Day 17 - Canoeing in the Rain

Trip Start Jul 03, 2013
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Trip End Jul 25, 2013


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Friday, July 19, 2013

The day marked the beginning of leg 3 of the trip, and our last day with Dorene. Had a nice breakfast and then took off. To the East, strangely enough. We headed to the Blackwater River for some canoeing near Milton, FL. Delays by the girls caused us to not get started until 11am, and so opted for the 7 mile trip. Met the owner before we took off, truly nice guy, with lots of tips for later in our trip. Got in the river just before noon, and started paddling, Chandler and Kendra in one canoe, Jasmine and I in another. We stopped several times to swim, snack and rope swing. While on the river we got hit with a heavy downpour of rain, which we all loved. Dried off, and changed at the car and started our long drive west. I pointed out our eastern most point to the girls. Took the interstate to Mississippi where we switched off to the coastal route through Biloxi and Gulf Port. Amazing to see so many van can't lots on the coast, still empty from the hurricane 8 years ago. We continued into New Orleans, and got a room near the French quarter. Cleaned up and took a walk down Bourbon Street, which made an impression on the girls. Found a nice cafe for dinner and then a leisurely stroll back to the hotel.

States Visited: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana*
Stops Made: canoeing down the Blackriver, Biloxi & Gulfport
Meals: breakfast at Dorene's; lunch in the car; dinner @ Pierre Mespero's in New Orleans
Accommodations: Drury Inn
Miles Driven: 266 miles
Driven on Interstates: 169 (64%)
Drive Time: 5:34(~48 mph avg)
Weather: mid 80's most of the day, heavy rainstorm while canoeing which we all loved, mid 90's with humidity along the gulf coast

Movie Watched: (none)

Highlights:
- nice breakfast to start the day
- cool drive out to the canoeing location
- great canoeing down the black river
- getting caught in a very heavy downpour on the river
- very cool and impressive drive along gulf coast in Biloxi and Gulfport
- impressive walk through New Orleans at night, especially Bourbon St.
- great dinner at Pierre Mespero's especially cool waiter
- friendly people on nighttime walk through New Orleans
- nice walk along the river back to the hotel

Lowlights:
- having to leave Dorene and Alan after just two nights
- dealing with unexpected road closure in Milton, FL
- dealing with car remote batteries dying
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