In February 2006 I moved back to California after living in New Hampshire for about 4 years. When I initially moved to NH I drove from CA and took all of the northern states. So on my way back, I decided to drive the southern states.
When I set out on my journey I didn't have a real solid plan, I basically bought a Tom Tom GPS and got on the road. I met my girlfriend at the time in North Carolina and we drove together until we got to New Orleans. After spending a day together in NOLA, she had to fly back to San Francisco. My car was low on gas, so I searched the GPS for the nearest gas station so I could fill up and drop off my girlfriend at the airport. The directions guided me to a nearby neighborhood off of the highway. Of course, GPS navigators in 2006 did not have the real-time updates and information that todays cellphone navigators have, so needless to say, when I got to the gas station it was closed due to damage from the hurricane. In addition to a closed down gas station I found a desolate neighborhood with the only sign of life being what I assumed were FEMA workers walking in the middle of one of the streets dresses from head to toe In all white hazardous material suit.
I eventually found a gas station that was open and I managed to fill up and drop off my GF at the airport. On my way back to my hotel, I decided to go back to that neighborhood and explore a bit more. These images are of the destruction left behind by hurricane Katrina. Coincidentally, this was also around Mardi Gras and there was doubt whether there would be a Mardi Gras parade or not. Lucky for me, they did have the parades and I was able to witness the resilience of the citizens of NOLA as they marched thru the streets demonstrating their will to move forward and rebuild.
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