New Orleans

Aside from the insane humidity and massive amount of mosquito bites, NOLA was a complete blast! It is incredibly charming with a fun, energetic atmosphere.

We started off with a relaxing drink by the river:

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There was quite a bit of Bourbon St. antics:

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Mint Juleps at The Carousel Bar in Hotel Monteleone:

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Drinks at Lafitte’s, the oldest bar in the US:

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The last day of our trip was spent tubing on the Bogue Chitto River through Wayne’s World tubing.¬†We went on the 4 hour tour. We happily floated down the river in huge inner tubes. I really wish I would have had a water proof camera. The river and surroundings were lush, beautiful and relaxing. This was the only shot I got, before we started the trip:


This was my first trip to the South, and I was taken by it’s beauty and charm. I hope to visit much more in the future!


Summer Plans

I have a few trips planned for this summer, any recommendations or tips would be much appreciated!

1. New Orleans-June 12-16 Today I leave for New Orleans. I have never been to any states in the South and I am very excited about seeing all the charm and history. If you have any recommendations about what to see or do, please pass them along.


2. Backpacking through Shepherd’s Pass-June 20-23 Just a few days after returning from NOLA, we will be driving up to Inyo National Park and backpacking our way through Shepherd’s Pass.

I am still fairly a beginner to backpacking, I have only done two other trips (through the Rocky Mountains and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon). I am feeling the typical anxieties about the unknowns of the trail, the rigors and discomforts. From what I have been reading, the trail will definitely be crossing some streams and I will need to jump from rock to rock with a heavy pack on. This seems to be the thing I have the MOST difficulty with and causes me trepidation and worry.

I found this great recap of the trail, and some amazing pictures. I know the views and experience will be worth it and I am eager to conquer my anxieties and fears.

Any tips for a beginning backpacker, or someone who is terrified of stream crossings, heights, climbing, etc.?

Portland, Oregon-July 1-6

I have been wanting to visit Portland for a while now. I am most looking forward to all the vegan food options and free-spirited environment.

Any recommendations on places to eat or places to visit?

What are your summer plans?