Remember the little engine that could? Well our road trip has started out this way. If it could speak, I’m pretty sure it would say “I think I can… I think I can… I think I can…” Because really, things have been a little crazy. For one, it’s almost 1:30 am and I’m just now getting a trip post down – so I have to make it quick. But before we get on to the drama… let’s see how we picked our winner Aubrey!
Here’s the bucket of names. It’s actually our snack bucket now, filled to the brim with beef jerky, Pringles, mixed nuts, Toy Story fruit snacks (yes, I’m 31) granola bars and trail mix. However in these photos, it’s the highly coveted prize bucket (with my dino Fred keeping watch.) At first I had this great idea to let my office assistant, Lilla cat, pick the winner. She’s always stealing paper and shredding things. Of course this time, Lilla was more fascinated by the bucket and wouldn’t do my evil bidding. Winner pickin’ fail. So we put all the names back in the bucket, gave it a bunch of shakes and Brandon got to pick the winner! True story.
Disclaimer: we live in the country and our little black car gets really really dirty. I cleaned it before the road trip but only finished the inside – so please don’t judge! For the record, the car is still dirty. In fact I think it’s 80% close to getting “wash me” drawn on it with some kid’s stubby finger. Could it rain already? Maybe when we wake up in the morning we’ll find the car fairy stopped by. One can hope.
So the last time we took a road trip, I openly complained that our car was too small and that we needed a much larger vehicle. Well I forgot all about this until we packed up all our junk. Do you want the tripod? Well, dig it out under all the crap in the trunk. Oh hello, pass me the beef jerky? Just as soon as I dislocate my shoulder to move the camera bag off the ice chest and then get to the snack bucket. The car is so full that our seats have no way to recline. Which could have been another disaster in another day!
It took all day for us to get our stuff packed and finally hit the road. We eventually stopped in Alexandria, LA for the night. Since we had a fine dinner of beef jerky and Pringles, we ended the night at iHop for a yummy breakfast…
This is where the little vacation goes downhill. Apparently after all the work to leave on vacation, the packing and driving 6 hours to Louisiana, I was absolutely exhausted. As it turns out, I quickly became sick from exhaustion and spent the entire evening ill and crying like a big baby in our hotel room. Yep, all this excitement until 4:00 am! Sign me up, right? ;) On Saturday we woke up as late as possible and hit the road again – I’m actually thinking – maybe this is a bad idea and maybe I should just go home – but we put our chins up and head towards New Orleans…
Giant Crawfish in Alexandria, LA (see Mad Tater?)
We spent the 3.5 hour drive from Alexandria to New Orleans listening to Zydeco music on a local station and watching for gators, anywhere there was water.
Finally we arrived in New Orleans. WOO HOO!!! Oh wait, not woo hoo. More like oh. no. major. fail.
As it turned out every single hotel, motel and campground was booked. Yes, we spent FOUR hours trying to find a place to stay the night. Even if we wanted to, we couldn’t sleep in the car in the Wal Mart parking lot (that would be desperate!) on account of all the stuff in the car remember?
Amazingly, we never had a melt down between the two of us (though I certainly cried buckets to myself and Brandon looked really miserable.) We happened upon the Destrehan Plantation just after dark – and we walked to the front (it was closed) and stood there looking like sad little pups. I started bawling again because we couldn’t find a room and we’d have to double back. At this point I was thinking “we’re going to go home and I didn’t even see a gator or take pictures of plantations!”
Well, have no fear. We finally found a room… just outside Baton Rouge not too far from the plantations. It’s a really nice room too, with a big comfy king size bed and a bathtub calling my name. We’re staying here two nights so that we can tour a bunch of plantations and take a swamp tour (yay gators!!) so hopefully tomorrow we’ll finally be free to have a good time. Did I mention there is a microwave here and I have my popcorn in the snack bucket? That’s gotta be good for something!