We stopped for gas just before we crossed the state line from Texas into Louisiana in the town of Orange. Jeff and I had just pulled up to the pump and gotten out of the car when two vehicles crashed in front of us! We saw it happen, but didn't see it happen, if that makes sense...I guess the noise of the crash caught our attention and we saw the middle and end of the crash. Thankfully no one was hurt.
We went on our way, and crossed the border. After a while, we were hungry for lunch and randomly picked the town of Crowley to stop in - what a pleasant little side trip it turned out to be. Charming town, with really pretty houses - and apparently at one time was the rice capital of America. Random, yes. We followed the signs to Frosto Drive In:
We were still on our long run hunger, so a burger and fries hit the spot. We stayed to watch the beginning of the A&M/Alabama game, and had a dipped cone while we waited - yum!
It's no frozen yogurt, but a chocolate-dipped cone was pretty tasty!
After we got back on the road, we ended up driving a causeway, which I've learned, is an elevated road that crosses a large body of water. I'm going to own my dumbness with this statement, but I had no idea that this part of Louisiana was on so much water. I guess my geography learning back in the olden days stopped around the California border. Anyway, it was very pretty.
We crossed the Mississippi river near Baton Rouge - this was the first time I've seen it in person. Then we were through New Orleans and into the state of Mississippi...we knew for sure we were in Mississippi because the inside of the restroom of the rest area said so:
Yep. Mississippi, all right.
Picnic area of the rest stop - really pleasant with the forest of trees there.
After Mississippi we crossed the border into Alabama. It was getting dark so I didn't get as good of an impression of that state, but here's the pretty blue lit-up buildings in downtown Mobile:
Then we went through a tunnel, which goes under the Mobile river...creepy and cool!
Soon we left Alabama and were in Florida - luckily, Pensacola was just over the border, and that's where we stopped for the night. Over 600 miles and five states...considering that we'd started our day with a 4:00 am alarm so we could run 6 miles with our running club before hitting the road, it was a long day and we were ready to sleep!
The next morning we started our drive again, but took a little detour in Tallahassee - I'd found a yarn shop that was open on a Sunday, so we decided to have our lunch break there. Tallahassee was another really cool town - we ended up driving right by Florida State University, and their football stadium...I swear, we cannot escape college football! The shop we went to was located in an old railroad yard that has been converted to an art park - I wish we had more time to poke around the shops and galleries there, but alas, Orlando awaited. I did get to shop at the yarn store, called Really Knit Stuff. The owner, as well as the shop regulars, were very friendly and I had a great time touching all the yarn.
The columns were covered with knitting...
Here's what I bought - the blue and purple are for hats - Anzula's For Better or Worsted (love that name) - it's very soft and squishy and gorgeous. I've already started a hat with the blue. The multi-color and the green will make two hats, using both colors. Can you tell that I'm in a hat phase at the moment?
After we left the yarn store, we ate lunch and got back on the road. We finally arrived in Orlando! They must have had some crazy weather there, because a building was upside down:
OK, not really. I saw this on my walk Monday midday...I think they have a magic show/dinner thing going on. Yes, it was upside down, but to paraphrase PeeWee Herman, they meant to do that. Screams tourist to me - hello Orlando, haha!
Have a great weekend - we'll be driving, and driving, and driving some more.