On one of the days without rain, we decided to take a drive Southwest of New Orleans along the River Road to see some plantations. We were interested primarily in Oak Alley as it seems to be one of the most photographed. So we headed down I-310 and crossed the Westbank Bridge, where we took a break to look around. The bridge itself is quite a sight so took a few images. Along the river are several oil refineries and we saw barges up and down the river. Had a chance to stop at three plantations: Laura Plantation, St. Joseph Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation.Read More →

On a beautiful Friday afternoon we went to City Park in New Orleans. This is one of the nicest city parks of any city that we have visited. We spent time wandering through the different areas of the park, walked around the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden (one of the best we’ve seen), visited the compact, but beautiful Botanical Garden and ended the day at the Friday Concert in the Park. Make sure you don’t overlook this gem after carousing the French Quarter. Leftover water from recent rains made for a beautiful reflection       Lots of secluded areas for intimate conversations  Read More →

After Abita Springs, came back to New Orleans and this time stayed at Pontchartrain Landing, a nice RV park on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain. Grima found a little alligator friend roaming the shoreline while there. The weather was a little more cooperative (note the word ‘little’), so we had more time to see a bit more of the city. To tell the truth, we weren’t as impressed with the town as we thought we’d be. Perhaps it was the weather, perhaps because we had mostly seen it via Mardi gras scenes we had seen in films, etc. Perhaps the humidity – takes a littleRead More →

We purchased our Winnebago Adventurer in October 2013 – thought we got a good deal, but, well, that’s another story. It spent the first year mostly in storage save for a couple ‘breaking in’ trips, one to Jackson, CA, and the other to San Luis Obispo. When we finally retired and rented the house, we drove the ‘bagel bagel’ (as our friend Kim baptized it) directly to Texas, a marathon 7 day trip, with a stopover in L.A. to spend Thanksgiving with our son, Jeric. From there we hopped a plane to Chile, returning 3 months later. As I mentioned in a previous post, weRead More →