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!

 

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Did Someone Say Happy Hour?!

It’s ALWAYS 5 o’clock in New Orleans!

I remember when I first moved here and my eyes caught sight of a bar sign reading  “happy hour 10pm – 2am” I was speechless! Coming from a small town, I automatically  assumed ALL happy hours were 5pm-7pm (or something like that) The bar I worked in back home didn’t even have one!

SO, here’s the deal. Everyone loves happy hours, right? Below, we have compiled a small list of some of our favorites.

BE WARNED, some of these places have food while others do not.

**click names to see restaurant menus, not all apply**

La Casita – Julia St – This place is one of my faves! Daily from 3pm-7pm they have 1/2 off guac, queso, chips and salsa.. YUM! Margaritas? ONLY $4! They also have $2 simple tacos. My husband tried his first happy hour mojito here and fell in love. (Although he doesn’t like to admit it) 🙂

Samuel’s Blind Pelican – St. Charles Ave – Daily from 4pm – 8pm, you can get raw oysters for 25 cents each OR 75 cents can get you charbroiled oysters WITH the purchase of an alcoholic beverage. They now also offer 1/2 price pizza and beer! I’m not a big oyster fan… But I still manage to choke down a few charbroiled ones. Side note, their fried green tomatoes are the bees knees!

Bulldog – Uptown – Wednesdays are pint nights, get a pint of beer and keep the glass! Yep.. keep the glass! They aren’t your basic boring glasses either. They have a variety of sayings, pictures etc. It’s a wonderful little souvenir to keep or hand out! Our cupboards are full of them 🙂 This place has a fun, college age atmosphere. Granted we have only been after the sun goes down.. Thus far, the bartenders are always in good spirits. A couple highlights; they have an adorable back patio (front of bar technically) and a water fountain made of old beer taps. DOG FRIENDLY! Click name to see the rest of their awesome happy hour deals!

Erin Rose – Conti St – Always a good go to! Three words: Frozen. Irish. Coffee. It’s like an adult frappuccino.. SO delicious. My husband LOVES whiskey and they have a great selection! Whenever we are feeling like having a “day drinking day” together, this is always our first stop.

Superior Seafood and Oyster House – St. Charles Ave – 2 for 1 margaritas! SAY WHAAA?! Who doesnt love a good strong margarita? PLUS the delicious 50 cent raw oysters?? Served daily from 4pm-6:30pm, MMMM

Pizza Dominica – Magazine St – Sun-Thurs, 12pm-9pm and Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm . 1/2 off pizza, wine (by the glass) and draft beer. The margherita pizza is my personal favorite! You can never go wrong with  pairing mozzarella and basil together!

We hope you enjoy! Please share your favorite happy hours and experiences with us, we appreciate the feedback!