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Heading to New Orleans

Sunday, February 18, 2007

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Another cold morning!!! We decide to bundle up and walk down to the office for our free continental breakfast. We grab a bunch of donuts, coffee and hot chocolate and head back to the warm, cozy rv.

We hook up the the rv and head over to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, advertised as the most visited museum in FL. It is large and has lots of exhibits on aircraft used by the Navy. We took the 90-minute narrated tour, lead by a volunteer, and he explained the history of Naval aviation as he took us through all the exhibits. At first, Joe wasn't as interested as I thought he'd be, and then I realized there were lots of Boy Scouts around his age there....not sure if he was missing his friends or felt peer pressure of being with his parents instead of the guys. But after the scouts went to a different area, he was very interested in everything.IMG_5429.jpgIMG_5434.jpg

We also opted to see a IMAX movie, Hurricane on the Bayou. Excellent movie....I highly recommend. The music is what makes it great. Apparently, the movie was started 3 months before Katrina, to help people realize the need to keep wetlands in Louisiana. It focuses on a 14-year-old child prodigy fiddle player and her mentor, who lives in the Bayou (so lots of good music). They show the bayou and the area where the mentor lives before Katrina and then after Katrina. The mentor's house and the girl's house were both destroyed by Katrina. The girl's grandparents were rescued from their flooded house 3 days after the storm and the girl was worried because they couldn't get ahold of her grandparents before they evacuated. Anyway, good story, good music and educational.

Then the long drive to New Orleans. We're wondering if we're going to find a campground, with Mardi Gras this week. We stop at the Mississippi Visitor Center and they wonder the same thing, but recommend an RV Park at the Hollywood Casino at Bay St Louis, about 40 miles east of NO. We give them a call and they have one --- yea! So we reserve it for 3 nights and head to Bay St Louis. When we arrive, the lady says it was good we called, they just had a rush of RVs pull in.

One interesting sidenote today: We pull in to get gas and the guy next to us says "nice rig. i tell my wife when i retire, i want a motorhome or 5th wheel and travel". He goes on to say that he hasn't been able to talk her into yet. I smile and leave for the ladies room. It occurs to me that several people have told us this when they find out what we're doing -- ALL MEN! I have yet to have a woman admire the rig and say she'd like to do this :-)

Posted by jengelman 06:03 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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