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NOLA Adventure Part 2: Haunted Mansion and Café du Monde

 

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Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral

Where my last NOLA blog post left off I had just been drenched in a thunderstorm and had to run from St. Louis Cemetery #1 to CVS to buy an umbrella. I was then able to go check into my room at the Inn on St Ann Street. The room at the Inn was tiny, but comfortable and the location was great since it is right in the center of the French Quarter. After drying off and relaxing a bit I was starving so I asked the hotel desk clerk for a recommendation of a place to eat. He recommended the Oceania cafe which was off of Bourbon street. I ordered the BBQ shrimp and a Dixie beer. The shrimp was ok, but I was not that impressed. I was actually a little disappointed because I had been looking forward to eating some delicious NOLA food. The Dixie beer was good though.READ MORE

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NOLA Adventure Part One: Ghosts of New Orleans

angel grave2A business trip last month brought me to Louisiana. It was my first trip out there and since I didn’t know when I’d get the chance to go again I decided to visit New Orleans. I only had a day to check out the city so after finishing my work near Alexandria and spending a night in Baton Rouge I headed down to the Big Easy. New Orleans has a very interesting history of voodoo, ghosts and haunted places. So as someone who is interested in all things creepy I tried to visit as many of these places I could in the French Quarter. The first place I decided to visit was St. Louis Cemetery #1. I wasn’t able to check into my my hotel until 3pm so I parked my at a 24 hour lot and I walked over to the cemetery. I got to the entrance to find that it was guarded and the guard told me the only ways to enter was with a tour guide.

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The statue of this large mausoleum watches over St Louis Cemetery #1

I really didn’t want to visit the cemetery with a tour guide so I decided to walk around and explore the French Quarter. I went in some art galleries and checked out Bourbon Street and then I made my way down to the waterfront of the Mississippi river. The riverfront is very pretty I walked by the Audubon Aquarium of the Pacific and also saw the steamboat Natchez on the water.  After taking my stroll along the water I decided I would really like to see the St. Louis #1 cemetery so I decided to book a tour through the Voodoo Lounge.

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Havasupai Waterfalls

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Havasu Falls

After an exciting day of hiking into the Grand Canyon to Supai the next morning we set out to hike out past Little Navajo Falls and Havasu Falls to Mooney Falls. Mooney falls is the highest of the Havasupai waterfalls plunging 190 feet into a pool of crystal blue water. Mooney falls is named after a prospector who fell to his death at the waterfall in the 1882. Getting to Mooney falls is an adventure in itself as you have to descend through tunnels in the steep cliff and then use a series of chains and ladders to get to the waterfall and the pools below.

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Havasupai Adventure: Hiking into Supai Village

The day after exploring the Grand Canyon Caverns we got up early and drove to the Grand Canyon where we would begin our 8 mile hike to Havasupai Lodge where we would stay at the Havasupai Indian reservation. It was raining again and we were a bit worried that if the rain didn’t let up we wouldn’t be able to hike into the canyon due to flash flooding.

horsiesWhen we arrived at the Hualapai hilltop of the Grand Canyon the rain had mostly cleared up. It was still cloudy, but after about 20 minutes the clouds began to dissipate revealing the majestic canyons. We had hired horses to transport our things to the lodge in Supai so as the horses arrived we unloaded our things and headed down the trail. We descended from the hilltop 1,400 feet down a switch back trail that lead us into the bottom of the canyon. It was an amazing feeling to hike all the way down into the canyon.

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Exploring Grand Canyon Caverns

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In the second week of June I decided last minute to go on trip with a group of my friends to Arizona.  I really needed a fun adventure and I also thought it would be a good opportunity to take pictures and take some video and maybe even shoot a movie. We made it to Peach Springs, Arizona along Route 66 and checked in at the Hualapai Lodge which is a part of the Hualapai indian reservation. Our plan that evening if we arrived early enough was to take a tour of the Grand Canyon Caverns which is also along Route 66 about 10 minutes from the Hualapai Lodge.

There were so many interesting things to see along the way the the Caverns including the Caverns Inn. We arrived at the Grand Canyon caverns and purchased our tickets for the tour. Our group got in the Cavern’s elevator which took us 21 stories and 210 feet underground. Our tour guide explained to us that the Caverns were discovered in 1927 by a man named Walter Peck who was on his way to play poker with his friends. He stumbled and almost fell into the hole and later came back with some friends with some rope to enter and explore the caverns. He was hoping to find gold in the caverns, but instead found iron oxide and rust. He also discovered two human skeletons and a saddle on a ledge 50 feet deep in the cavern!

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