Death Valley National Park, CA – Yosemite National Park, CA – Reno, NV
Sunrise in Death Valley
We made our visit to Death Valley as quick as possible to avoid… Well, death. Then, we moved on to Yosemite to trade the dry deserts for milder climates, and evergreen forests. along the way we picked up Jeffery Jones, a native American (even if the name is misleading) who had ridden his bike from Florida to Alaska… He was on his way back to his reservation in Arizona when his sprocket broke and he ended up hitching a ride with our motley cure, making it the strangest looking band of misfits when the cop pulled us over for speeding. We got off with a warning, dropped Jeffery at the nearest bike shop, then made a quick hike to the top of Vernal Falls in Yosemite (Half-Dome was vetoed by the group), and continued to Reno that night to gear up for the Big Event.
New Orleans, LA – White Sands National Monument, NM – Albuquerque, NM – Petrified Forest National Park, AZ – Flagstaff, AZ – Las Vegas, NM – Death Valley, CA
Sunset on the Highway
We left New Orleans at midnight, after an amazing Puppet Show that I unfortunately can’t remember anything from except the colors… and then drove all night and through the next day straight across Texas. Made our first stop in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. A few more sleepless nights, including stops at Petrified Forest National Park, Route 66, the hottest day of my life at the Hoover Dam (116ºF!!!), and a sleepless night in 106ºF low-temps in Death Valley… Only the first four days into the trip and already I get the feeling the girls are all ready to kill me…
Hwy 665 to Point au Chêne
A journey to the end of the earth… Clint brought us to visit his hometown of Houma, down the the steamy southern Louisiana Swamps. Bowling in Cajun Country, Naked Swamp People and their swampy hideouts, roads to nowhere, and Lena’s first taste of Louisiana Sugarcane…
A day out in the boat along the Tchefuncte river in Madisonville, Louisiana. Lena got to see some swamp and we went swimming in some of the warmest water you can imagine… Doesn’t she just look at home in that last photo?
Making a Red Velvet Cake for Izzy’s birthday party… We had just found a delicious John D. Folse recipe for Red Velvet cake and really wanted to try it out. Izzy’s birthday party was that night so we thought it would be the perfect occasion. We had fun baking the cake and dying it such wonderful colors. Also, photos of Izzy’s house in Abita, and eating the delicious cake… It was so, SO good. I ate about three slices and would have eaten a few more if my stomach could have handled it.