Bienvenue en Louisiane!
Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
54Trip End Jun 14, 2011
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Where I stayed
Fountainbleu State Park
Today we had a quick breakfast at the campsite and then left for a day of touring plantation homes around the area. We started with a drive to Baton Rouge (Red Stick) to visit Magnolia Mound, which is nestled in just a short distance from Louisiana State University. It was built in 1791 and remains in remarkable condition, complete with gardens growing traditional crops
A short drive back towards New Orleans we stopped at Houmus House, named for the native tribes living in the area. This house (if you can use such a simple term for an enormous structure like this), was absolutely beautiful and the grounds perfectly manicured. Della even made a friend with the resident parrot who was nice enough to take a break from his lunch to come over and say hi. He went right back to eating as soon as we left!
We had one more stop on our tour, one that everyone should recognize. It is called Oak Alley for its perfectly spaced oak trees that line the drive and was made famous as the childhood home of Forrest Gump. While we didn't opt for the guided tour, we visited the gift shop and took some pictures of the grounds. The immensity of the building and the grounds we really impressive.
Back at camp we enjoyed an evening where the temperatures had dropped to to 80 and didn't feel like 100% humidity and made dinner as a group. We're looking forward to exploring the French Quarter tomorrow, Liz found some cool spots we have to see so we should have lots to report in the next post!