Too many things have happened...
15.09.2016 - 24.09.2016
So since South Carolina we have done quite a bit. I am not sure how I can remember everything.
South Carolina is amazing. Alex wants to live there. It is super cool. Little restaurant joints everywhere that look dinky like and amazing. Palm trees everywhere. Beaches everywhere. We went to Folly Beach on our way out and it was wonderful. After some time on the beach we headed to Georgia... beautiful state. Not a lot there but farms.. farms... farms... and PEACHES. So many peaches. I probably ate about 8 peaches in the span of 10 hours. I'm not proud of it. Well actually yes I might be, because they're so big! We stopped at a peach farm and sat on rocking chairs looking over the hills while eating peaches. I got myself a huge jar of dessert peaches to take on the road with me, and they didn't last long. Delicious.
Driving from Georgia to Alabama... things got pretty hot. The temperature just kept rising. And the storms were insane to drive in. After about 6 hours of driving through swampy, hot, stormy areas we caved and got a motel for the night... simply for the A.C and mostly for Ginny. Uncomfortably hot even at night. Southern Alabama was not what we expected. Of course we drove to the coastal area of Alabama, so it was your typical beachy town feel. The next day we woke up and took the ferry across a part of the Gulf rather than having to drive in the heat. Took 40 minutes less than the drive and was about half the price gas would've been. Super cool and breezy. Decided to drive straight through Mississippi, well... because its Mississippi. It was a short drive right over to Louisiana. We were going to stay in the outskirts but because we were so early in the afternoon due to the short drive we decided to stay downtown and enjoy New Orleans. WILD.
Bourbon Street was cool to see.... but it was very clear that the only way that strip is enjoyable is if you are at a certain immaturity level mentally... and I mean mentally, definitely not physically. Smelled of puke the entire strip and we saw some things we for sure can't unsee. But it was interesting! We enjoyed ourselves, went to a delicious seafood restaurant and ate way too much food. Super cool spot. People don't really sleep here it seems.
Next stop... Texas. Man it got hot. About 38 degrees during the day and only down to around 31 degrees at night. We drove right to High Island on the Gulf of Mexico. Amazingly long strip surrounded by the ocean water on both sides. Things were looking super flat already. The beach was about 4 miles long that we set up camp on. Our favourite spot so far. So wonderful, so scenic. Couldn't swim too much due to the little sharks swimming right up to the shoreline you could just sit and watch. Very warm water. Cooked dinner on the beach (we were able to just drive right onto the beach) and enjoyed our evening. Watched a wild show of lightning storms super far off in the distance for an hour or so. Alex attempted sleeping on the beach outside on a blanket but was chased in by mosquitoes. And then at about 1am we woke up to Ginny fighting the war on mosquitoes by herself. They got in. And I mean like hundreds of mosquitoes got in. It was a full on swarm. I've never been bitten so much in my life. We quickly packed up and drove down the peninsula to blow them out. Couldn't get rid of them or kill them fast enough. I feel for Ginny. Nightmare... but hilarious.
Next day spent in Houston... HOT HOT HOT.. Another 38 degrees. Ate a bunch of BBQ food. Delicious, spicy, weather is HOT. Dying.
Drove up to San Antonio and it was still SO HOT. I don't understand how people live like this. Alex enjoys it, though I know he had his breaking points. This is why people are so angry all the time. It's too damn hot in America. Just makes you angry sitting still as you cook in the shade and hot, thick air blows at you. My oh my. Ginny couldn't even sleep at night, she just spends the night up panting so we caved and got a motel again, using as much A.C as we could. Got to hit up a small little place to eat dinner in town called Pollos Asados Los Nortenos. Best Mexican spot I have ever eaten at. Hands down. It was a hilarious hole in the wall that served with paper plates and styrofoam cups. BUT the food was to die for. And so cheap. PLUS we got to watch the Canada vs US hockey game (we were the only ones watching... I feel like the lady strategically sat us in the corner with the only t.v playing hockey). If you are ever in San Antonio... go there. Get the chicken.
After enjoying the heat (ha) in San Antonio we moved Northwest to Balmorhea State Park. A big thanks to Helen for finding this spot and telling us about it. It was so awesome. Had a natural spring fed pool. Huge spot to swim. It was amazing, like nothing we've ever seen before. Just a big spot dug out of the rocky ground. The entire bottom of the pool was like swimming in caves. Beautiful temperature. Tall diving boards. Mountains surrounding us for views. A great spot to cool off and enjoy ourselves. And because we're so close to the mountains it's starting to cool at night. Woooo. During our sleep we were surrounded by the howls of coyotes, pretty much all night. Alex slept outside for the breeze and he said we was woken up a couple of times to coyotes standing feet away watching. Brave man.
The drive through Texas was mostly flat. Actually insane how flat it is. The sunrise and sunset was amazing to watch because of this. But as we move West and up to New Mexico the landscape got really cool. Rolling hills and beautiful mountains in western Texas. And a tonne of mountains throughout New Mexico. We drove straight up to Santa Rosa and before heading to the woods we drove down Route 66 and directly to a spot called the Blue Hole. (Also to note here, the lakes in town are filled with giant inflated water toys and trampolines and climbing walls for you to freely enjoy, whhhaaaaat). This Blue Hole was unbelievable. It is so blue! It's a little spot about 80ft deep and leading into caves even deeper beyond the main hole. The caves below are connected to seven different lakes around here. The hole pumps out 3000 gallons of water every minute and because of this every 6 hours the hole is made up of entirely new water. The blue colour is some kind of chemical reaction, and it's constantly 61 degrees. So cool to climb up the rocks and dive in. Well Alex dove... I jumped. It's too high for that nonsense. Cold but refreshing. After a good swim we drove the climb up to Santa Rosa Lake State Park. Had amazing views and a huge, empty lake to swim in. Ginny got to cool off and run around freely. Loved it. Surrounded by desert land, hot, but had great spots for relief.
Yesterday we woke up and the van didn't start... so we had to call AAA. On top of that we had a bunch of leaks, flies, and windy mishaps. But we laughed at most of this and enjoyed the hilarity of it all. Back on the road. Wanting so bad to get out of the desert and into Colorado. The drive through New Mexico was too beautiful to describe. Pictures don't even do it justice. Couldn't handle how cool it was to be constantly driving up and through mountains for such a long period of time. Santa Fe was a super cool spot. All the buildings and houses look wild (I say like The Flinstones but Alex laughs at me). A little town spread through the mountains. The more North we went the bigger the mountains got. And it got super windy and cold. Loved every second of that drive. Stopped at a few spots to check out the views. For a big chunk we were actually driving behind a little campervan that had "As fast as it goes!" painted on the back window. Rather than passing we decided to join them and drive super slow through the mountain roads to enjoy the view.
Well... finally... we have made it to Colorado. WOW. So sweet already. We are in love with it. Stopped in Pagosa Springs yesterday and enjoyed the hot springs. Along the freezing cold river that runs through the town there are little pools of 140 degree water. We paid 6 bucks at a spot to go in and enjoy a 108 degree mineral bath for a while. Met some really inspiring and interesting people. What a wonderful town. Moved West to Durango to seek out some book stores. Still looking. Came across a fantastic brewery called Carver Brewing Co. Fantastic beer. Amazing burgers. Slept with mountains surrounding us. Oh and it snowed yesterday while we were in mineral baths outside. We actually went from the blazing, flat, prickly desert to freezing, snowing mountains in one day. Ginny is going wild.
Today we head to the Mesa Verde National Park to check out ancient mountain dwellings. And then who knows. We will be in Colorado for a while I think. On the search for a climbing guide book. Looking for breweries. Enjoying the mountains. And sweaters!