On Friday at 4:30 PM, two of my co-workers and I decided to take a spontaneous road trip to Shreveport, Louisiana. Because why not?
Alex booked us at a random casino hotel, we ran to our respective homes to grab a few necessities, and we were on our merry way.
This was one of my favorite views of the city (I’m standing on a little stage to take this photo).
We spent Saturday morning at the Shreveport Aquarium, where I touched everything I was allowed to (while Alex and Leah watched from the sidelines).
This aquarium is set up with places you can stick your head into so it’s almost like you’re in the enclosure with them. Can you tell that these guys were really creeping me out?
Patrick, is that you?
In addition to my love of aquariums, I’m a major fan of this guy: Megalodon! This is apparently a scale replica of his chompers.
If you haven’t heard of the Megalodon, watch Shark Week this year.
Later that afternoon (after breakfast), we worked our way over to the Strand Theatre. It sadly wasn’t open that morning, but here are a few fun facts for your historical enjoyment:
- It’s the official theater of Louisiana
- It opened in 1925, after 19 months of construction (totaling $750,000)
- It was closed after a decline in the 70’s but was reopened after forming a non-profit surrounding it
- We are pretty good at pointing
We’re not sure exactly why there is a giant dog sculpture, or why it has colored lights for spots, but we definitely don’t hate it.
We stumbled upon a random park full of graffiti and cracked concrete.
This was on the AT&T building downtown and was such a beautiful statement piece. There was also a guide on a poster near the ground that detailed who is who and what is what. They’re all active members of the Shreveport, Louisiana community, and each element has powerful meaning.
Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own. – Mother Teresa
Don’t mind me casually strolling around a random church.
As much as I hate to say it, 24 hours was a pretty good amount of time to spend here in the city. I had some good memories listening to live music, walking around amongst the street art (which I definitely didn’t expect!), and getting away from Dallas.
Have you ever been on a spontaneous road trip? 10/10 would recommend.
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