove over to The University Of New Orleans where Kim works,which is an awesome campus, and then drove over to Lake Pontchartrain which doesn't even look like a lake because it is so big. That was also very pretty.

So in New Orleans you can carry open alcohol anywhere as long as it isn't glass, so they have these drive through daiquiri shops EVERYWHERE. It is so strange because you are going to a drive through to get booze. I mean I think it's pretty awesome, but it's just crazy!

Tonight we ate at a little restaurant called Liuzza's where I had a cold ham po-boy and homemade Mac N' Cheese. If you haven't gotten the gist of it, I really enjoy Mac N' Cheese :) Afterwards we went back to "A. Brocato" for gelato and pastries. This time I tried the stracciatella (I had no idea how to say it so I just pointed), and a Mezza Crema. YUM! Kim bought us all these little pastries called dead man bones which don't really look like it in my pictures. They tasted a lot like licorice, and had a really interesting texture.

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We started today out by going to the famous "Cafe du Monde" to have Chicory coffee and beignets for breakfast. I now understand why "Cafe du Monde" is famous because everything was great (and apparently so does everyone else because it was very crowded).

From there we walked around the French Quarter a little bit and walked around the outside of Satchmo SummerFest (because we didn't want to pay to sit outside and sweat to death) and we looked at all of the really great artwork along the fence. We didn't stay long at the French Quarter because we went and picked Carol up from the airport. She is staying the rest of the time here with us and is also going to drive back to Idaho with us. :)

We drove past the airport for a ways and got to see a couple ofreally neat old plantations including; Oak Alley, Laura's, San Fransisco,Whitney, and St. Joseph's. We actually stopped and took pictures of Oak Alleyand San Francisco and they were beautiful!

By the time we headed back we were all starving so Kim took us to a great restaurant called "Praline Connection." I'm not kidding when I say it has the BEST fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Here they consider macaroni and cheese a green, and with your entree you get a side of greens and beans but since I don't like beans I obviously just got a double order of Mac N' Cheese. ;) seriously though if you are ever in New Orleans you HAVE to go there!

After eating we headed straight over to supposedly the oldest bar in the United States, definitely the oldest in New Orleans, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. It is just a really dark pub with a lot of people but it is really cool. Brody and I had a Voodoo daiquiri, and a drunk girl took a selfie with me because I took her picture. After that we headed to Pat O' Brien's, famously known for their hurricanes, and guess what most of us had? Hurricanes, duh! :) we stayed out pretty late and got a little drunk, but we did get to experience Bourbon Street at night. I mean it's not really experiencing Bourbon Street unless you see crowds of drunk people and guys trying to bribe girls with beads to show their boobs right? It was pretty awesome though. I don't think Kim should have been our designated driver, but I can't drive in New Orleans (so confusing) so she did it anyways. We all laughed so hard the whole way home and had such a good day. :)

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So today was our first day out in New Orleans, and I love it here! Kim made us a great breakfast this morning and then we started on our day. Actually, we were all ready to go and had to wait on my mom because she thinks since we are on vacation that she can sleep in and not get ready forever. When she finally got ready to go we went to St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. It was really neat because all of the graves are set above ground so that all the water doesn't wash the bodies away. Also, families are all put into the same tomb so that is pretty cool.

We then headed down to the French Quarter, and walked down through the Flea Market and saw the muddy Mississippi. We barely made a dent in the French Quarter so we are going to need to go back and see even more. After walking for an hour or so (and losing gallons of sweat) we went into a pretty nice restaurant called "Tableau" where we had a couple of drinks.While we were sitting there an ENORMOUS thunder clap hit the sky and it was the loudest thunder I have ever heard. Well then of course it was just a huge thunder/lightning storm with downpours of rain so we decided it was a better idea to just hang out in the restaurant and have another drink and let the storm pass. I am glad we decided to do that because just now as we were all watching the news we found out that a tornado hit in the city really close to us. Nice thought right? ;) kind of scary, but also pretty cool.

After the storm we came back to the house to change out of our wet clothes and went to a cute little restaurant called "Katie's." I tried char-grilled oysters (not bad but I don't know if I'll order them again)and really went outside my comfort zone and put pepperoni on my pizza ;) Kim had a shrimp po-boy (meat served on New Orleans French bread) and my mom and Brody had muffulettas (ham, salami, provolone, and olive salad on round sesame bun type thing). Everything was really great, and then to make it better Kim bought us all Gelato from a cute little shop called "A.Brocoto."

Tomorrow Carol is flying in and I think we are going to go to Cafe du Monde, more of the French Quarter, a couple pubs, and Bourbon Street tomorrow night. Can't wait to sweat another 10 pounds off ;)

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WE MADE IT! :) today we drove from Wichita Falls, TX through Dallas, TX, Shreveport, LA, Baton Rouge, LA into New Orleans! Obviously when we got to Louisiana we had to get out and take a picture by the sign.

This morning we hit Dallas at rush hour (luckily my mom was driving or we probably wouldn't be here today). That was pretty crazy, but the rest of the drive was good until we hit rush hour traffic at Baton Rouge and had to cross a huge bridge that goes over the Mississippi River. That was something scary because we were seriously at the top and it was shaking. I understand it is good because that's what bridges are supposed to do, but it is still not a good feeling.

 

We are staying with my mom's friend Kim (well she is friends withall of us, but my mom has known her the longest) in her cute house that I wantfor myself. We got here at about 6:30 p.m. and what I have seen of New Orleansso far looks great :) it is really hot and humid already and from what I hearit's only supposed to get hotter. I think we are visiting Bourbon Street andthe French Quarter tomorrow so I will write more then!

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Well today we drove from Flagstaff, AZ through Albuquerque, NM and Amarillo, TX, and are staying in Wichita Falls, TX at a Motel 6 for the night. Today's drive was pretty boring because we didn't stop to do a lot, and it was a long day. We did eat at Olive Garden in Amarillo so that was nice. Our waiter had such a strong Texas accent though that I could barely understand what he was saying. Good thing I don't have to stay in Texas for very much longer :)

 Coming out of Albuquerque a car went by us on the interstate and we noticed that his bumper was basically hanging on by a thread. My mom made the comment that it was probably going to come off anytime and hit somebody.Well, seriously like 10 minutes later, guess who got hit by his bumper? If you guessed us then you're right! It didn't hurt my car, but there is a little scratch on the front :(

I loved the TV show Breaking Bad so when we were in Albuquerque went to the house where the main character in that TV show lived (obviously he doesn't really live there but it was still cool to see the house they used). Apparently the people who actually live there don't really like people stopping and taking pictures so we tried to be as sneaky as we could (we weren't) to take a quick picture. So that's the only picture I got from today.

I'm also trying to start getting a magnet from every place I have been (like states and big cities) and this trip is really letting me down. Igot one from Utah, The Grand Canyon, and Route 66, but couldn't find any for Flagstaff, Amarillo, and Albuquerque so I had to order them. It gets pretty awkward going into gas stations to look for magnets, finding out they don'thave any, and then trying to decide whether you should by something or walk outwith nothing while the person working thinks you probably stole something.

Well that's all for today. I'll update again tomorrow.

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