Shadows on the Teche

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

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

So once again....woke up early to get to RV service.  No coffee.  Steven's RV is only just down the road.  They are very understanding and might get to it today, but after conversation and 7 days of deductive reasoning we all believe that the inverter is toast.  We leave the RV and our cell # and go have some coffee and breakfast at Dwyer's.  You can get 2 eggs, hash browns, sausage and toast for $4.25 or a stack of 2 pancakes for $2.  So we got away with a fairly cheap and good breakfast.  Decide to go back to RV as we forgot the cell phone.  Go to a place called Vermillionville where they re-enact the lifestyle of the Arcadian(Cajun) here in the late 1700's.  People dressed in costume and buildings stood as they would have at that time frame.  It was a hot day, but some of the buildings had air conditioning.  I am not sure how they made it through the summers before air conditioning!  Anyway, we enjoyed the area and went in to have a cold drink.  It began to rain.  The kids got to feel what "muggy" means.  The RV place called.  Yes, we need to replace the inverter, but since we are driving such an "OLD" outdated RV they don't make that inverter anymore.  So we need to replace it with a newer version which means all the other components associated with it need to be replaced too.  They will overnight it and get us back on the road tomorrow afternoon.

We go back to get some things to stay the night in a hotel and find out that the area we are in is "Seedy."  We were cautioned not to ever leave our children's side for a second and not to be out at night.  We decided to move down the way to a better area.  Got a hotel and decided to do a scenic drive towards Houma as we were supposed to go to Houma today.  What a delight!  It started out with a rainstorm that was blinding, but when we came out the other side.  WOW!  Beautiful plantation style homes on acres of land!

There is a square in St Martinville where Longfellow wrote his poem to Evangeline.  Everything is named after the 2 of them there.  Continued our scenic drive to New Iberia.  What a town!  Full of some amazing plantation homes including Shadows on the Teche.  Audrey wasn't feeling up to it and was hungry so Clark and Rusty went on the tour of the home.  It was very delightful and Rusty's favorite of the three he has seen so far.  Ellen got daughter a snack and continued to drive around town looking at all the sights.

Returned to the Lafayette area over Breau Bridge a historical draw bridge in the area.  We ate dinner at the Filling Station!  Once again, really good food!  And yes, it is an old gas station in the middle of the downtown area.  Really cute.  Went back to the hotel where the pool was outdoors and built out over the Bayou.  Muddy water with numerous Bass boats navigating their way through .  Kids got lots of pool time in!
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