Road Trip 2012 – Alabama & Louisiana

by Tanya on June 20, 2012

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We left off in the middle of our relaxing stay at Lake Eufaula. The kids and I took out both the one-man kayak, which the kids took turns in, and the canoe for a bit. Picked up a little trash we found in the lake while we were at it. We reheated leftover nachos for lunch, went on a scavenger hunt for our first letter box. That was so cool, totally can get into that:-) and we watched Teresa’s pups play in the water, Fiona even took a ride on the kayak. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time here, it was so nice getting to know Teresa better. This is Gavin’s 2nd grade teacher, whom we loved when he was in her class.

Needless to say it was a bittersweet goodbye and we hope to go see her again soon.

We got on the road an hour earlier than planned and still arrived in New Orleans later than expected. We took 431 south through Dothan to I-10, stopping in Pensacola for lunch. We made our way to Joe Patti’s, a seafood market I had heard many good things about. We pulled a number, got too much shrimp and had them steam it up for us. Addy wanted sushi so we got some of that to. You have to stop here sometime for just the experience alone, it’s said to be a Pensacola institution!

Onwards on I-10, through Mobile and a left towards NOLA. We arrived at 6p almost to the minute. We stayed in a hostel for two nights. I’ve never stayed in one before so I have nothing to compare it to, it was nice enough, what I expected really, bunk beds, shared restrooms only we were in a separate building, the one without the potty. This was difficult as I tend to have to pee overnight. We made it through.

We’re lucky to have a friend who lives in NO, but I must tell you our history. PFMan and I were in Italy in April of 2010. We stayed near Cinque Terra and frequented an inoteca named Inoteca de Eliseo. This is we’re we met Aviva and Craig, we hit it off smashingly. They were living in Okinawa, Japan then. We’ve kept in touch these past two years and they recently moved to NO end of last year. So here we are reunited. We went to Cochon Butcher the first evening, then Cafe’ du Monde, Jackson Square, The French Market, Bywaters Area for lunch at Satsuma and a Scavenger Hunt, with Stray Boots, in the Garden District (I got to see Anne Rice’s house, well it used be:-) only to top it off with dinner at Dick and Jenny’s, yes all in one day, whew! Thank you to Aviva for being an amazing tour guide, so wonderful to see them again and finally meet their daughter who my two, especially Addy, loved!

Well I’m tuckered and have so much more to say about today – we left NOLA this morning and are now in Breaux Bridge, but we did SOOOOOO much today and have a 8am swamp tour in the morning. Check back in a couple days for those adventures:-)!

For now more pics.

Next stop San Antonio, TX.


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aviva June 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

pretty sure we made the most out of the time we had together! I’m so glad we spent time together, Mia just loves your family and Craig can’t stop talking about the kids…particularly Gavin’s reaction to his parallel parking gimmick on the Focus :) Hope to see you all + PFMan soon too! Enjoy the ride – I know you are!


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