As it was ridiculously hot and humid in New Orleans we decided that one night was enough for us there (sorry Nola). We literally slept for about 20 mins each, in between sweating and rustling about. We got out of the van at about 6am and had ghetto showers with water bottles - i’m not going to lie…it was a massive low point guys.
We decided that our sorry states should be taken out of civilisation so after a day spent wandering the boutiques of Magazine St we drove ourselves East toward Florida.
Now normally when we go camping we find a place before hand (lets be real, Tiff finds one beforehand) but this time in our haste we were winging it a little bit. Our first campsite was in the Desoto forest (Mississippi) and had a slightly abandoned vibe to it. We were the only people there (I know most people are psyched about that when they’re camping but I am simply not one of them) so as the sun began to set we watched Scott Pilgrim vs The World to ease us into our lonely night (and to appease my need to watch an Anna Kendrick film - sorry not sorry, i’m an addict). The best news was that they had showers so we could remove the Nola grease.
We drove all the next day and crossed the state line into Florida. Our next campsite was equally empty but there was actually a camp master at this one which was super welcome. His name was Mark and he gave us free firewood and a lovely chat upon arrival. Turns out his Granddaughter is half Australian - Tiff then asked which part of Australia the kid’s dad was from…the reply was “we don’t know, my daughter was travelling around Australia at the time…” - That left us in a bit of an awkward silence but as with that conversation…moving right along. Mark told us that there were bears in the area and that he had seen one just up the road recently. …Bears you say? We remained sceptical.
Next morning we woke up to head to Miami and as we were driving down the dirt path toward the highway a baby black bear ran out in front of the car and disappeared into the trees. Not sure if we hallucinated this due to our desire to see bears or if this actually happened. Either way… BEARS!!!