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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Iberia April 29th 2019

On impulse this morning we decided to drive the Creole Nature Trail that begins in Sulphur, Louisiana and ends in Cameron Parish. The drive is a beautiful one with wild flowers, marsh grasses and a variety of water fowl on display. Fishing camps and duck hunting sites are an outdoors man's dream. We were the only ones with no fishing gear and every family was fishing for next weeks dinner. I do miss seeing the beautiful red wing black birds that were part of my commute everyday when I lived in Lake Jackson and they were everywhere along the trail. A large rookery with great white and spoonbills reminded us of our visits to High Island. This is mating season and the great whites have little ones to feed and the spoonbills are engineering their nests. ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana February 24th 2019

blog 02-24-19 Four States Today! I got all prepared to leave at night so you'd think that leaving on time would be easy, not. I was confused by the time change because FL is in eastern time and Alabama is in central time and my phone must have been pinging off the Alabama tower. So you'd think I'd be early but I was just confused. Don't get old, I'll blame it on that. The time was important because I was going to meet my cousin's daughter Ellie in Mobile about 1 1/2 hrs away. She is a marine biologist working in and around Mobile Bay. Not only a huge port but equally large estuary with 5 rivers emptying into it. Use paper straws! We did get together and had a delightful lunch at Cracker Barrel eating ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans January 22nd 2019

Much has been written about using Airbnb for travel, or even housing out of town guests when your own home has limited space. We have friends who rent out extra rooms through Airbnb for extra cash. We have heard as many nightmares as we have positive comments about using Airbnb over hotels. And I am sure each of you have stories about either or both in nightmarish circumstances. Compared to using hotels, I see Airbnb as a crap shoot, particularly if you are not familiar with the area. I am more comfortable choosing an Airbnb in a city like Seattle, Boston, or San Diego, than I would in Miami, Atlanta, or Washington, DC. No matter, some people still call it ScareBnB for good reason. The neighborhood, for me, is the most important factor. It usually determines ... read more
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North America » United States » Louisiana » Lafitte July 8th 2018

We were told by several friends to take a samp tour. I am so glad we did. It was great! We saw so many alligators. There was even an alligator gaurding It’s nest. The guides had trained the alligators to eat marshmallows. They said it was hard to get them to eat the first one, but once they have one they are hooked. The day was pretty hot, but the rain held off for the most part. Our guide was very knowledgeable. He was an older gentleman who grew up there. He talked about why they don’t give tours through the marshes anymore and how it contributed to erosion. We didn’t get any bug bites or alligator bites so it was a good trip! ... read more
our boat
Headed out
Headed out

We drove into New Orleans in the late morning. We walked through Jackson Square. There were bands playing jazz music. It was very neat. Then the first stop was Cafe Du Monde. We had beignets and cafe au lait. It was very crowded. The cafe was cash only. The waiters paid the cooks for the food when they picked it up from the kitchen. Then you paid the waiter in cash. I’m assuming their pay was the difference in how much the cost of the food was in the kitchen and what the customer paid them for the food. Next we went to the waterfront. Then into the St Louis Cathedral. We spent about an hour in the Louisiana State Museum. Then we ate a great lunch at the Gumbo Shop. After lunch we walked down ... read more
Jackson Square
Jackson Square
Jackson Square

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans April 24th 2018

Google Maps says the drive from Live Oak Ridge Park in Belton TX to French Quarter RV Resort in New Orleans LA is 522 miles and would take 8 hours 9 minutes, but that doesn’t compensate for food and fuel stops nor for my “less-than-the-limit-while-pulling” speed; sooo, I planned a one-night stop at Twelve Oaks RV Park in Lake Charles LA. That gave me a final leg of just over three “Google Maps” hours and 200 miles which would place my arrival time in the heart of New Orleans between the morning and evening rush hours. Informational Irene (my GPS) again performed flawlessly, and both trips were uneventful save some major road construction that caused a couple of major delays between Belton and Lake Charles. I was glad I hadn’t tried to make the entire trip ... read more
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North America » United States » Louisiana March 18th 2018

Florida is suppose to be sunny and warm... the weather has not our best friend for a couple days.... very high winds and rain. So we just took it easy and relaxed. I picked up on knitting ... surprised myself and jumped right into it - guess its like riding a bike (but thanks to Cathie for the Pinterest post and reminder on how to make my edges correct!) Had a great time exploring the old house - 502 Edison Drive; Pensacola Fla. It is so surprising how you remember something from your childhood.. I remember our house being so big and that huge oak tree being bigger than anything in the whole neighborhood (even took a couple lightening strikes)... well, when we rounded the corner and saw that tiny cinderblock house I just chuckled... how ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana March 5th 2018

We left John's with heavy hearts on Sunday, it was a late start, and after a long drive we parked for the night at the Alabama Welcome Center on I 10. Very nice stop, with well-lit and quiet parking well off the highway. The next morning we bailed from the Interstate to take a secondary road route I had planned out. Alabama went fine, Mississippi was also a breeze, and the first half on Louisiana worked well too, and we crossed the new Audubon bridge over the Mississippi as I wanted to do. After that though, we ran afoul the map demons. I was working from the large scale map in our Rand McNally, not the (my excuse!) smaller scale individual state gazetteers I usually work from. It looked to me like we could take LA ... read more
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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 14th 2018

New Orleans Louisiana We reached our destination. - New Orleans. It is often called NOLA – New Orleans NO Louisiana LA. We arrived mid afternoon on Friday 9 Feb. Our choice of accommodation for the next 5 days was an AirBnB, located just outside of the city area. As with most residential areas close to the city there is a mix of nice and nasty in terms of buildings and people. This is probably one of the disadvantages of AirBnB – not easy to work out where the accommodation actually is in the context of the broader area. MARDI GRAS During the Mardi Gras period which starts on 6 January in New Orleans, there will be many parades; some simply walking and others with floats, marching bands and so on. Each of the parades are organized ... read more
Waiting for our first parade
Parade - Krewe of Iris
Mardi Gras NO

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 12th 2018

So Monday started in a fairly relaxed fashion. There were only two parades tody, Opheus and Proteus, and they didn’t start until 5.15 (according to the schedule) So we had a day to explore the city. We decided to get a streetcar, AKA a tram, and just see where the road went. Five minutes on the tram and I suggested we find Lafayette cemetery. I really need a destination. We got off at St Charles avenue thinking we could catch the tram down to Lafayette. Now St Charles Avenue is one of the streets the parades come down. Soo the trams weren’t running, 6 hours before the parade and they had already been cancelled. It wasn’t just us that got caught. There was a local man who was quite upset that he couldn’t catch the streetcar ... read more
Lafayette Cemetary
Relaxing at an Irish pub
Krewe Proteus

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