Should I travel to the Gulf Coast beaches? I’ve been posed this question since I did a tour through the Gulf Coast a few weeks ago, starting in New Orleans and making my way through the Gulf bayous and small beach towns to Pensacola, Florida. Stops included New Orleans, Bayou la Batre, Orange Beach, Perdido Beach, and Pensacola. My visit took place nearly a year after the Gulf oil rig explosion and subsequent leak and nine months after my initial visit to the Gulf coast. Should you visit…

It was almost 10 months ago that I took what has become one of the most important trips I’ve ever taken. Just a weekend road trip down to the Gulf Coast of Alabama, I didn’t know that it would become such an influential trip. While this is exactly what it did, the intentions were never to thrust me back into writing and traveling. The intentions, also, weren’t politically motivated. After weeks of hearing reports on the news about the Gulf Coast oil rig disaster, I simply wanted to…

It’s been over three weeks since I visited the Gulf Coast and wrote about my experiences. Though originally planning on writing a wrap-up piece immediately after my visit, I decided to wait. I know what you’re probably asking: “Spencer, why have you waited so long to write a summary? Will it not have lost it’s effect by writing it many days after going and now that the end is possibly in sight?”. I’m writing it now for the very reason that the ending COULD possibly be in sight….

I quickly jumped out of my car with my camera thrown over my shoulder, HD camcorder in hand and collapsible tripod jutting out of my back pocket. I ran up the boardwalk, scooted up the two sets of stairs to the top of the sand dunes into the covered shelter for what awaited me. I’m not sure what I expected, but I wasn’t ready for this. Like those climatic, slow motion scenes from the movies, I slowly did a 360-degree, when the words came out: “What in the…

I first of all have to say a HUGE thank you for everyone that’s been following along. I’ve gotten such great comments via the blog, but especially Twitter. If I could put all of you in my backpack and travel around with you then I would, because the support and encouragement has been overwhelming. Now on to Day Two, the first full day at the Gulf Coast in Alabama. My day got started doing a couple of interviews. The first was with a grassroots organization along the Gulf…

After an 8-hour drive, I finally arrived at the Gulf Coast at 11:30 p.m. tonight in Spanish Fort. The drive was a little longer than I expected and of course traffic is never a walk in the park coming through Atlanta. What’s worse, I hadn’t seen rain in several weeks, and it rained horizontally for half the drive. This was the longest road trip I had taken in quite a while and reminded me of my love for travel and why I do what I do. Probably the…