Hiking? In New Orleans? Sort Of.

From enjoying a Bloody Mary on Bourbon Street at any hour of the day to kicking back at The Fly, in Audubon Park on a Friday, New Orleans offers a multitude of ways to relax in the bustling city. For the adventure seeker, however, New Orlean’s overwhelmingly flat topography offers little in the realm of outdoor adventure – hiking.

A little over a mile from the border of Mississippi though, the geography starts to change a little. The Clark Creek Nature Area consists of a couple hiking trails which house a collection of small waterfalls known as Tunica Falls.

The rocky terrain and lush green trees reminded me immediately of hiking in the northeastern mountain ranges that I’m used to. The nature preserve contains around 40 waterfalls over a 2,000-acre spread, though only six are accessible by the noted hiking trails. The main five-mile hiking trail that is called “the primitive trail” and runs directly along a refreshing river.

Upon seeing the first waterfall, a friend and I immediately climbed up on the rocks and scaled the back end to dip our heads under the cold running water.

Steep hills and mud made the hike exhilarating and strenuous, while the shady canopy of trees and the occasional dip in the river kept us cool.

If you live in the New Orleans area and are looking for a quick getaway to clear your head or just to get some natural, adventurous exercise, I’d definitely recommend a day-trip to Tunica Falls!

Hello! Who’s Listening?

Hello! My name is Annabelle and I’m 19 years old, and a student at Tulane University,  in New Orleans, Louisiana. Last summer I was at a concert in Central Park, and I was chatting with a man involved in putting the event together. He asked me who I was, and why I was at the concert. I explained to him that I was interning for a woman working with the festival and I was here to help her in any way I could. He then asked me if I wanted to work in the music industry, to which I told him that while I love music, and would love to write about music someday, what I really wanted was to be a writer. He looked at me and said, “So, where can I read your blog?”

I thought about his question for a while, and at my sheer inability to give him some content of mine to read. I felt so silly in that moment for not marketing myself in the best light possible. I’ve wanted to write for the longest time, and my career aspirations have ranged from novelist to journalist and everything in between. I also have a huge passion for travel, and this summer while taking classes in Paris, I realized the ability to write was everywhere, all around me. I didn’t need to wait for a job or to be the right age to start expressing myself and my ideas.

So this is where that conversation that day in the park led me, to create a blog for the third and hopefully last time. In the past, writing projects I’ve taken on have withered away with the coming responsibilities of my school work and social life, but with this blog, I hope that these parts of my life only serve to further inspire and fuel my writing. I want to share with whoever will listen to the things that I think make life extra special and my perspective on ideas big and small, on world issues that concern us all, and any other things I find worth sharing. I hope what I have to say finds the right eyes, and always brings light and positivity to those who read it. Thank you!