1. To Austin we go for the Renegade Craft Fair!!

We’re driving from Los Angeles to the Petrified Forest National Park to Canyon de Chelly National Monument to Buffalo Gap to Austin to Big Bend National Park to Marfa

We love visiting National Parks/Monuments and have their annual pass so we can freely hop from one to the other! Are you ready for tons of pictures…? - Sarah
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    To Austin we go for the Renegade Craft Fair!!

    We’re driving from Los Angeles to the Petrified Forest National Park to Canyon de Chelly National Monument to Buffalo Gap to Austin to Big Bend National Park to Marfa

    We love visiting National Parks/Monuments and have their annual pass so we can freely hop from one to the other! Are you ready for tons of pictures…? - Sarah

  2. Packing for Austin! My cars such a good little clown car. Awww.
The road trip itinerary will be coming up next. Stay tuned. - Sarah
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    Packing for Austin! My cars such a good little clown car. Awww.

    The road trip itinerary will be coming up next. Stay tuned. - Sarah

  3. DAY 15 - Tuesday, April 2nd - New Orleans

    Jim Russell Rare Records


    I almost don’t want to share this find with anyone, and keep it to myself forever. But if I must… Sarah and I stumbled upon this amazing record shop at the far east end of Magazine Street. Bins and bins of 45’s and 32’s, walls with ceiling to floor shelves, completely filled with beautiful old records. Of course with an amazing jazz collection, probably the best you will find just about anywhere. They were only open for another 10 minutes when we walked through the door, but it was enough time to be in complete awe, and to find two fantastic albums to take home with me. -misha

    Lionel Richie, Cant Slow Down

    The Great Benny Goodman

    1837 Magazine Street  New Orleans, LA

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  4. DAY 15 - Tuesday, April 2nd - New Orleans

    Abandoned School


    If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing broken down, rusty, dilapidated things. While Sarah and I were driving around the neighborhoods looking for my old home, we stumbled upon this little gem. I was really hoping it was my old school, Robert E Lee Elementry, but it was not. Sadly we could not get inside the school, but I still managed to take a few rolls of the outside. I cannot wait to get these developed, they will make the perfect addition to the “abandoned” chapter of my New Orleans book, which will probably be Volume 3 in my photo book series, Adventures in Lomography. (Volume 1 is New York, which I self published in Fall 2011, you can check it out here.) -misha

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  5. DAY 15 - Tuesday, April 2nd - New Orleans

    Snowballs at Plum Street Snowball

    After we found my old house, which was in a bit of a sad state, I took Sarah to my favorite snowball shop. I am always amazed to hear that snowballs are not a tourist attraction. Most people have never heard of them. They may look like simple snow cones, but don’t be mistaken. Snowballs are shaved ice (not crushed), with many many choices of flavoring, and smothered in condensed milk. They also come in a cup, instead of a puny little cone. I got a blackberry cream snowball. Talk about a sugar high, and yet still oh so perfect for a hot 80 degree day. (dont forget your cash)

    1300 Burdette Street  New Orleans, LA

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  6. DAY 15-19 - Tuesday, April 2nd - Saturday, April 7th 2012 - New Orleans, LA

    So we are now in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here to eat, explore, take photos for my next book, and sell our art at the Freret Market.

    Tuesday, April 2nd - O’Henrys

    Personally, my favorite part about Nola is all the yummy yummy food. Today we were driving around searching for one of the houses I lived in when I was a kid. I turned down a wrong street or two and happened upon O’Henrys. My parents use to take my brother and I here for foot long hot dogs and peanuts. The best thing about this restaurant, which actually appears to be a sports bar, is that you get to throw you peanut shells on the floor. Unfortunately for Sarah and I, they had just swept that morning, so very few shells were on the floor.

    Dont be deseved by the sports bar look, the food is great. You can fill yourself up on side dishes that are only $2.50 each, and pints of Abita Amber for only $2. We had the red beans and rice and crawfish balls, along with our peanuts and beer.

    634 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA

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  7. Fried Shrimp Po Boys at the Verti Mart
After we found a dry, safe place to sleep, we headed straight for the Verti Mart. Mmmmmmm, fried shrimp po boys and Abita Beer. It may not look like much of a place for eatin’ from the outside, but if you don’t go here at least once when you are in Nola, it would be a sad trip indeed. Sarah and I ate here our first day and our last day in town. Make sure you get it “dressed” and bring cash. -misha
1201 Royal Street, French Quarter, New Orleans
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    Fried Shrimp Po Boys at the Verti Mart

    After we found a dry, safe place to sleep, we headed straight for the Verti Mart. Mmmmmmm, fried shrimp po boys and Abita Beer. It may not look like much of a place for eatin’ from the outside, but if you don’t go here at least once when you are in Nola, it would be a sad trip indeed. Sarah and I ate here our first day and our last day in town. Make sure you get it “dressed” and bring cash. -misha

    1201 Royal Street, French Quarter, New Orleans

  8. (we will just have to come back to Sarah’s DooNanny blog posts, she is working hard on CG stuff and they aren’t giving her much time for art stuff. so we will go on ahead with my blog posts for now.)

    DAY 14 - Monday, April 2nd 2012 - Seale, AL to New Orleans, LA

    This was a very sad day indeed. It felt like an end to a very long and amazing journey. We made a large yummy breakfast, packed the car, said our good byes and hit the road.

    We had a 6 hour drive from Seale, AL to New Orleans, LA and you would think that after driving for a week across country, anywhere from 6-13 hours a day, this would be an easy drive. Well it wasn’t, I think we switched driver every hour to hour and a half. About 2 hours from our destination, we drove head first into an immense storm. There was constant thunder and lighting, wind gusts pushing all over the road and the rain was so heavy we couldn’t hardly see 20 feet in front of us. It was raining a little less when we rolled into New Oreleans, but the lighting was still flashing every minute or two. Lightning storms is one of the things I miss most about living in the south, that and fire flies.

    When we got to our campground, the site was flooded and the mosquitoes were out in full force. We ended up having to drive around from hostel to hostel until we found one with two beds in the same room. Even though we were out the money from the campground, we had a dry place to sleep for the rest of our stay. Which was great because it rained for the next three nights. We ended up staying at the India House Hostel, it is a small house just off of Canal, a little north of the French Quarter. Everything seemed pretty clean and the best part was that people weren’t partying till the break’a break’a dawn, so we got some good nights sleep.

    After we were all settled in on the first night, we went out for some good ole nola food and beers. Overall it was a good day, and we were both excited to start the next leg of our trip. -misha

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  9. DAY 13 - Sunday, April 1st 2012 - Seale, Alabama
My entire time here has been absolutely amazing and this day was just the icing on the cake. We had our art set up until about 2pm, then packed up and chilled for the rest of the day. It was a beautiful, sunny day with a nice warm breeze. I pretty much spent the rest of my afternoon laying in this hammock, napping and hanging out with our new friends AJ and Jeff. We met them Friday at the Possum Trot, but hadn’t any real time to hang out until Sunday. Absolutely sweet guys, I cant wait to hang out with them again when Sarah and I make it out to New York in June.
Other than lounging around, Sarah and I put in a good couple of hours cleaning up the community kitchen and cooking. We had a wonderful doonanny family dinner, followed by a bit more lounging in the hammock and roasting marshmallows by the fire. Seriously an epic EPIC adventure was had in Seale, Alabama this March Two Thousand and Twelve. -misha
Here is a list of just a few of the amazingly wonderful new friends we made, click on their names to check out their websites. Also, since I didn’t get around to taking many photos, check out the lovely Ami Worthen’s photos on her flickr site here.
Jack Sanders
Dan Dyer
Zachariah Chanin
A.J. Mason
Jeff Moerchen
Butch Anthony
Alexis Bianca Gault
Phil Cheney
Rob7
The Lasters, Charles, Grace Kelly and Ruby Elvis
(if i left anyone out, I apologize)
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    DAY 13 - Sunday, April 1st 2012 - Seale, Alabama

    My entire time here has been absolutely amazing and this day was just the icing on the cake. We had our art set up until about 2pm, then packed up and chilled for the rest of the day. It was a beautiful, sunny day with a nice warm breeze. I pretty much spent the rest of my afternoon laying in this hammock, napping and hanging out with our new friends AJ and Jeff. We met them Friday at the Possum Trot, but hadn’t any real time to hang out until Sunday. Absolutely sweet guys, I cant wait to hang out with them again when Sarah and I make it out to New York in June.

    Other than lounging around, Sarah and I put in a good couple of hours cleaning up the community kitchen and cooking. We had a wonderful doonanny family dinner, followed by a bit more lounging in the hammock and roasting marshmallows by the fire. Seriously an epic EPIC adventure was had in Seale, Alabama this March Two Thousand and Twelve. -misha

    Here is a list of just a few of the amazingly wonderful new friends we made, click on their names to check out their websites. Also, since I didn’t get around to taking many photos, check out the lovely Ami Worthen’s photos on her flickr site here.

    Jack Sanders

    Dan Dyer

    Zachariah Chanin

    A.J. Mason

    Jeff Moerchen

    Butch Anthony

    Alexis Bianca Gault

    Phil Cheney

    Rob7

    The Lasters, Charles, Grace Kelly and Ruby Elvis

    (if i left anyone out, I apologize)

  10. DAY 5+6 - Saturday+Sunday, March 24th+25th 2012
Somewhere in Texas to The Woodlands, TX
We took our time driving through Texas towards The Woodlands, where we were to stay with my Aunt Nancy and her family. We stopped in this cute little German town called Fredricksburg, to take a quick stroll and explore . Later we stopped in Austin, Texas for some Torchys Tacos and some Intelligentsia coffee at Franks. Hot tacos and hot coffee were probably not the best idea for the hot hot day in a muggy car, but it was well worth it. mmmmmm tacos. This was the shortest drive of our trip, about 6 hours. After we got to my aunts house, we chilled for a bit and then went out to dinner with the whole family, then stayed up chatting with my aunt until about one in the morning.
The Woodlands, TX to Seale, AlabamaEven though we had a 13 hour drive ahead of us, we slept in and were very slow moving getting out the door. My aunt also had us pull out some of our totes so she could go through and buy art. As we were putting things away, she called one of her neighbors over who bought some art as well.
I think we finally got on the road about noon. We had another long hot drive across Texas, stopping in Baton Rouge at the Apple store to see if anything could be done about Sarah’s computer. Sadly, it was dead and she had to buy herself a new one (which was in the plans over the next few months anyways, just really bad timing). We rolled into Seale, AL at about 2:30am (central time). Since we got in so late, my uncle let us sleep up at the house, rather than setting up a tent in the dark. The last few hours of the drive were hard, but totally worth it when we got to crawl into the uber comfy California King. -misha
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    DAY 5+6 - Saturday+Sunday, March 24th+25th 2012

    Somewhere in Texas to The Woodlands, TX

    We took our time driving through Texas towards The Woodlands, where we were to stay with my Aunt Nancy and her family. We stopped in this cute little German town called Fredricksburg, to take a quick stroll and explore . Later we stopped in Austin, Texas for some Torchys Tacos and some Intelligentsia coffee at Franks. Hot tacos and hot coffee were probably not the best idea for the hot hot day in a muggy car, but it was well worth it. mmmmmm tacos. This was the shortest drive of our trip, about 6 hours. After we got to my aunts house, we chilled for a bit and then went out to dinner with the whole family, then stayed up chatting with my aunt until about one in the morning.

    The Woodlands, TX to Seale, Alabama
    Even though we had a 13 hour drive ahead of us, we slept in and were very slow moving getting out the door. My aunt also had us pull out some of our totes so she could go through and buy art. As we were putting things away, she called one of her neighbors over who bought some art as well.

    I think we finally got on the road about noon. We had another long hot drive across Texas, stopping in Baton Rouge at the Apple store to see if anything could be done about Sarah’s computer. Sadly, it was dead and she had to buy herself a new one (which was in the plans over the next few months anyways, just really bad timing). We rolled into Seale, AL at about 2:30am (central time). Since we got in so late, my uncle let us sleep up at the house, rather than setting up a tent in the dark. The last few hours of the drive were hard, but totally worth it when we got to crawl into the uber comfy California King. -misha