Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Epic Road Trip # 2 - Day 2

Epic Road Trip # 2 - Day 2
2/28/2014 - Gulfport, MS to Orange, TX

As is once again the case, since crossing the Florida border, my sinuses are in full swing...congestion, earache, dizziness...thank goodness I planned ahead and have packed a small pharmacy to combat these afflictions. Now all the medicine has to do is kick in...

Fisherman's Castle - this uniquely shaped home is located just out side of New Orleans, LA. On the water, it was a bit chilly when we were there. Purported to be built as a minor amusement attraction for the 1984 World's Fair...it was not completed in time ....

Welcome to the Big Easy! Our travels today saw us roll into New Orleans, LA just as the streets were being closed in the French Quarter for the parade to start the Mardi Gras Celebration. Our timing was spot on... While finding reasonable parking left us quite a walk, we were still able to enjoy some of the energy of the city and still get out of dodge before the real craziness began.

Marnie found an 18-hand mule!

New Orleans Jazz Memorial - the only memorial to represent a style vs a place or thing. 

Preservation Hall - still here after all these years....

Cafe Du Monde, a New Orleans must, is quite charming. Beignet, anyone? Even I tasted one. For a dessert it was quite good. I really liked the Cafe au Lait.

Marnie enjoying here beignet....

Beads ... And the party has started...

An interesting 'Mardi Gras tree'

Gotta get some history ....

Interesting...bad hair day?

Before leaving New Orleans, Marnie just had to have a Muffalato Sandwich....

Today while traveling we learned that Louisiana is the 3rd largest producer of rice. We also learned that the number 1 producer of rice is Arkansas. The other states that are big producers of rice are California, Mississipi, Missouri and Texas. In learning how to harvest rice we also found out about the difference between wet and dry harvesting of cranberries.

We left the Big Easy in search of more Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives quality food...however today, once again, we did not succeed. Dwyer's Cafe, in Lafayette, LA is only open from 6 am -2 pm ... Double bummer...maybe our luck will change tomorrow.

We found a suitable dining establishment at Fezzo's. The Ribeye & Pasta was delicious!

...And Marnie found a new friend!

We didn't cover very many miles today...only 300, but it was a fun-filled day with lots of touristy things and adventures seen and experienced.

We finally called it a day in Orange, TX at The Texas Best Inn.

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