Road Trip: Part 2

November 9- New Orleans, Louisiana! Stayed at a crunchy international hostel called India House, and took the streetcars down to Decatur Street and Frenchman's Street. Met a world-renowned french jazz accordion player (Norbert Slama) at a hole-in-the-wall pub. We told him we were a fan of Edith Piaf (his personal friend), and he was so excited that he played us one of her songs. Listen to this guy by clicking here.

November 10- En-route to Colorado, stayed at McLellan Creek National Grassland after 14 hours of driving. I hope no one reading this ever has to drive through Dallas, Texas. Don't do it. Really. Anyway, No light pollution at our campsite, so there was a beautiful sky and shooting stars. Oil derricks were peppered throughout the landscape, despite it being a public property. Did you know that we still uphold the Mining Act of 1872, which allows mining prospectors to lay claim to public lands in the interest of extracting natural resources? This includes national forests, national parks, national grasslands, national wildlife refuges, etc.  Remember all that business over oil drilling in Alaska?

November 11- Denver, Colorado, staying with our friend Jess, a med student at University of Colorado. Thanks Jess! Lots more driving. So far, we've driven through VT, NY, NJ, MD, PA, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, and CO. Here are some photos from the roads in the Rockies.
Driving through the Rockies

Route 128 towards Moab, Utah

The entire state of Utah looks pretty much like this.