NOLA we miss you already

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End Oct 07, 2012

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

We set off from New Orleans this morning and are now taking a lunch break in Jackson, MS after traveling up (half of) the Natchez Trace. It is pouring buckets intermittently. Mike says we are following the storm up north as we go. Boo. I guess we should count ourselves lucky for getting so much good weather the rest of our trip.

New Orleans was wonderful, but way too short a trip. When we got there Friday night, it was early enough that we could walk into the French Quarter and get some dinner. It was a beautiful night for a stroll with my husband. It was very quiet with the exception of Bourbon Street. However, Bourbon was still far less insane than when we were last here in June '11. 

We ate at a nice little place called "Eat" in the French Quarter where we tried fried frog legs! They were delicious as you would expect. My theory on bizarre things like that is that they generally have to be good or restaurants wouldn't serve them. A total cliche, but they were a more tasty version of chicken. I had a lovely crab and shrimp pie which was sort of the consistency of Rhode Island's stuffed quahogs ( with a crust and a heaping of cheese on top (the French influence, I'm guessing). 

We were also lucky enough to score one of the last reservations at Commander's Palace for brunch on Saturday morning. As before, it was a great meal and even better service. There was jazz brunch that morning which was a nice touch. I won't give you all the details there, but Mike enjoyed his turtle soup and I had a nice lobster and crawfish frittata. 

It was great to see another friend, Sharon, who lives nearby in Baton Rouge. We had a nice visit, but it was just too short. I hope we can get back to New Orleans again soon. . .

This morning was another early start, packing up in the rain. We took the freeway to Natchez, MS and then got onto the Trace ( which is an old (like thousands of years) trade route that follows the Mississippi. Up until the 1820s when the steamboat took over, it was impossible to oppose the southerly current of the river so traders would go down river by boat and back up river on foot. The Trace is well-paved by the National Parks Service with tall trees on both sides. We saw very few people and, while it did pour down occasionally, we had a nice drive for the next 80 miles. We stopped to see an old burial mound and an old small plantation which sits along the road. 

So tonight we're staying at a completely random cabin in the middle of Mississippi. It was also built by the CCC and looks very nice with a stove and central air and a bathroom. However, we don't think we'll have an internet connection so we won't have a chance to blog for a few days and then we'll practically be done! This is the last week of our trip. 

I know it is disappointing that we haven't uploaded pictures, but we'll get to it next time. Plus, many of our pictures are of literary sites which are not particularly fascinating.   

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