New Orleans – Week 1

We’ve been packing in the sights on our off-hours this week. I’ve been getting up with Jesse and touring the French Quarter in the mornings, and then Dan takes her to a great 4.5 acre dog park at lunch, followed by adventures in Louis Armstrong park late afternoon, and then walking tour of the area. Phew, we’ve covered some miles this week! We also lucked into being in town for St Patrick’s Day, so got to see a full-on parade, bead madness (I even got a garter 😉 ) and a whole lot of drunk people wearing green. Once again I was surprised by the things that Jesse-dog counts as fun, but walking in a parade is on.

Kimbo and Jesse after the St Patrick's Day Parade

Kay and Jesse after the St Patrick’s Day Parade

One of the highlights was meeting up with my brother Dave, who happens to also be in town this week, competing in a national bridge tournament. We met up for dinner and cocktails afterward, with him, his bridge partner and friends. He also showed us around the tournament setup, and we got to see how real bridge is played. Impressive!

We spent today touring around the Garden District. Because none of the tour companies will allow dogs, we figured out self-guided walking tours and have been consulting our phones as we cruise around different historic areas. This walking tour worked out pretty well!

Welcome to the Garden District!

Welcome to the Garden District!

A dog-friendly mansion... Welcome to the garden district!

A dog-friendly mansion… Welcome to the garden district!

Author Anne Rice's home and the setting for the Mayfair Witches books

Author Anne Rice’s home and the setting for the Mayfair Witches books

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Touring through Lafayette Cemetary

I will write a poem about this shoe.

I will write a poem about this shoe.

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Tiptoe through the clover… the grass is always greener… so many tacky options for this caption 😉

 

Whirlwind Drive to New Orleans

We traveled through four states in a day… what a whirlwind! And Sunday night we landing in New Orleans!

Hello Ala-Missi-Lou!

Hello Ala-Missi-Lou!

We’re staying put for two weeks, and have found an awesome location just a couple of blocks off of the French Quarter. It’s very strange; right next to St Louis Cemetary #1, at the end of a dark alley, is a quite nice RV park (minus the giant billboard in the center). Great services, excellent security and as you can see here, most convenient freeway access 😉 We have our own patch of grass, a cobblestone parking area, and full hookups. Jesse and I tour the quarter every morning before work (and right after the street cleaners have been through), and have made lots of local friends. She loves it; what an urban girl! Here are some shots of our first hours in the city.

We are here!

We are here!

Dan and Jesse whooping it up on Bourbon St.

Dan and Jesse whooping it up on Bourbon St.

Parades everywhere!

Parades everywhere!

Cafe du Monde... Home of the world's greatest chicory coffee and beignets! I even brought one back for Dan to try.

Cafe du Monde… Home of the world’s greatest chicory coffee and beignets! I even brought one back for Dan to try.

Goodbye Pensacola

We had a great week in Big Lagoon SP, just outside of Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle. Our good friend Gary D just moved to Atlanta, and he drove down on the weekend with his love, Susan, to spend time with us. The weather held out for fun bonfires, and Gary and I have spent so many years (decades?) hanging around the campfire that it felt like old times. The weather held out for us, as there were huge storms all around us, but managed to miss us by miles. Good times with great friends, and the perfect way to say goodbye to Florida!

Gary, Susan and Otis at camp

Gary, Susan and Otis at camp

Gary and Dan

Gary and Dan

Gary and Kimbo

Gary and Kimbo