2013 trip, The South

Waveland, Mississippi

We had a day to kill, so we chose to spend one more day on a beach. Waveland, Mississippi was the closest beach to New Orleans with a campground. It was a cloudy day, but still a great way to end our last “free day” as our epic adventure came to an end. If you look closely, you can see a big piece of a house stuck in a tree at our campsite. Eight years later, we still saw lots of remnants of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi coast, but they’re rebuilding really well.

It was no coincidence that we found a ton of dead things washed up on the beach — I think it was symbolic of the end of our adventure.

2013 trip, friends, The South

New Orleans, Louisiana

Fate (and bananas) brought us to New Orleans! Because we didn’t want to camp or Walmart in the Big Easy, we were either going to skip it or just breeze through NOLA on our new southern route. BUT Chiquita happened to have a tradeshow there, so we lucked out and got to see some old friends! My college friend, Christian, was there, too — we were in the right place at the right time! Clyde loved his first visit, and I suddenly remembered how the sludge-lined cobblestone streets ruined a pair of boots on my visit for the Sugar Bowl 4 years ago. :/