It’s been so long since I have blogged so there is so much to write about! It might have to be a two or three part update.
We go back to where we left off – just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Today we arrived at Kara’s house in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Laura was there as well. We met these two lovely ladies last year when we were on our way to Greece, we were all making our way to the islands but didn’t really have any plans so decided to travel together (along with Danielle and Fred who we visit later in this blog!).
When we arrived we went out to dinner to a delicious brew house that served local Tennessee beers and great food. After dinner we headed to a bar where a band was playing and were introduced to the local Chattanooga shot – the ‘Wet Pussy’! It came out in a huge glass and we had to skull it rather than shot it as it was that big! It was delicious and we may have had a few rounds! We somehow made our way home – in a taxi we think and had a lovely sleep in Kara’s guest room – it was nice to sleep in a real room rather than the RV for a night.
The next day we drove up to Kara’s Dad’s house which was about an hour and a half up in the mountains. He lives on acres and acres of land that backs on to a state park. He was cooking us a delicious meal of deer, pork and turkey, all of which he had freshly hunted the day before. He had a large smoker which had all the meat in it as well as some amazingly tasty beans.
While dinner was cooking we took some of the 4 wheelers out for a ride. We drove through a river and I forgot to lift up my feet so came out the other side with soaked shoes – it was freezing! We stopped for a beer at a little watering hole and then headed back.
When we got back to the house we set up the keg and got warm around the big bon fire in the backyard. Before long there was about 15-20 people there and also a band – Bob and the Electric Bananas. We spent the night around the campfire listening to the band, eating delicious food and even got to drink some moonshine from a mason jar! It was a great night and we even set off some fireworks that we had bought near Niagara Falls – my favourite was called the Roman Candle which you hold while it shoots out balls of light! We didn’t have any big ones that went up in the air but it was still great fun.
Later that night we decided to take one of Kara’s friends Suzuki Sidekick into the bush for some 4 wheeling – it was so much fun and then Flynn took me out on one of the 4 wheelers! Was a bit scarier riding around in the dark!
The next day we went to see the tallest waterfalls on the east side of the Rockies. It was a nice hike down and the waterfall was beautiful. We then headed back to Kara’s and had the chance to shoot a target with one of their guns! The noise was so loud! I wasn’t very good at hitting the target but Flynn did alright – not compared to Kara though!
After gun shooting we made our way back to Kara’s house to get ready for Halloween. I was a witch and Flynn went as a pirate. Kara’s costume was great; she went as pregnant Bella from Twilight. We took the RV to one party for a few hours and while we were there we got introduced to the game of Flip Cup – it was so much fun and we were better than we expected! We then headed to another party and parked the RV in a friend’s driveway so we could easily get into bed later that night! It was such a fun night and a great experience for our first ever Halloween!
The next morning we went out for brunch and got $1 mimosas that were delicious. Then we said a sad goodbye to Kara and her lovely friends and stopped at a haunted market before making our way to Nashville.
We made it to Nashville around dinner time and caught up with one of our friends from camp – Gaga. It was great to see her and she gave us a tour of her college called Vanderbilt. We went out for a dinner and I had some delicious garlic wine mussels. Gaga then showed us the main street of Nashville which was lit up and looked like a lot of fun to go out and listen to the live music that Nashville is famous for. We then said goodbye to Gaga and stayed just out of Nashville for the night.
The next day we went straight to Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, in Memphis. We got the platinum tour which meant we could tour around his house as well as his airplanes and a few other exhibits. His house was set up just as he had it in the 70s and was so interesting to see. His private jet was amazing as well and was even equipped with a bedroom!
We then drove to Ole Miss in Mississippi where a few of our friends from camp go to college. We made ourselves dinner in the Wal-Mart car park (how classy of us!) and then met up with Delta and Stretch and they took us on a tour of their college. It was a beautiful campus and all the fraternity and sorority houses were huge. We got to see inside Delta’s sorority house and it was beautifully decorated. There was a massive dining hall where all the girls eat their meals – they have a chef who makes breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also had a frozen yogurt machine so we got dessert! We stayed the night at one of Delta’s friend’s condos and it was great to hang out with them.
Then next morning we drove down to New Orleans, on the way there we went over the longest bridge we have even seen – it was about 23 miles long! As we were crossing the wetlands there were houses on each side of us that were only accessible by boat – it was like we were in a different country as the scenery was so different. We found our RV Park and then chilled for the night, but not before watching the local news and finding out that there was a shooting the night before we arrived in Bourbon Street – needless to say I was a little bit nervous!
Our first day in New Orleans started with a 30 minute bus ride into the centre of New Orleans and then we jumped onto the tram car which took us down to Bourbon Street. We walked along Bourbon Street but it was very quiet as it was only about 2pm. We also checked out the French market and bought some Cajun spices. We then we visited a restaurant that was recommended by the RV Park owner and Flynn had a sandwich that is famous in New Orleans called a Muffaletta – it is filled with three different types of meat with olive salad and a few more ingredients. For desert we headed to Cafe Du Monde for their famous French donuts called Beignets. They were absolutely delicious. We decided we needed to get ourselves the famous Hand Grenade drink before heading home so stopped at the original bar to get one – they were so strong and tasted very much like midori. As we walked back to the bus there was a group of about 15 people playing brass instruments on the street corner – they were great.
The next day we went on a swamp tour. We got to see an alligator, a few birds and even a rabid racoon. The swamp was a really interesting area and the tour guide had lived on the swamp his whole life so had some interesting stories. After the tour we caught the bus into town and went out to dinner for Flynn’s birthday. Flynn had a soft shell crab and it was weird to learn that you could eat the whole thing – claws and all! After diner we went to Paddy O’Brien’s and each got a hurricane drink that the pub is famous for and then we went on a ghost tour. The ghost tour was really interesting – there were so many crazy stories about torture and haunting around the streets – luckily we didn’t run into any ghosts! We finished the night with a walk down Bourbon Street – which was pumping! We had a drink in a little jazz bar and watched their band play for about an hour – they were great. Then we headed home.
The next day we drove to Austin, Texas to catch up with some more friends we met in Italy and travelled Greece with – Danielle and Frederick. I will upload this adventure soon!
Love you all