Apr 16, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
Where I stayed
Somewhere between New Orleans and Dallas
A carpark in Dallas
What I did
New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012
Good morning New Orleans, the last day of our Jazz Fest weekend. We started of the day by bussing into town and then straight into the festival. I was really looking forward to seeing Trombone Shorty again and we raced in and pushed our way through just in time for the last hour of their set. They were fantastic as always then we pushed on to Ellis Marsalis, Dr John, Treme Brass Band, Morning Star Baptist Church, Bruce Springsteen, Gary Clark Jr. and then Al Green to top it all off. There was some really incredible music and I felt so blessed to be able to be apart of the whole experience. The vibe at this place was awesome, the biggest festival I have ever been to in my life. Very interesting to see the differences between Australian festivals as opposed to America's festivals that finish early at 7pm, no spirits, no ciders and very few people serving drinks. Everything is cash and people are allowed to bring in deck chairs which makes things very frustrating later on in the day when 1000’s of people are trying to watch Al Green and there is a ton of room between 1000’s of fold out chairs.
As we had to return the camper van the next morning to Denton (just north of Dallas) we raced back to our RV park and packed up the van and got on the road. It was a 10-hour drive with myself taking care of the first 6 hours then Adam following up with the rest. It was a very easy drive as there were no cars on the road, and made more enjoyable having HT next to me signing along to our favourite tunes for a few hours. We had to wash the camper and fill it up with fuel. We ended up using about $750 worth of fuel over 1500 miles, a solid effort!