You might think we’ve become lazy in our updates but let us assure you that we have been up to our necks in adventure! Savannah was truly a blast. Everyone should visit this city of history at least once in their life and we will certainly be making our second trip in the near future. See the river, see the squares and sample the soul food. You are welcome. The Carolinas gave us a great chance to spend some quality time with some of TJs relatives which was a really lovely time. Virginia gave us a chance to sink our toes into the Atlantic and DC… well… Don’t try to find parking in DC after 4pm. We had a blast at night in DC but please heed our previous warning. Philly once again gave us a warm embrace as Jeanne showed us how great this city really is. Cheesesteaks and Betsy Ross brought smiles to our faces and local cheesecake almost brought tears to our eyes. We are happy to report that we are cruising across Long Island and we will be arriving back into Albany tomorrow! Adventure is still calling our name and we will continue to follow it!
Hello friends! Sorry about the delay in posting, but with so much adventure (and seafood) on our plate, it is somewhat difficult to keep you up to date. Since you last heard from us, we were telling you about how great Texas had treated us as we were entering Louisiana. We stopped into Lake Charles to get food at a diner which we heard had amazing Cajun Roastbeef Po-boys. We entered this venue with scepticism since roast beef isn’t the first thing you would expect on a po-boy but our minds and tastebuds were soon blown away as we bit into the juiciest and most succulent sandwich we have had the pleasure of devouring so far. It was truly delicious and no other po-boy in Louisiana lived up to this one.
From there we drove to the New Orleans KOA, set up our tent and awaited our free shuttle into the city. It took us past many areas of the city still hurting from Katrina and it was so interesting/horrible to see. But soon we were downtown and walking up and down Bourbon Street with plastic cups in hand. Hunger soon kicked in and we stopped into an amazing seafood restaurant to tackle the dish of fried catfish, shrimp and crawfish tails that you see above. Also, we were dazzled by a creamy crab dip that also accompanied the meal which burned our mouths and stole our hearts.
After dinner we ran across the street to spend just a quick minute to grab a drink to-go so we could explore more of the city, but New Orleans had other plans for us in the form of 2 friendly Texans. We told them of our adventures and they told us of theirs and soon the Texan generosity overtook our lives again. Three hours and countless handgrenades later we left the bar thanking them for the uncountable number of drinks our new friends had gotten us. We left that bar and found the bar our roommates sister tended at which has a secret bathroom behind a bookshelf you have to push to enter! So cool!
Well… That was our crazy night and as a result we spent most of the following morning in our pool until we got some breakfast, hopped a streetcar and descended on the French Quarter again. This time we went window shopping and people watching and it finally felt like we were on vacation instead of blasting nonstop across this great country of ours. After a lovely afternoon and evening we hopped the St Charles Streetcar again and made our way back to camp.
The next morning we treated ourselves to some Waffle House before driving through 4 states. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida were all added to our list and finally we made it to Tallahassee for another night of great camping weather. Now we are headed east to Jacksonville and then we finally head North to dock in Savannah for a weekend of history and Octoberfest! We might only have a week left but everyday is jam packed with adventure. Did you really expect anything less from us???
Texas has treated us very well. Monday consisted if two stupendous meals - authenticity tacos for lunch and fried chicken for dinner! TJ was blown away by jalapeno ketchup served as a side to our fries and chicken tenders. After camping in Austin under a lightening storm that could only be compared to a strobe light, we were up early to head to Franklin’s BBQ.
We arrived 20 minutes before opening and were still behind over 50 people in line. We waited an hour and a half before we hot to the counter, passing the time by chatting with locals in line. Of course, TJ ran into someone he knew.
When it was finally time for us to order, our eyes took over our appetites and we walked away with pork ribs, beef brisket, potato salad and a sandwich known as the Tipsy Texan- a towering pile of chopped beef topped with sliced sausage. Each bite was more deliciously than the last. This place lives up to the hype. We were happy to have so many leftovers because they were on the verge of selling out as we left!
We camped in Baytown on the Galveston Bay looking out at the Gulf of Mexico. We enjoyed leftover BBQ, tequila ice cream and a bottles of wine generously gifted to us by the campsite owner.
We’re on the way to New Orleans for po boys, gumbo and river boat gambling!
Thank you Big Texan Steak Ranch for giving us the largest meal of our trip (so far). No, neither of us attempted to tackle the 72oz steak challenge and sadly we missed someone completing the challenge by 5 minutes. I wish we could’ve seen that. He did it in 55:27 and I made sure to give him a thumbs up when we learned his identity. But back to our dinner; we started with the Prime Skins… 3 potato skins smothered in cheese and chunks of Prime Rib. It was one of the most divine appetizers we have ever had the pleasure to devour. We sipped our Texan Red and Pecan Porter while we waited for our main course to arrive and boy did it ever arrive. 21oz’s of Top Sirloin appropriately called the Lone Star Cut, cowboy beans, mac and cheese, fried okra and last but not least mashed potatoes and gravy. But not just any gravy, that mouth-watering gravy that usually tops a chicken fried steak. It was… Astounding!! There were also no leftovers. Kristen ate her fill and offered me her remaining steak and fixins for later, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave with any of this delicious meal so we sat there while I slowly ate my way through the entire meal, all while a country trio made the rounds around the restaurant playing only the finest tunes to eat to. I don’t think I have ever felt so full after finishing a meal and we certainly left with smiles on our faces and a burning desire for Tums. Thank you Amarillo for largest culinary experience of our trip. Austin, here we come!
Bacon Cheeseburger smothered with roasted green chilis from the Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe, NM. Hands down the best burger we have had so far that wasn’t covered in butter. The culinary journey continues right now as we approach the Big Texas Steak Ranch in Amarillo Texas. We won’t be attempting the 72oz steak challenge, but we will be devouring an amazing steak within the hour!
We ended Wednesday by chasing daylight to get to the Grand Canyon. The sun was inching toward the horizon as we gazed out at the canyon and marvelled at the most incredible sunset we had ever seen. We camped in Flagstaff but when we woke up, both TJ and I were feeling a little run down. We spent an extra night in Arizona to rest up before our trip to Utah.
Utah started with the Petrified Forest, where we walked among tree logs turned to stone hundreds of millions of years ago. After that we were off to Arches National Park! The landscapes in Utah is absolutely breathtaking. In the picture above, you can see me standing in the bottom right corner in front of the North Window Arch.
Now we’re packing up for our drive to Four Corners before camping in New Mexico for the World Enchilada Festival!
By now, you have all seen us on Conan! What’s that? You didn’t notice us while you were watching? Well, you can see us yelling and cheering during the opening sequence, just look to the right of Mr OBrien! As you can assume, the taping was hilarious and we enjoyed the entire experience. However, we didn’t feel like staying in the City of Angels for another 24 hours just to see a funny ginger for a 2nd time so we had a lovely dinner on Huntington Beach with a friend and then sped off into the desert towards the City of Sin. We had to pull off for some zzz’s halfway in, but we arrived in Las Vegas early Tuesday morning and toured the Strip until we couldn’t stand the desert heat any longer. We enjoyed some great food, a whole bunch of mediocre food and an uncountable number of free drinks. (actually I think it was a dozen or so). After the obligatory breakfast/lunch buffet, we took off yet again into the desert. Not knowing that route 93 didn’t go across the Hoover Dam any longer, we sadly didn’t have the foresight to pull over and marvel at it. Thankfully we did stop off at Gus’s Really Good Fresh Jerky and Gus really hooked us up with dried fruits, plenty of delish jerky, some pistachios and even a few free sticks of local honey. Oh, but we did promise him we’re give him a proper shout-out so check out WWW.freshjerky.com (thanks again Gus!). So now we are 50 miles away from the Grand Canyon and we are so excited to gaze upon its natural beauty. We will be camping in Flagstaff tonight and tomorrow we will explore the Petrified Forest before shooting north to Moan, UT to check out Arches National Park! More updates coming soon and plenty more postcards to be sent out as well!
Just a quick check in right now… We are 2 hours outside of LA and we had such a wonderful time in San Francisco. Great sushi, great friends and a great bridge! We walked the Golden Gate Bridge, ate dumplings and tacos (at a taco bell… ON the beach!) and also walked around the Wharf before driving down Lombard St. We had such a lovely and laid back time earlier in Corvallis and Downieville, and this busy city made us miss the fun and slower times, but there is no time for rest! Conan awaits us, so be sure to watch us on TBS at 11pm tonight and tomorrow. And we will be sure to fill in some update gaps very soon!
Grilled Cheese w. Bacon between 2 Savory 10-Grain Waffles by ‘High Top Waffles’ Food Cart in Portland, OR
Beef Sopapilla from ‘Neuvo Mexico’ Food Car in Portland, OR