N'awlens

Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
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Trip End Aug 13, 2010


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Pontchartrain Landing RV Park

Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Sunday, July 4, 2010

I was talking to our neighbor, a Louisiana resident, at the campground in Lafayette. He asked me where we were going next and I said New Orleans. His accent was thick and he wasn't understanding me. After repeating myself 3 times, he said "Ahhh, Nawlens." His advice...."Be careful over there. Keep your wallet in your front pocket. Those guys will slit your throat for a dollar."! Great.......

We made a couple of stops along the way and, after sitting in some thick traffic, pulled into our RV park around 5pm. This park is only a few years old and you can tell they are trying to make it nice. It's about 5 miles from The French Quarter, and they have a free shuttle that drops off and picks up at various time of the day. It's right on this slough that connects Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi. They have a nice area for boats here too. It looks like good fishing here. Big fish too. I talked to one local who had a 40lb fish, a freshwater Drum, laying in his boat. Then he opened his cooler up and it was full of Reds and Drum and a shark. I wish I would have had an extra day here to rig up my rod and reel. Next time. The park has a nice big deck on the second level, (above the flood line) complete with pool and bar. I was informed by the management that as long as a patron is still drinking, the bar will keep serving! The majority of the guests gather here every evening. I BBQ'd a rack of ribs and we watched several firework displays from here on the 4th.

We have mixed feelings about New Orleans. We thought the French Quarter was definitely worth seeing. It's a beautiful area, with it's old school architecture and all. Of course the food was great. And Bourbon Street is just a huge party with speakeasies (and strip clubs) as far as the eye can see.


Everyone just parties in the street here. I hadn't been to a place that lively since attending a New Years eve at State-line Tahoe. On the down side, the place is kind of ghetto and reeks, real bad, of rotten garbage and sewage. Some of the beggars here get all in your space. Maybe 2 at a time, grabbing onto you and trying to work some type of scams that I didn't really understand or stick around to find out. I watched many of tourists getting the once-over. Back in our town a guy will just ask for some spare change. I didn't feel like it was unsafe but I didn't let my guard completely down either. Our 1st night here, we had dinner at a local brew pub and walked Bourbon St. Violet wasn't stoked. Probably not a great place for kids. My bad....

They have this old cemetery right in the French Quarter that we checked out. Like early 1800's.
 
   
All the graves are above ground because they can't bury the bodies in this swampy earth here. They would just get pushed back up above ground. It looks real trippy. Some of the graves have some sort of Voodoo thing going on too. I'm not sure what is going on with that.

We took a drive up the Mississippi one day to check out some old sugarcane plantations. We took a tour of one called the Laura Plantation.





It's one of the Creole plantations here. Pretty cool and another learning experience. Violet was even getting caught up in the history of this place. She actually turned off her Ipod! The drive along the river was beautiful and everything so green. Big bugs here though. While walking into one of the plantations, I noticed some rustling going on in a shrub next to me. I was looking into it thinking I might see a rodent or something then 3 of these damned things came crawling out. "What the hell!" Everyone takes several steps back, all creeped out, and the tour guide grabs one of the bugs and holds it on her hand. She says this is a baby one! (see photo) She said they get double that in size and says they are called Devil Horses. She said they don't bite, just spit on you.

Notes:

 We are enjoying the weather here. It is humid and in the 80's with a nice breeze and rains come every afternoon.

I currently have a flat tire on my trailer. I found a nail in it. I'm covered by Good Sam so they will be out to put on the spare for me. We'll have it repaired this afternoon and then head toward Florida.
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tona on

I'm glad you guys are ok. i noticed you hadn't moved a couple days and you're parked in some neighborhood, so of course I was thinking the worst, then I read what the guy told you about New Orleans, slittin' your throat and all. Yikes! That Plantation looks pretty interesting, I'm glad Violet got to see some old history up close like that. Pretty neat. Hey that krapper (there goes the post-police wont' let me write krappher, man they're strict) didn't look half bad either...ha-ha!
looking forward to your next post.

Matthews on

Hope you sucked on some crawfish NO style

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