I apologize these type of entries haven’t been as consistent. The past couple days have had a lot going on, which is good in the long run.
So Day 3 wasn’t as interesting at first. The majority of the day consisted of driving from Knoxville, TN, through Alabama and Mississippi to New Orleans. About an 8 hr trip but it wasn’t as long as it took from DC to Knoxville.
So leaving TN was probably the most interesting part of the drive. Mainly because at one point we were driving through Mountains. They were pretty huge and fully covered in trees. And oddly enough, there were some houses on them. Found it odd someone would build a house so out of the way, but if you decide to live in southern Tennessee, I guess thats middle of nowhere already.
After a couple hours, we hit Alabama. We knew this because the Mountains turned to these lines of really tall skinny trees all down the road. And thats what we saw for hours. Til we drove by Birmingham which was a city. Nothing big and fancy but had signs of civilizations.
I then let my sister drive and took a nap , bc I wasn’t gonna miss much. We hit Mississippi and stopped at Meridan. Looked like a rest stop more than a city. But we were almost to New Orleans which was nice.
Couple more hours of driving and we hit a long stretch of bridge that had the National Nature Preserve surrounding it. Finally pulled up to NOLA and the city was awesome. Superdome was enormous. And sitting directly in the city. We drove onto Canal and there were bright lights and palm trees. There was trollies bussiling down the center of the street, known as the neutral zone.
Went up and down Canal to give it a look and then drove to our hotel off Magazine. Dropped off our stufff and gave my care to the valet bc there is nowhere else to park. And got ready to go out. Walked down to a place called Daisy Dukes and order me a Gator Po Boy and an Abita Amber. Caught the end of the Monday night football game and talked to my sister about all the Louisanna things she expect to see and here, including Vampires and Sookie Stackhouse.
After the meal we went directly to Bourbon Street and ordered a Hand Grenade which is drink in this tall neon container that has an explosive mixture in it.
My sister and I walked in an out of places, and settled at the Howl at the Moon dueling pianos bar where we sat next to a recently returned Army Soldier from Iraq who was getting praise and drinks left and right. One time got dragged to the stage and sang with one of the Navy Vet piano players. He was pretty nice dude.
Had a great time at the piano bat and even requested “Great Balls a Fire”. If your ever at a duelling piano bar, request this song. My friend Nick told me this when we were in Austin together. Watch the video I post for the reason why.
After that awesome song we headed out again and went to a bar that had a back open section. Met these two guys who run a cross country bar crawl. I found this awesome. They take people from LA to Boston in like a month an stop at cities along the way. Whatba way to live.
We headed back after a few more trips up and down the never sleeping Bourbon street and went home. Tomorrow would be a full day of New Orleans where we’d get some great food, meet some awesome and here some ridiculous music.