Where do you even start with a road trip through Texas and Louisiana like ours?   15 days, 2 US states, 3 cities, 800 miles of driving + 1 internal flight, a serious amount of Texan Bar-B-Que, a swamp tour on a Louisiana bayou with gators and raccoons, music pouring from doorways, a small red car christened Bonnie (just because we could), 7 hotels (definitely a record for us, we usually like to make a single… View Post

Becoming a Cowboy at the Beaumont Ranch, Northern …

Becoming a Cowboy at the Beaumont Ranch, Northern Texas

Do you ever find yourself having a literal ‘pinch me’ moment? At the end of our fortnight we hit the tarmac, rolling out of the gleaming Dallas city centre – on our way back to Austin to sadly fly home – we headed for one last adventure to round out our Southern America roadtrip. We cruised along the long, smooth highways tucked in behind a semi-truck or two (how I preferred to drive whilst in… View Post

US Roadtrip Diary: A serving of Dallas glamour …

US Roadtrip Diary: A serving of Dallas glamour and cowboys

It really is true. Everything is bigger in Texas, from people’s hair to their pickup trucks. If we’re being totally honest we made our way across the northern section of the Louisiana/Texas border intent on uncovering a slice of JR Ewing’s family home city – for you younguns, Dallas was an 80’s TV show that even I was too young to watch, charting the wheelings and dirty dealings of a mega rich oil family in… View Post

US Roadtrip Diary: Our Louisiana Plantation Stay

US Roadtrip Diary: Our Louisiana Plantation Stay

Leaving behind the zooming traffic of the motorway, we turned from the busy I-110 to a gently curving US Highway 61 shouldered by dark trees and the occasional Mom and Pop business. The late afternoon sun broke over the horizon and our SatNav announced that were almost at our destination, the Butler and Greenwood Plantation. Having followed the Mississippi River upstate from New Orleans slightly past the historic town of St. Francisville, we steered Bonnie… View Post

US Roadtrip Diary: Louisiana Plantation Exploring

US Roadtrip Diary: Louisiana Plantation Exploring

With heavy hearts we watched New Orleans disappear from the rear view mirror (well, ok, I kept an eye on the road with glances every so often Dad) and we began our roadtrip in earnest. With a car full of snacks, a few tunes on the radio and the satnav set to ‘wander’ we headed north along the ‘Ole Miss’ River. After a few hedonistic (and rain-soaked) days in New Orleans soaking up the Jazz… View Post