Operation Yucatan: Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley, an hour's drive west of New Orleans, is the most famous of the river plantations along the Mississippi River. Opened in the early nineteenth century, Oak Alley was a thriving sugar plantation with a huge number of slaves who lived on the property. Oak Alley is an expansive plantation, with gardens, reconstructed slave … Continue reading Operation Yucatan: Oak Alley Plantation

Indianapolis Side Trip: Indianapolis Children’s Museum

The outside of this museum literally has a dinosaur with a long neck sticking its head through the ceiling; the interiors are equally great. In the main atrium of the Indianapolis Children's Museum, the largest one in the world, is a massive multistory glass statue named "Fireworks of Glass." Four stories tall, it brims with … Continue reading Indianapolis Side Trip: Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Indianapolis Side Trip: Indiana State Museum

Indiana was admitted to the Union on December 11, 1816, as the nineteenth state. Here in Indianapolis, the state's historical and natural heritage is on display at the Indiana State Museum. There are several interesting exhibits here, including a pendulum clock, potential explanations of the Indianan nickname "Hoosier," and the 13,500 year old skeleton of … Continue reading Indianapolis Side Trip: Indiana State Museum

Indianapolis Side Trip: Eiteljorg Museum

The Eiteljorg Museum focuses on "American Indian and Western Art." Situated within a bright red building with brilliant deer sculptures, you pay admission and walk into a two-story masterpiece of Wild West grandeur. Beginning on the second floor, we went into one of the specialty exhibits by a guy named Harry Fonseca. His works have … Continue reading Indianapolis Side Trip: Eiteljorg Museum

Austin Side Trip: Culinary Hits… and Flop

As the Texan capital, Wild West influences and a recent influx of hipster-y innovation, Austin has become a place where food has become a major factor in this city's culture. I visited three places familiar with Austin and its distinct geography. Two of them were great... and one was meh. Voodoo Doughnut- Austin Chapter I … Continue reading Austin Side Trip: Culinary Hits… and Flop

Austin Side Trip: Mexic-Arte Museum

In downtown Austin, the doors to the Mexic-Arte Museum opened and we walked into the well-stocked gift shop, with all sorts of Mexican souvenirs from Selena to Frida Kahlo. Paying the admission fee, we entered the museum, which is Texas' official museum on Mexican culture. As it was October, the museum focused on Dia De … Continue reading Austin Side Trip: Mexic-Arte Museum