Fortunately we have friends and family who call this wonderful area home. We visited them, and made some new ones. It is one of the reasons we now live this way. Oh the things you will see, and the people you will meet! Like Wade Norris who commented on AIROSMITH, "As campers, we want to be proud of our equipment, don't we?"
We stayed at the Fairview-Riverside State Park in Madisonville, Louisiana. The park is located on the North shore of Lake Pontchartrain, and sits alongside the Tchefuncte River. It wasn't new to us as we stayed here in December 2010. But the park has been updated since then. Speaking with the Park Manager, they put in a new entry station and new bathhouses. These were great upgrades to an already fantastic park.
Our campsite was under some very tall pine trees, with a few massive live oak trees covered in Spanish Moss thrown in.
There is a boardwalk through he swamp here, and the Otis House Museum. We didn't get a chance to tour the museum so it gives us a reason to return. As if there were not enough already!
|A "Brief" of Brown Pelicans on Lake Pontchartrain|
Dew Drop Jazz and Social Club
We followed that by dinner at a local wood fired oven pizza place. We are fortunate that Will and Martha are wine, and whisky aficionados. They also know their Jazz!
|Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall|
After dinner we were off to the Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall, a 122 year old social and music venue.
We sipped wine, sat on lawn chairs while listening to Tim Laughlin play his clarinet like no other.
The following night, a former work colleague and good friends hosted us for dinner. Any chance you have to taste Jerry's BBQ ribs, and Sarita's brownies with ice cream should not me missed.
Saint Louis No. 1 Cemetery
We have decided that taking a city tour is a great way to learn about a new city. We took several in New Orleans. A full city tour, a walking tour of Saint Louis No. 1 Cemetery tour, and a Free Walking Tour of the French Quarter. All were a great way to learn about one of the most unique cities in the USA.
The only way to visit the Saint Louis Cemeteries is by a commercial tour company.....or to be buried there. We chose the former.
The vaults were primarily used as a social statement and used by custom, with a secondary benefit that your remains wouldn't keep popping up during a flood. The vaults also provided for quick decomposition making it easier to make room for the next family member who has passed on.
Notable internees include Homer Plessy (Petitioner in Plessy v. Ferguson); Madame Marie Laveau, an alternative health care provider; and Bernard de Marigny, notable scoundrel.
|Bernard de Marigny|
Louis Armstrong Park
A short walk from the cemetery, is Louis Armstrong Park, and the original location of Congo Square. There are tributes here to many of the Jazz greats.
|Louis Armstong Park|
|Saint Louis Cathedral|
|Cafe Au Lait & Beignets|
|Jackson Square Music|
|St CharlesStreet Car|
|Saint Louis Cathedral from the Ferry|
At Preservation Hall, $15 will get you a ticket to the small venue where you can listen to some sweet sounds of history. For us, it was the Joint Chiefs of Jazz!
We did take a morning to paddle up the Tchefuncte River from the campground, looking for turtles sunning on logs, and following a Heron as it fished among the illy pads.