A Bit of the South for the Holidays

A little bit of Christmas for us

A little bit of Christmas for us

From Lafayette we were headed to New Orleans to stay at a state park for a couple of nights before crossing the border into Mississippi. After several warnings from Uncle Dusty and some Louisiana natives we decided to do a day trip to NOLA and stay in Baton Rouge instead. We posted up at the KOA in Baton Rouge (since our KOA experiences thus far had been quite a success) and did our thing… our first stop was a trip to the Mississippi River, which runs next to downtown Baton Rouge. We saw the riverboat casinos, and an old retired destroyer, the USS Kidd, made into a veteran’s memorial. Of course my pictures of these things are not very good. It was sunset and the lighting was pretty poor. Chris did manage to capture a decent pic of the State Capitol though…

Louisiana's State Capitol building

Louisiana’s State Capitol building

We made a quick run to the Mall of Louisiana (I hadn’t been to a proper mall since we left home and this was “The Mall” of Louisiana so I had high expectations), which turned out to be your average mall with a cool outdoor plaza containing, among other things, a very large Apple store and a delicious frozen yogurt place. Inside the mall we saw the kiosk in this picture below, which we both got a good laugh at. It’s like they took Chris’s slang lingo and put it on tshirts!

they speak Chris in Louisiana

they speak Chris in Louisiana

We did end up doing a day trip to New Orleans after almost skipping it completely. We really had heard things about the city being super super dangerous and how we shouldn’t “walk down a street with no people on it, even during the day” and stuff like that. In fact we heard a lot worse than that from a local guy staying with his son next to us at the KOA in Lafayette but I can’t repeat what he said because it was very foul. Needless to say we were apprehensive about visiting the Big Easy but I knew we would regret it if we didn’t go so we left the Moho at the KOA for the day and headed south. After about an hour and a half drive we arrived in the city of New Orleans. We saw the Superdome, which I remember seeing on the news in the aftermath of Katrina (I believe it has since been remodeled, after all it houses a Superbowl-winning football team). We drove straight through downtown to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. This was supposed to rival the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which Chris and I visited a few years ago. The Audubon Aquarium was pretty cool, but I think the best part for us parents was watching Zeph’s expressions upon his exploration of the place.

Zeph made a friend. This penguin was the only one of about fifty in the water and kept swimming up to the glass where Zeph was. Zeph put his hand out to touch him.

Zeph made a friend. This penguin was the only one of about fifty in the water and kept swimming up to the glass where Zeph was. Zeph put his hand out to touch him.

A creepy white alligator. The sign said he's not albino because he doesn't have red eyes.

A creepy white alligator. The sign said he’s not albino because he doesn’t have red eyes.

A cool yellow seahorse

A cool yellow seahorse

boys looking for the otter

boys looking for the otter

zeph on a fish

zeph on a fish

We walked to the St Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter, where Chris’s dad had attended church when he and his parents and siblings lived in New Orleans sometime in the 60s I think. The inside of the church was as beautiful as the outside. Ironically in front of the church outside there were multiple little folding tables set up, some selling their artwork but most were tarot card readers offering to tell you your fortune. Reminded me of a story in the Bible about Jesus flipping tables over. We also visited the National World War II Museum. Chris and I love history and have visited these types of museums whenever we can. Our favorite WWII museum is still L’Hôtel national des Invalides in Paris. This museum in New Orleans was very well done and had much to read, look at and experience. And as we pushed Zeph in his stroller through the earlier parts of the museum he fell asleep, so we got to enjoy this place properly (not exactly kid-friendly material there).

panoramic victory

panoramic victory

Chris at the WWII museum

Chris at the WWII museum

We survived our day trip to New Orleans. Honestly, as we walked down a main street in the French Quarter, I did feel a bit uncomfortable. I don’t know if it was all the stories we’d heard before our visit or some real sense of danger but I was not ready to hang out there after dark. I know, I know, I was probably being a wuss. My sister-in-law just spent five days there with her girlfriends and she returned home safely.

It’s 9:15am here in Florida where we currently are, and Chris’s parents have probably been up for a few hours now patiently waiting for us to get our butts in gear for the day. More holiday stories and pictures next time. Happy Sunday, y’all!

 

  • Allie

    The ww2 museum looks so cool! Wish I was traveling with you guys!

  • Allie

    Haha.. I can hear Chris’s voice “Moooooaw work…. Mooooaw production!” Pack those boxes man!!!

    • zephyrsunrise

      MOOOOOORRRREE WOOOORRKKKK! ha ha.