Oh, but wait. Then the thunder and lighting started. It went on until about 2:00 a.m. One clap was directly, and I mean directly above our heads. We were quite fascinated by the intensity of it so we laid there watching in the dark for quite a long time. After the thunder abated a bit, then the WIND started. It was the first time ever that I was a little concerned about how much wind our roof could take in an upright position. Finally, finally, it was over. We awoke to bright blue skies. One little tidbit that we found both interesting and humorous is that several of the people around us told us that on TV that evening it was actually declared a "tornado watch"......I wonder how we would have ever known about this, I mean, other than waking up in a field somewhere like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz!! Hopefully one of them would have come and got us so we could all huddle in the brick bathroom building together!! Some happy hour that would have been!!
So, we bid adieu to some nice people at the park like Leo & Sherry from S. Beloit, IL. (hope you get your truck back from the body shop this weekend as promised!!) and Walter & Malinda from York, PA. (thanks for all the Memphis tips!!) Super nice bunch. If you are in the area, go check out Poche's RV Park in Breaux Bridge LA. Virdy will take good care of you!! (www.pochesrvpark.com). Our thanks again to Paula & Jerry for the recommendation on the park!!
It is only about 130 miles to New Orleans. We really love those kind of driving days!! We arrived here at Jude Travel Park of New Orleans. Older part of town. Here is a little history. Marla's godfather owned the park for 35+ years. He was in the process of selling it to Marla & her husband when Katrina hit in 2005. It never happened and Marla had to relocate to Dallas for work as her house was under 10 feet of water and this park was also under 5 feet of water. Once things got back to "normal" her uncle ended up selling it to a gentleman who let it fall into disrepair and he, subsequently, went bankrupt. Marla & hubby bought it. So, other than the pesky hurricane and one bad owner, it has been in her "family" for a long time. Great place. Let's start with the driving day:
Well, we haven't seen a VW Westfalia for a very long time in our travels when
we happen upon this one and they are from BC!! What a coincidence!!
This is a causeway (or I guess you could say a suspended bridge)
over the natural swamplands. They go on for M-I-L-E-S!!!
,,,here it comes!!
First view of Lake Pontchartrain...
If you open our van door, after a small grocery trip when we are in
"travelling" mode, this is what it looks like!! YIKES!!!
So, here we are!! We now have 3 nights here and it looks like we are going to have a great time in the "Big Easy".
Yes, that is our site number over my head on the fence
(...or is that the age I wish I still was???)
Hard to believe it was 5 feet under water, huh?
Bathroom building closest and office and house furthest away.
Other than a pretty busy road out front, it's very nice!!
Mardi Gras theme everywhere!!
Even the pool area is decked out for Mardi Gras!!
We have lined up a Gray Line tour tomorrow that starts right downtown. We will be dropped off by the park shuttle at Café Du Monde for coffee and beignets, a southern favourite. Then we get a 3.5 hour tour so we can see all the top spots and then we will be back on Bourbon Street on our own for the rest of the day and part of the evening. Super excited for that day!!
Here is a bit of something personal for anyone who would like to help out. Our very famous grandson, Gus (a.k.a. August Alan Beglaw) is going on a fundraising walk tomorrow, February 22nd, in the evening. It is to help raise money and awareness for homelessness. The walk is done in the evening to help appreciate what those without adequate shelter go through on these cold evenings, thus the name "Coldest Night". If you care to help out by donating in his name, we would greatly appreciate it. Oh, don't worry, Mom & Dad are going too! He is a wee bit small to go on his own!! Thanks everyone. Here is the link if you are interested. It takes you right to his page:
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That's it for us. Just enjoying a glass of wine (how unusual!!). We will do dinner and get ready for our early jaunt out of here tomorrow morning!!
Yee haw.....New Orleans, here we come!!!
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