Monday, 24 February 2014

New Orleans LA to Westwego LA (14 Miles)

This morning we packed up and left Jude Travel Park in New Orleans. Thanks to Marla & Kevin for a great stay. Please, if you are coming by New Orleans, stay here, it is close placement to all the action. (www.judetravelparkofneworleans.com).

First place we stopped was back at City Park (remember the Sculpture Gardens from our tour the other day?) Well, it was recommended to us by Marla that we go up there for one more café-au-lait and beignet feast at Morning Call Cafe. She said that was where she and her hubby went for their treat. Since we had already done the famous Café du Monde in the French Quarter, we gladly accepted the tip and headed up there. I must say, it was much more peaceful being back up at City Park again! This café has been open for over 100 years in this park, so longer than the more famous Café du Monde.

That is the café you see through this pagoda.....

If you look really, really hard, just to
the right of the umbrella post, you can see faithful Euri...

Here you add your own amount of powdered sugar, which I liked better....

Okay, just dive in....

...and you end up with powdered sugar pretty much everywhere!!

I believe these are Muscovy ducks. Apparently they get fed
way too many beignets, but they just waddled into the outdoor seating area!!!

 

More of those gorgeous old trees with Spanish moss....
 
 
After our little feast (and I believe it will be the last café and beignet feast our waistlines and arteries can take) we left town for our new stay at Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego. The freeway systems work pretty good all around the city. I like them better than in Texas because they move just about 60 mph, instead of the breakneck 70 mph. Here are just a few pictures along the way..... 
 
On route past the famous Superdome....



 Bridges going over the Mississippi River

...and there is the river!!
 
So, here we are at Bayou Segnette State Park.It is located in Westwego, which is only about 14 miles from New Orleans. Once in the park, you would never know a major city was anywhere even close. Besides, we love the state parks…..and since it is still Louisiana, there is still free laundry!!  Oh, and the Wi-Fi seems pretty good, for now anyway!
 

Park is super nice. Very clean and sites are pretty generous. Ours is a little funny, because if we had backed in (like is normal) the door opens on the wrong side according to the table and fire pit placement.  The nice thing about a small rig like ours is that we can just pull straight in. something big rigs and trailers cannot do!!

Apparently the park is sold out (mostly due to Mardi Gras). There
are still lots of empty sites but they should be filling up shortly this afternoon....

Not sure if this site is long enough for us....
 

Lots of standing water from the storm of yesterday....
 
 

 

 

 

Super nice boardwalks all over the park....

Snazzy washroom/laundry building....not so close to us though!

...and the really snazzy Mardi Gras sign post #67 for the Beglaws
(just in case any of you were planning on visiting over the next few days!!)
 
Quick lunch then off for a bike ride....
 
New floodwall by the bayou. These gates are H-U-G-E!!!

  
All the way along this road (which is part of the state park) there used to be cabins
(pre-Katrina). They will never be re-built. Someone told us that the state blamed Katrina but actually, the cabins were full of termites and that is why they fell apart so badly!!
Guess that's insider/local knowledge!!!
 
Cabin driveways....
 

 

We are on the watch for armadillos and a furry, rat-like animal called a Nutria. It looks a bit like a beaver without the fancy tail. The locals, apparently, eat them and we were told by our tour guide the other day to be careful about buying anything with any kind of pelt on it because it is probably “rat” as they call them!! No problem, not much into wearing fur anyway!! Supposedly they are huge (about the size of a beaver), nasty and they are becoming an invasive problem for Louisiana. The folks around here were quite pleased that thousands of them were killed during the floods but now they have come back even stronger. Anyway, this is what they look like, according to my research:
...and they have big orange teeth!!!
Not so lovingly called swamp rats by the locals.....




 
We will be here until Thursday morning. We are looking forward to some biking around here on Tuesday that’s for sure. Looks to be great! Hopefully the Wi-Fi holds out too!!

Peace…..

Thought for the Day: The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention....

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