Big Chief

Mardi Gras Indian culture is fascinating and difficult to understand – there’s a lot to read on the internet so I won’t go into the whole history. There are usually only a few days a year when the incredible hand sewn and beaded costumes are worn, but fortunately for us (not sure how the purists…

Lists – on the way home

Well it’s finally over, 3,500 driving miles, 8 states, god knows how many flying miles, staying with old friends and new friends .. and now we’re heading home in 2 days after a final day trip to Joshua Tree tomorrow. Some final thoughts, recommendations, warnings in list form … Car hire: Cheap compared to Australia…

Nashville cats

Nashville, a city I didn’t really expect to like all that much …. boy was I wrong, I could move there in a heartbeat. It’s a lovely place and the people are delightful, good food, excellent bars, reasonably priced – what’s not to like! I’m not sure why I didn’t think I’d like it, probably…

2nd Line

Here’s a much better video than mine – the paraders leaving from the starting point, we missed this as we were wandering around trying to work out what was going on at that point! I can’t move, my feet are throbbing, my legs are about to drop off and my head is pounding. Today I…

Memphis blues

Before leaving we breakfasted hugely in Clarksdale at the Rest Haven (the most Republican breakfast in town according to Joey Young at the Shackup Inn). We shared a table with a couple of Baptist pastors on their way to a funeral, watching in awe as they mixed strawberry jam through their grits, poured syrup all…

The Delta and Clarksdale

It’s hard to know what to say about the Mississippi delta, a Wikipedia search will tell you it’s the poorest state with the lowest literacy rates and a few days driving around shows you what these statistics look like in real life. Town after town of shacks and trailer homes, churches, jails, juvenile detention centres…

Austin to Clarksdale

So, here we are installed in the Legends Shack at the Shackup Inn in Clarksdale Mississippi, home of the blues, top of the Delta, and in a very beautiful area judging by the landscape we went through just before dusk. It’s below zero but dry and clear, oh my lord it is so cold though!…