This is a photo essay put together from a road trip before our big move. Our final trip around the United States before heading to live in the Kyrgyz Republic for two years would take us from New Orleans to Atlanta by way of Gulf Coast to the Keys and then back up the Atlantic Coast until we had to cut in to head towards Atlanta. The first part of the trip was in New Orleans where we ate delicious food, toured the unique cemeteries and enjoyed the street music.
An unknown couple dancing in the streets of New Orleans
One of the many above-ground cemeteries in New Orleans
A New Orleans street band with a quickly growing crowd.
After leaving New Orleans, we made our way down the Gulf Coast before reaching the Keys. Florida is an amazing state, we were able to enjoy canoeing through crystal-clear spring water in Central Florida and then the hot swamps of the Everglades where we fought off mosquitoes and dive-bombing carpenter bees (which I later learned were harmless.)
The white sands of Panama City Beach under the stars.
Catching a sunset in the Everglades before the hummingbird-sized mosquitoes chase us away.
We took a great kayak trip through the clear spring waters of Central Florida
These pelicans are clearly fed, they quickly swarmed our fan boat.
The alligators seem a bit larger when you float by them from a canoe
This Florida sunset comes from Key West
We escaped the mosquitos and headed towards Key West where we took an ferry to camp at Dry Tortugas National Park.
The long halls of Fort Jefferson now have stalagmites growing as rain water filters through the ceilings above
A restored canon sits atop Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas NP
Leaving the islands we stopped by Miami and Kennedy Space Center.
Miami gets it’s newest piece of street art
An exploded view of an actual Saturn V rocket
Kennedy Space Center, every bit as awesome as I’d hoped
Another Florida sunset, this one off the coast of Cape Canaveral
Cuban food truck in Miami. Perfect.
For our final destination, we drove to South Carolina to see Congaree National Park before moving on to Atlanta to catch our flight home.
The trails through swampy Congaree NP are often flooded
The twisted branches and vines of Congaree NP