Been a little behind on blogs lately, it's been a busy week or so. Here's the accelerated version of what's happened during that time:
Very cool, eclectic city. Took in some jazz, had some awesome shrimp po boys at Dommelise's, then jambalaya and gumbo. Checked out the Garden District and French Quarter. Survived the mayhem that is Bourbon St. and hit the road towards TX. Made a pit stop in the Bayou on the way out for a boat tour, where we explored the swamp and saw wildlife like gators, wild boar, snakes, and various native birds, as well as many different aquatic plants.
Arrived in Houston late on a Wed. night and welcomed the opportunity to shower and sleep in AC at Jesse's friend Dylan's house (thanks kehd). Got lunch with him the following day before exploring downtown and walking along the water. Then we headed to midtown to Axelrad Brewery, a real cool place with outdoor seating, hammocks, and yard games. Later on, we played the part of fans for Dylan's kickball game, before grabbing some killer tacos at Torchy's and hitting midtown for the infamous turtle races, something none of us had ever seen. It was an odd but exciting event, and we all enjoyed ourselves.
Cruising through Texas:
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we only had about a day to make it from Houston to El Paso, which was no easy task. We would have loved to spend more time in the great state of Texas, but we needed to pick up our buddy Nick en route to Vegas; he only had a few days off from work as an army medic at Fort Bliss. We stopped in Austin for lunch at Juan in a Million, and to pick up a drone that we had ordered to an Amazon locker at UT Austin (a drone that we may or may not have lost after less than a week). Then, we began the 10 or so hour drive to El Paso, through the nice scenery of East and Central Texas, and the nothingness that is West Texas. This stretch really took a toll on the bus, and we needed to pull off the road a few times to let the engine cool down. We finally made it to Fort Bliss at about 2am, and decided to drive straight through to Vegas so that we'd be there for Saturday night (another short little 10 hr. drive).
C'mon, you guys know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...
But I will say it was great to see Nick for a couple days, and we all had a great time without getting into too much trouble.
Since Vegas, we've hit the Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon. Today, we're headed to Antelope Canyon in AZ, before cutting back to Joshua Tree National Park en route to San Diego. We'll be sure to post plenty of pictures from all these parks, but the pictures really don't do it justice. The landscapes are beautiful, and we'd highly recommend coming out to see for yourself if you haven't already. We've been doing a lot of hiking too, leaving us exhausted but satisfied by the end of each day.