Craving Adventure

Early on last week I was sitting at my desk just looking at random places around us on Google maps… Productive right? It was a slow day at work so I had to do something to entertain myself! My husband and I have been craving camping or at least something outdoors that doesn’t consist of walking around New Orleans drinking/looking at the same things we always do. Especially with the great weather we’ve been having! Unfortunately the camping we know of and have been doing all our lives isn’t really a thing here in Louisiana… When I moved here from Oregon about 3 years ago, people would talk about camping and I would get SO EXCITED! Only to find out they were camping in actual houses… Houses that were nicer than any I have ever lived in. Your “camping” house has an elevator? Okay, lame.

Anyways, I came across a place called Kisatchie National Forest. I clicked on it and the first thing I saw was a tent and a fire, an actual tent?! Yep, this is where we are going. I didn’t care that it was going to take us 3 hours to drive there for the weekend. We needed this. Our dogs needed this. It was going to be great!

Clark Creek for the WIN! After doing a little more research on Google Maps, I gave my husband an ultimatum. It was the French Quarter Fest here over the weekend, so I texted him, “Would you rather day drink/go to the FQF… OR go hike this awesome trail that’s 3 hours away and camp out somewhere on the side of the road?” Of course he chose the fun route, all he did in Oregon was hike! We were both skeptical about the “hiking” here… There aren’t any mountains, what are we going to hike? But the pictures on the website of Clark Creek had several waterfalls, boulders, and trails.

Saturday morning at 5:00 am, we loaded up the car with 2 puppies and headed north to find some hiking on the Mississippi/Louisiana border. We had a cooler full of yummy snacks, water and good tunes, ready to go! Another benefit of leaving so early is the traffic, or rather lack thereof. The weather was mid 50’s, we had the sunroof open, windows rolled down and cute puppy heads hanging out sniffing all of the new smells, it was wonderful! We pulled up to the trail around 8:55 am, had a little potty break, ate a couple hard boiled eggs and just took it all in. Once our backpacks were full of water, dog food, snacks and some Jack Daniels, we were off!

They had a nice “beaten path” trail you could take all the way through for an easy walk but Andrew, being the man he is, likes to make his own trails! Which I agree, that is way more fun! It took us around 4 hours to get back to the car, however you could easily cut your time shorter if needed.

OH MY GOODNESS! This place was beautiful! The creeks, the little waterfalls, the cliffs you can climb up, SO MUCH FUN! This was the puppies first time hiking EVER and they loved it and did so good! Great place to bring your dogs (oh yeah, or kids) and just have a picnic, relax and enjoy the scenery.

Afterwards, it was time for us to find a spot and set up base camp. By that I mean our car. We both envisioned pulling off the main road and finding this nice shaded spot by some water (which you can easily do in Oregon) That didn’t work. We drove to Baton Rouge, cruised around to a couple parks, ate some food, drank some beer, and finally found an empty parking lot surrounded by trees. We laid the back seats down, with two comforters underneath us, set up my phone so we could watch It’s Always Sunny and nap with the puppies at our feet. It was so nice! We got back up around 8:30 pm, took the dogs for a walk, squatted in some bushes to handle the business. We talked about driving home that night, but decided that we were already here and if anything, we would wake up early in the morning and go back home. It wasn’t that we weren’t having fun, it was our bed. Jeep Liberties are not very big lol and if you throw in two puppies that that both like to sprawl out, our space started shrinking quickly. We have been talking about living on the road for about a year now and what type of vehicle we’d want to do it in. We both agree that a Jeep Liberty is not the one. Check out our photos from the trip below! We’d love to hear your feedback and stories from some of your hiking trips!

 

Top 5 Things To Do on a Budget in New Orleans

New Orleans can be a pretty spendy vacation spot. Especially after hotels, transportation, food, etc. Below is a list of some cheaper things and what we like to call “Must Do’s”

Lafayette Cemetery No 1 – 1400 Washington Ave : Everyday is a good day to stroll through a cemetery! This one in particular is our favorite. It was the very first cemetery we went to and will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Still Perkin’ Coffee Shop is located catty corner from the main entrance, its a great place to cool down with an iced beverage on those hot summer days. The coffee shop sits inside of what use to be a skating rink. It’s pretty neat to see! Maybe someday they’ll reopen the skating rink!

Your Own Walking Tour: Its always fun to guide yourself and a bunch of friends/family on your own tour. There are several free printable walking tours to choose from! Grab a go cup, put those sunglasses on and get to your adventuring!

Magazine Street: A very fun street to walk up and down! There are lots of local shops, yummy restaurant’s and it also happens to be on the parade route for Mardi Gras. So, watch your noggin! You will likely be seeing some beads dangling from power lines and in the trees.

French Market – 1008 N Peters St: This is not your typical Saturday Market. It is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm. You can find everything here, from gator-on-a-stick to this years hottest handbags.

Canal Street to Algiers Point Ferry Terminal: Only $2 each way! Jump on the ferry and cross the roaring rapids of the mighty Mississippi river. Great view of the city, day or night.(headline picture was taken from Algiers Side) On the Canal St side of the terminal, you have Harrah’s Casino right across the street. There, you can grab a free drink with play. A great way to pregame if you ask me!

Please share with us your experiences and/or your favorite things to do on a budget!

 

 

Hidden Treasures 

It’s crazy how you can walk up and down the same street over and over again and notice something different every time.

One Saturday morning, noon still on the horizon, Andrew and I left for an early brunch. After hearty food and several pitchers of mimosas in our tummies we left, full and bubbly. We took the ferry across the mighty Mississippi and decided to continue our day drinking adventure. As we walked along Decatur St. feeling buzzed and happy, we stumbled upon a quaint little antique store. As you walk in, the first thing to hit you are BUGS! A wall full of framed bugs, even bats! I, for one, was not too fond of that last part… We continued to venture down what seemed like all right turns, I noticed these AWESOME tie dye bowls, $40 each. That was our first tell that we probably wouldn’t be leaving with anything. But we didn’t let that bring us down! Wandering around we found a cool old fashion stove, lots of neat glass jars that were dirty… So obviously they’re old, right? When we finally reach the court yard it is EXPLODING with color! (Picture below) Tin roosters?! I was in heaven. I have an unknown obsession for weird looking roosters… My poor husband! Luckily for him, they had tables and tables covered in lego mini figures. So, if you’re ever enjoying a nice walk down Decatur, stop by Secondline Arts And Antiques! Take a minute to admire their selection of trinkets and whatnot. *Click here for ferry schedule*

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Our Top 5 Brunch Spots

If you’re like us, then you really like the word bottomless! Especially when it comes to anything drinkable or eatable. Due to our work schedules, we don’t have too many weekends together. So when we do, we like to celebrate it by over eating and over drinking! Below you will see OUR top brunch spots. So, don’t get your panties in a bunch if your personal favorite isn’t on here. Feel free to share with us your favorite brunch eats by leaving a comment!

  • Rivershack, Gretna – Bottomless Mimosas, they even leave an entire pitcher at your table! We both get the “Gator-ish Benedict” him, a side of fried potatoes, me, a side of cheesy grits! They have rooftop seating, so you can enjoy the river view while munching on some toast.
  • Ruby Slipper, Magazine St location – We have heard soo much about this bacon infused bloody mary! The husband LOVES bacon, so this was a must for us. You are definitely going to want to make a reservation.
  • Surreys Cafe and Juice Bar, Magazine St – Mmmm the fresh juice! Pictures below is the beet and carrot juice with the bananas foster french toast, mm!  We recommend you wake up early for this one. They don’t take reservations and you can expect a long line waiting to get in and devour some delicious food.
  • Katie’s Restaurant and Bar, Iberville St – Bottomless mimosas, bloody Mary’s AND sangria’s! *They only ask that you order one at a time*
  • Apolline, Magazine St – Bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s 6 days a week! Can’t beat that!