Our Visit to "The Big Easy"
Trip Start Sep 12, 2011
30Trip End Nov 21, 2011
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It is a windy, cloudy, hot and very humid day as we head out, finally, at noon!
Leaving Alabama, we make a short drive through Mississippi and enter Louisiana as the storm clouds start to roll in.
As we head through town there is lingering evidence of the damage from Hurricane Katrina; windows are still boarded up after all this time and some ruined buildings stand abandoned.
Our walking tour of the French Quarter has us looking for a restaurant that serves frog legs, which we thought would be a pretty common thing down here in Louisiana since it is "Cajun Country". Every place that we ask sends us to another restaurant. It is a very interesting walk down Bourbon and Orleans Streets as we look for a place to eat. I'm surprised at how narrow the streets are; there is the sound of music coming from all of the bars along the street, and I didn't know that people are allowed to carry drinks out in public.
We enjoy our stroll and get a kick out of seeing all the "VooDoo" shops on the street, and I threaten to find a doll that looks like Ike so I can stick needles in it when I'm mad at him!
After "gawking" the streets for nearly two hours, we finally give up on our frog leg search and just decide upon a seafood restaurant. Pier 424 Seafood Market serves up a very tasty meal of "alligator bites", fried okra and seafood gumbo. I enjoiyed drinking a "Hurricane"; $10.00 drink but I got to keep the lovely plastic souvenir glass! There is so much food that I think we will be eating this for several days!! It is time that we best get on the road and head toward a place to camp or we won't be making much progress on our trek towards home. Our parting scene from New Orleans looks like something you would see on "Cops" during the Mardi Gras: Officer on Segway standing over a passed out drunk on Bourbon Street!! This guy is so good he is out cold and still holding on to his drink!!
We made it out of the city and got just west of Lafayette when the storms finally got the best of us and we just couldn't drive in it anymore. Even though it is still very warm out, the sky is completely streaked with lightening and rain is just pouring down. There were tons of big trucks on the road and we couldn't see a thing.
The storms have abated, the skies are blue and it's 75 degrees by the time we take off, actually getting an early (for us) 9:30 am start. On the road for an hour, we see a big billboard advertising "Cajun Tales" Restaurant and pull over, where Ike finally gets his frog legs!! Who cares if they are for breakfast, at least his desire for "cajun cooking" is fulfulled!!