I’ve been on the road since March and I haven’t really updated much about what I’ve been up to. I’m going to use this post to do just that.
After Shenandoah National Park, I Walmart-hopped my way to Decatur Alabama. My Father and Grandmother live there. I camped in my Grandmother’s neighborhood for about 2 weeks while visiting. Then I camped in Bankhead National Forest.
It was nice to get some solitude after visiting my family. My next destination was New Orleans to visit my brother for his birthday. It was the first time I’d seen him in about 6 years. The original plan was to buy us both tickets to Jazz Fest as a birthday gift, but we decided against it. The whole festival ended up getting rained out anyway.
We explored some swamps in Jean Lafitte National Park for his birthday instead.
It’s beautiful, but I wouldn’t want to swim in it.
I wish I could capture the sounds in a photograph. The forest was so alive.
We followed this bridge to a trail.
I spent most of my time exploring the city. It’s a mixing bowl of art and culture. It’s very loud and alive.
The architecture made me feel like I left the United States.
A lot of fences have broken glass on top to prevent people from climbing them. This place must be mad. Check out the top of the brick wall.
I think the Mississippi River was my favorite part.
I’m not sure why, but I feel like this image captures the vibe New Orleans. This was in my brother’s room.
This dog was awesome. She likes to sit on shoes.
It rained a ton while I was there. I spent most of these rainy days in my van watching YouTube videos.
After about 2 weeks, I was ready to leave. I figured I’d head toward Big Bend National Park. I camped in Houston, Texas for a while. I had a slow leak at the valve stem of my front left tire. I woke up one morning and it was completely flat. Walmart is probably one of the best places you can get a flat tire. I put the spare on, drove to a Discount Tire, and they gave me a new valve stem.
I checked out the weather for Big Bend National Park and decided to head north instead. It’s way too hot there this time of year.
I drove north to Texarkana. I loved this town. Everything I needed was 3 minutes away; Walmart, Coffee shops, Lowes, and gym. There is barely any traffic even at rush hour. I spent some time here just working on my website. Lowes has the best Wi-Fi.
I bought this little desk for about $5 at Walmart to make blogging a little more comfortable. I considered building a hinged desk off the side of the counter, but I like this better. I can move it around if I need to. I can even bring it outside. I think it gives me more options.
The next post will be about Arkansas. I think after New Orleans, I needed some down time so I just focused on my website. I even made this van tour video:
Yesterday was my birthday.