It’s 9AM central and we’re on our way to Dallas. I would say more but unfortunately western Louisiana has yet to offer up anything of actual interest. Bland roads, bleak skies, and small towns. After an unexpectedly pleasant stay in our Quality Inn last night, we’re at the very least feeling refreshed enough for the tenuous journey ahead. So far the most interesting thing we’ve seen has been our first sighting of an oil rig, and some rather nice swamp. More updates to come.
Today we embarked to New Orleans, LA to check out the French Quarter. On the way, we drive through Mississippi along the coast and found a really cool city called Biloxi which featured tons of beaches and other cool tourist traps.
Finally we arrived in New Orleans and it was summed up in what most could expect with Jazz, Voodoo and homelessness and the architecture of the city was phenomenal.
It’s 9:30 AM Central time and we just crossed into Mississippi. After a night at Andrew’s grandmother’s, we awoke to the last home-cooked meal we’ll see for almost a month. I’ve always heard about southern hospitality, but never really realized what it meant until now. An amazing woman who not only made us feel completely at home, but entertained us with some of the best stories I’ve heard for a long while; I can assure you she will be missed from the confines of our budget hotel in Baton Rouge.
Day two of our trip had us headed to Mobile, Alabama so I can see my aunt and grandma and we started out by going to find some gators and then a stop at Battleship Memorial Park to see the USS Alabama and it just so happened that Nicholas Cage was filming his new movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” in Mobile. We were able to see him in action along with Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) and Matt Lanter (90210) and the scene we recorded is attached at the bottom.
9AM Central time:
After a night at the Hyatt in Brentwood, we’re back on the road and headed through Alabama to the town of Mobile. The morning’s expected deluge missed us, and the weather couldn’t be better for these roads.
Day one of our 25 day excursion across the US has wrapped up following an eight hour drive that turned into a 12 hour drive from Ann Arbor to Nashville. We didn’t have a ton of time to explore downtown but were able to get some food and roam for a bit. We leave for Mobile, AL tomorrow morning.
Welcome to the inaugural post of the 2015 West Coast Adventure. Though bare bones at the moment, within the following weeks the site will be flooded with high quality photos and videos, courtesy of Andrew Mascharka, and colorful detailing of the adventure courtesy of myself (Matt Malan). We invite you to join us as we travel through some of the most breathtakingly spectacular terrain known to exist, as well as a plethora of America’s greatest cities, landmarks, and general oddities.
In just 30 short days we will travel from our home base of Ann Arbor, Michigan, down to Louisiana, across the great plains to New Mexico, up through the mountains to the California coast, then along the northern border back home. The journey promises to be a good one, fraught with danger (bees, bears and texans), unbearable heat, and Subway (eat fresh yo).
So please, try and contain your undoubtedly overflowing excitement, we promise there will be much more to come.