Ground Hog Day

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
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Trip End Aug 12, 2008


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Holiday Inn Express

Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Thursday, June 12, 2008

Since we had to wait for the RV to be fixed, we wanted to keep the activities close so we could get on our way as soon as possible.  After we slept in and ate the free breakfast we decided to go to Avery Island.  Clarkism "Kids, Avery island is the largest salt dome on the Louisiana coast.  This is where the term working in the salt mines comes from."  It is fairly close and told it is a must do!  We zip down 90 to Avery Island, better known as where Tabasco Sauce is made.  We join the free tour and get free samples and are funneled into the gift shop where they have crazy food like Tabasco soda, sweet and hot pepper ice cream, etc.  It is time for lunch.

We make our way to Jeanerette for lunch.  We eat at the only option Sonic and make our way down the road as there is nothing there to see.

We make our way to St Francisville.  There are a few plantation homes we can look at that follow the river to Irish Bend.  We make our way through the town and follow the river road and run into an old country store that we did not think was open but stopped to take pictures.  We realized it was a grocery store that was still operational.  We stopped in and found a 94 year old man named Medric Martin.  He was the owner and has been working his store for 73 years.  Business was booming in the 30's and 40's when he began to sell alcohol.  Most of his customers were black field workers who would stop in to wind down.  Martin would work early morning until 1am in the morning and start over the next day.  He added on rooms next to the store that would serve as a night club of sorts.  The room now serves as a small storage room, but in the day "there would be 150 people at a time, you couldn't even turn around."  The good times came to an end for Martin with the invention of the tractor.  Mr Martin also shared that he was robbed in the early 90's hit over his head with a wrench and ended up with a plate in his front lobe where he showed us the divot in his skull.  That was the only time the store as ever closed.  He also sold us a news paper from the day before that told Martin's entire story.  We toke his picture, bought some soda and continued on our way.  

We heard from Steven's.  The RV is ready!  Yeah!  We are on the road again!  We decide to make our way to Baton Rouge (red stick). Clarkism "Kid's they use a red stick in the fields to pick the Tabasco peppers so they know exactly the right redness or ripeness." This way when we get up in the morning,  we can drive to Plantation Alley and visit some of the homes along the way to New Orleans.

We arrive at Cajun Country RV Park.  There is no one over the age of 14 at the check in desk.  The clerk tells me a story about how she got lost at Monarch ski resort this past season and made into the Denver newspaper.  Huh?  Anyway, we proceed to our spot and get setup.  Feeling comfortable and start to look at what we are going to do tomorrow, when  WAMOOOO!!!!!!!!!!  All the power is out.  Again!  The generator won't start.  All the symptoms are the same.  We decide to head back where we got the inverter so we can be there in the morning when they arrive for work.  Clark's anxiety was overwhelming at this point and I had to talk him off the ledge. Clark went to get our money back as we had only been there for only 15 minutes.  Sister and her 2 tobacco chewing brothers wouldn't budge and wouldn't give Clark his money back.  He became unglued and told Ellen to call the credit card company! Ellen suggested we move on down the road as it wasn't worth the energy so we packed up to go.  Ellen was having thoughts of running over to the casino to make money to buy a new RV and leave this one behind. 

We stayed at a hotel in Henderson as we had no power.  We ate dinner at the original Landry's and visited their attached art gallery.  Met the owner of the gallery...she was very nice and gave the kids each a set of artist's note cards.  Food was good.  The kid's had another pool night, but it was a short one.
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