Mardi Gras

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New Orleans West KOA

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday, February 25th

We got to the KOA in New Orleans late in the day today and spent our time planning our weekend. We know that Fat Tuesday isn't until next week on the 8th, but since they have parades and Mardi Gras festivities for a while preceding the day we are celebrating Mardi Gras this weekend.

Saturday, February 26th

We caught the bus in to downtown New Orleans today. There was a parade at 2pm, 6pm and 6:45pm. The parade route runs down St. Charles Street to Canal Street. We decided to watch the 2pm parade from the corner of Canal St. and Carondelet St. We had a pretty good spot right on the fence until we both really had to go to the bathroom, so we moved in to the center of the street where there were some port-o-pots we could use. We ended up in another great spot and caught tons of beads. Luckily we are experienced bead catchers from all of our years of going to Gasparilla. It was actually a lot like Gasparilla with drinking on the street and tons of beads being thrown everywhere. After the parade was over we headed down Bourbon St to check it out. It was a good time and we hoped in and out of bars for a while. Jared's ex boss Matt suggested some places we should go so we made sure to hit up Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop on Bourbon, which was definitely a good time.  We were able to sit at the bar and chat with some people from New Orleans. After that we headed to Frenchmen St., also suggested by Matt. Matt informed us that this is where the locals hang out. We checked out where he used to live and some of the bars on the street. It was definitely a lot less crowded and not tons of tourists. It was great to see a different side of the city.

Sunday, February 27th

We took our time getting in to the city today and again took the bus. We decided to walk through the garden district and eventually caught up with the 1pm parade from today. We headed off of St. Charles St. to get away from the huge crowds and ended up getting to Canal St. half way through the parade. So we checked out another parade today and caught some more beads. Jared and I both don't know what is so addictive about beads, but once they start throwing them you can't help but try to catch them. HAHA  After the parade we walked around the French Quarter to see parts we didn't see last night and we stopped by Cafe Du Monde for some Beignets, which were delicious. After that we headed back to our RV to grill up some dinner and watch the Oscars.

Monday, February 28th

Today we went on a swamp tour with Cajun Pride Tours. The tour was about two hours long and we saw a good amount of alligators. They are just coming out of hibernation so there were more of the smaller ones then big ones. The tour guide said that it takes the bigger alligators longer to come out because they are burrowed deeper underground. We did get to see some large alligators though and we got some sweet pictures. We also got to hold a baby alligator that is about 10 months old. Also, the tour office is crawling with cats and apparently one of the cats is a famous cat on You Tube. I included a link here of the cat beating up on the alligators.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sAF8gMN9c0

Tuesday, March 1st

Over the next week we will be making our way along the Gulf Coast heading toward Davenport, FL to meet up with my family.  My cousin Jamie and her softball team from East Stroudsburg University are spending their spring break playing in Clermont, FL (the first game is on March 6th) so some of my family is coming down for the week and we will be hanging out with them all week.

Today we left the campground pretty early to head to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.  The park had a bunch of different trails in it. We walked the Bayou Coquille Trail, Marsh Overlook, and the Visitor Center Trail. We got to see about 3 snakes and a bunch of alligator on our walks. The snakes were gross. I was definitely freaked out that one was going to jump out and bite us. It was pretty cool to see alligators out in a park and not just on the swamp tour that we did yesterday. We stopped in the Visitor Center before walking the Visitor Center Trail and the Ranger inside told us to look out for a mom alligator and her 5 babies. We found them, and the babies were about the size of the alligator we got to hold on our swamp tour. The Ranger said that it was odd that there were only 5 babies.  He said there should be more like 14 at least, so he thinks all the rest might have gotten killed.

After leaving Jean Lafitte Park we made our way to the Gulf Islands National Seashore/Davis Bayou in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  On our way we decided to stop at a Pizza Hut for lunch.  My Pizza Hut gift card that I got for my birthday covered our whole meal.  Thanks again Mom and Dad Bookhamer, it was delicious!!  We got to the campground around 5pm and where able to pick a pretty nice sight overlooking some water. Unfortunately the bugs were really bad so we stayed in the RV all night.
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Comments

Karena on

That is HILARIOUS about the cat!! And I love that Nash got his fair share of the beads too. You guys look like you're having an awesome time. Rock on.

Jenny on

That cat was on America's Funniest Home Videos tonight. Seriously.

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