21 3 / 2014

Oklahoma Federal Building bombing

21 3 / 2014

We woke up and started driving. We ate breakfast on the road and asked a local where to buy cowboy boots. We tried getting there but got lost and then a cop started following us. We pulled over into a gas station but he still followed us. He asked us if we had problems with the steering because he noticed us all over the road. Then he proceeded to tell us his buddy loved Elvis and started taking pictures of the car. We finally found the boot place and Dad bought 2 pairs and I got a bracelet. Then we were on the road again. We made it to the state of Oklahoma and stopped in Oklahoma City. We visited the area and museum of the Oklahoma Federal Building bombing. It was very sad and if this is any sign of what the 9/11 memorial museum is going to be like, it will be very devastating. After, we headed back on the road towards home. We ate lunch lunch at Freddy’s which was expensive and had small portions, a cross between Culver’s and Steak and Shake, thumbs down. We drove until it became dark, ate at Panera and called it a day.

Today we woke up and left Topeka, KS (north east of Wichita, KS). We went through Missouri, Iowa, and are now on our way home and can’t wait to see pebbles!

Throughout this trip it’s so funny and nice that people ask if they can take pictures of our car, what are we going to say… no?!? Haha Also it may have been one of the nicer trips because every place had warmer temperatures than at home. And it didn’t rain but one day on the trip (which is a first) and of course as I type this, it is starting to drizzle in good ole Illinois.

20 3 / 2014

20 3 / 2014

What a crazy day!

We woke up and visited the Alamo. We learned that it was originally a church but was later used by Texans against the Mexicans and the Texans lost! We then started on the road towards Austin. We ate at a place called Bacon. It had a bunch of hipsters but was delicious. After, we started towards Waco. When we arrived to the compound site we were greeted by three barking dogs and a man. He talked to us about the event and even showed us the church, the swimming pool and storm shelter. It was eerie he stated that the event was supposed to happen because David Kresh was not following God. He also stated that the Oklahoma City bombing was an inside job that was related to the Waco event. He wouldn’t stop talking/ preaching so we had to eventually head towards the car. As we took off the dog chased us the entire way out and he gave it a good run. After not knowing what to think of what just happened we got back on the road and found a roadhouse to eat dinner at called Roosters Roadhouse. It was near University of Northern Texas and was good!

19 3 / 2014

19 3 / 2014

A side not for yesterday, we had people on the tour yesterday in New Orleans that were from Sterling IL. CRAZY!

We had breakfast at the hotel and they had a waffle maker that was in the shape of Texas… So cool! We headed towards Galveston, TX an island in the gulf. We couldn’t find the visitors center so we asked a cop and he escorted us to it. Then we took a tour on a retired off-shore oil rig. We ate lunch at a 50s diner. We drove around the island and then started towards San Antonio. We arrived just as the Alamo was closing. So we parked and found the river walk and what a river walk it was! We took a tour in a boat on the river. It was amazing. We ate dinner at a delicious Mexican restaurant called Casa Rio. Then we tried to find our car and got lost. We finally made it and then checked into a hotel.

17 3 / 2014

Above ground cemeteries. Ocean liner cargo ship. Where the levee broke. The new levee/ flood gate system. Sunset. Oil refineries.

17 3 / 2014

The morning started out very cold compared to the previous day. We ate breakfast at the hotel and then walked to the start of our tour, City/Katrina tour. It was very informative. It was a bus tour that had a few stops. We drove past the 9th ward (where Hurricane Katrina hit). We also visited the City Park and bought beignets and hot chocolate. Then we drove past some of the mansions and a lighthouse. After the tour we headed down Bourbon Street with the Cadillac and blew some flames, the people loved it! We left and headed toward Galveston, Texas. We stopped and had lunch/ dinner in a gas station. I know this sounds crazy but locals told us it was good and they were right! The chicken was very good! We made it to Texas about an hour away from Galveston. Along the way we saw many oil refineries.

17 3 / 2014

New Orleans

16 3 / 2014

New Orleans

16 3 / 2014

We made it! We drove from our hotel this morning for an hour to New Orleans. We arrived at 9 am and Bourbin St. was dead so we went to plan b: six flags jazz land. When we arrived we found out Katrina had closed it down but it was cool and eerie since it has been abandoned for nearly 10 years. We checked into our next hotel that was right on the Mississippi River. We walked to Bourbon street and ate some amazing Louisiana food. Alligator being one of the meals which was pretty good. We walked the French quarter and then relaxed at an oyster balcony restaurant. When it came to dinner we had a po-boy.

15 3 / 2014

Rosewood Plantation

15 3 / 2014

We left our hotel and drove to the petrified forest in Mississippi which was interesting. There were trees that dated back to 792 A.D. Then we tried to find the Springfield Plantation, but unfortunately we were not successful. So we headed towards the Windsor Ruins. One word…. unbelievable as can be seen in previous pictures. It was built between 1859-1861 and cost $175,000 (back then). Sadly the owner died a few weeks after it was finished being built. It had burnt down in 1890 from a party- goers cigarette. All that is left are the pillars as shown in the pictures. After, we started back on the road and saw a sign for another plantation, Rosewood Plantation. We decided to check it out. It was built in the 1800s also and one of the owners gave the tour. It had 14 foot ceilings and was three floors tall. It originally started out as a 2600 acre cotton plantation and now is 100 acres. The current owners (a husband and wife) privately own it and live there full time. It is also a four room bed and breakfast. Coincidentally, the builder of the plantation also built the Windsor Ruins. At this point it was 4 pm and we were starving as we didn’t eat lunch. We stopped at subway since it was the closest food. We continued to New Orleans and stopped about an hour north of it for the night.

15 3 / 2014

Windsor Ruins Port Gibson, MS. VERY COOL!

14 3 / 2014