When Brittney told me she and my Mother wanted to come visit us for Thanksgiving I was beyond excited. We hadn’t seen them in two months. I know that a lot more time will go between visits while we cruise, but we’re just getting started… we’ve gotta break in slowly!
|Houma City Dock|
I had worried that my Mom wouldn’t be comfortable with the rocking of the boat with every passing barge, but if she was bothered, she didn’t say so. The only ones uncomfortable were the cats and Brittney’s dog, Leila. There was a lot of glaring and puffing going on... The cats retired to the bedroom and scarcely came out. Some of that could have been from the COLD temperatures we were experiencing, but their faces told me it was the DOG!
Oak Alley… (must remember to thank that guy) so we took off on another road trip! Vacherie, LA. was about an hour away and we were soon driving down the oak lined road to the plantation.
We had a great guide and Brittney soaked up every detail as is evidenced by her near verbatim recital in photo caption form. She was paying attention! No wonder she has done so well in college…
|Mmmm... Gator Bites!|
Brittney hasn’t been so we had some things we wanted to do with her, Beignets and gator bites being two on our list… Can you tell we’re HUNGRY!? It was late in the day when we arrived and the line at Cafe du Monde was unbelievable, so we shifted that to tomorrow’s list and went for the gator bites. We found a place we hadn’t been to before, Ralph & Kacoos, and had an absolutely out-of-this-world delicious meal. I guess if you’re going to make it as a restaurant in NOLA… you’ve GOT to be good!
With full tummies and nodding heads, we called it quits and headed back to the boat with intentions of returning early the next morning to revisit the Cafe du Monde.
|Beignets and coffee photo by Brittney|
Central Grocery. I don’t know what it is about that stuff but I love it! Brittney did some shopping on the way back to the car and bought some gifts, then we were on our way to find a cemetery!
|Awaiting the death of Nicolas Cage|
We left the French Quarter still unfinished, maybe we’ll return there again some day. We had some more mundane things to get done before we let our wheels, er um company get away. We went back to the boat and had a late lunch, then finished our day with a super exciting trip to the grocery store and another round of laundry at the laundromat. I think it’s been a while since Brittney has been to one… she was appalled by the child labor propaganda posted on the wall there…
We turned our attention to getting under way. No time to miss them, we have the locks and the Mississippi River in our near future. Plenty of stuff to be thinking about, no time to be sad. We made some nice new memories this weekend. I was glad to see my family and have our first visitors as Cruisers! Lots of stuff to be thankful for here… Aside from the usual, Country, Family, Health, etc. We are thankful to be living this incredible life and for all of the factors that led us to this place, this time, and this day. We are thankful for each and every individual one.