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New Orleans Part Deux

Sunday, December 7th, 2008
Bourbon Street is always and interesting time

Bourbon Street is always an interesting time

Arrived back in New Orlens on Wednesday.  Lee picked us up at the airport and it was straight to the French Quarter for a night on the town.  Had a good time eating oysters, walking the streets, taking in the many interesting sights, listening to some music, and (of course) partaking in a libation or two.  Spent the rest of the weekend with Karen and Lee. 

 

Fixins' for "Slap ya Mama" dinner

Fixins for our Slap ya Mama dinner

Made a yummy traditional Louisiana meal with shrimp the guys bought from some local fisherman fresh from tthe Pearl River. They were excellent grilled on the barbie with “slap your mama” seasoning and some veggies. We also had alligator sausage po’ boys with red beans and rice.  After a good southern dinner it was off to Le Bon Temps Roule to see another band.  Great 3 piece traditional bluesy jazz jam.  After a while Walter Wolfman, a local popular guitarist, showed up to join in.  Daryl does this name ring a bell?  Decided to finally load up the RV and head out on Sunday (today) to avoid Monday traffic,.  We are on the road to Texas and hopefully some new outdoor adventures.

Chillin in Slidell and New Orleans

Friday, November 21st, 2008
We have layed pretty low this week, spending time visiting with a few activities thrown in. 
Lee, Kim, and Chris playing Hackysac in the driveway

Lee, Kim, and Chris playing Hackysac in the driveway

Playing Hackysac brings back old memories.  It’s been a while, but the old folks did pretty well.  We have spent a few hours in the driveway trying to rekindle our skills.  We were unable to locate an official hackysac but one of the dogs toys worked quite well.

 

Lee and Karen's house

Lee and Karen's house

 

We had to back the camper between the pillars that are at the beginning of the driveway.  The picture doesn’t really do justice to the “skill” (luck?) it took to get the camper through. Quite a long driveway to negotiate but Chris made it happen after numerous tries.

Chris's KTM in New Orleans

Chris

We decided to head into New Orleans for breakfast/lunch.  We road double up for our outing, not quite sure how traffic would be.  Drove through some interesting areas on 90.  It really is amazing seeing the nothingness, rebuilding, and garbage that has yet to be taken care of.  We actually saw boats still on the side of the road.

 

Kim enjoying her Cafe du Monde coffee and bignettes

Kim enjoying her Cafe du Monde coffee and bignettes

Our first stop was at Cafe du Monde.  Can’t visit New Orleans without the traditional hickory coffee and bignettes.  For lunch we enjoyed the official muffuletta from Central Grocery on Decatur.

 

Jackson Square, an inside view

Jackson Square, an inside view

 

We both took shots here, but Chris’s made the cut.

 

Chris diagnosing the problem

Chris diagnosing the problem

 

The ride back from the big easy was not so easy.  We got a flat on 90.  Thankfully we were right next to Bayou Savage, a wildlife refuge were there was a parking area.  Once we realized the tire wouldn’t hold air, Chris set out to change the tube with limited tools.  Luckily he had a mini air compressor (that I complained about him getting).  I guess I won’t be complaining about that purchase anymore.

 

I had fun taking some pictures while he worked…

Chris handling his frustration well

Chris handling his frustration well

 

 

 

 

Kim practicing her timer skills

Kim practicing her timer skills

Spanish moss on a cypress tree in the bayou

Spanish moss on a cypress tree in the bayou

Hanging in Slidell with Friends

Monday, November 17th, 2008
Karen, Lee, Kaylee, and Lauren

Karen, Lee, Kaylee, and Lauren

 

We arrived at our friend’s house on Saturday afternoon.  They have a great house and yard.  After some fancy maneuvering and some coaching from Lee and Kim, Chris got the camper tucked into their driveway.  The drive from Tennessee to Slidell was relatively uneventful.  We did pass a camper “graveyard” that seemed to stretch for a few miles, about 100 miles outside of New Orleans on I59.  We assume that was the temporary housing from Katrina.  There is still a great deal of devastation and rebuilding going on.  It is amazing the long term impact.  We are looking forward to getting into the French Quarter, eating some oysters, hearing some music, taking some pictures, etc… 

Kim, Lauren, Molly, Telah, and Jack

Kim, Lauren, Molly, Telah, and Jack

They have three incredibly cute little dogs.  We never thought we would even consider having a small dog but this crew is winning our hearts.

 

 

Telah and Jack on Chris's Lap

Telah and Jack on Chris

Don’t tell Chris but he has two small dogs on his lap.  How cute are they?

 

 

 

Day trip to the gulf coast

Day trip to the gulf coast

Today we decided to venture out on the motorcycles.  Although it was still a bit chilly we managed to find sun and some fun.  We traveled along the coast to Mississippi and lunched at the Silver Slipper (one of the rebuilt casinos).  After enjoying our free stuff we decided we would head down the coast further to Gulf Shores and hit another casino.  Didn’t quite make it to Biloxi…  It was quite strange driving the coast.  There are some homes that have been rebuilt that are quite impressive.  While others are still just foundations or families living in trailers.