Friday, March 07, 2014

Kansas to the Big Easy

I’m sitting in Bayou Segnette State Park  on the west  side of the Mississippi River as I write this.   We left yesterday afternoon at 3:00 pm. Maps said it should take 15 hours.  We ended up driving six hours last night boondocking at an easy access Walmart. 

We would have arrived here earlier, but ended up spending at least a half hour with a helpful docent at the Louisiana Lake Providence Information Center.   She knew her state.  We learned Lake Providence was an ox bow on the Mississippi 300 years ago.  That the Mississippi river valley in her area produces cotton, corn and milo.  The area looked extremely wet.  They usually plant corn in February and still have not been able to get in the fields.  We also got some tips on things to see in New Orleans and a little history of the Bylerly House.

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So, here we are in the Bayou—on what I think is the the south side of New Orleans.  So far so good getting around the city.  We are not big city people, but we (I) am determined to give this one a try.  Tomorrow, though, it’s three hours in a canoe in the Jean Lafitte National historical Preserve learning about  the plants and animals of the delta.

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