Rolling into “The Big Easy”

And so begins our next big adventure. We have a job in Alaska this summer but we have to get there first. I spent weeks planning our route. Where to stop, what to see, how long to stay…all while keeping in mind we have to be in Moose Pass as close to May 1st as possible. If we had chosen to drive straight there from Daddy’s house, it would have been 4773 miles. Instead we decided to go west, then north, making the trip 6110 miles.

Our first big stop was The Big Easy, The Birthplace of Jazz, Crescent City, New Orleans, NOLA, N’Awlins, whatever you chose to call it, it is a happening place with so much to see! We only had time to stay 3 nights with our somewhat rigid timeline so we wanted to make the best of it. You could stay there a week and never get to take it all in. We used  Pontchartrain Landing as our base camp, only 15 minutes from the French Quarter. With our Passport America discount, it was only $41 a night.

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The first thing we did was drive by the house my dad grew up in. I hadn’t been there since I was about 5 years old and it didn’t look anything like I remembered, but lets face it, that was many years and several hurricanes ago! We wanted to check out some of the plantation homes gracing the banks of the Mississippi River, so we headed towards Vacherie. It was a little further than I thought, but it was a nice ride. Just before we got to Oak Alley Plantation, we caught sight of the Queen of the Mississippi

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We found a place to park and walked up to the bank to admire her. The Mississippi River is a busy river! All types of ships and barges travel it’s waters…

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After watching the river traffic for a while, we got back to the original reason we were there. Plantations! We weren’t going to have time to tour any of them, but we wanted to drive by and see as many as we could. Oak Alley gets its name from the 28 evenly spaced live oak trees lining the front walkway. These massive trees are thought to be about 300 years old, man, if trees could talk!

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My picture really doesn’t do the scenery justice! A bit further, we saw a single live oak in the field, with no one standing near it, it is hard to give a sense of scale, but it was a beautiful tree…

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Not all the plantations have been restored, some are in the works and others are in pretty poor condition. Sugar cane is still grown in the area and we passed lots of freshly planted fields…

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I had to ask Steve to turn around so I could get a picture of this oak lined driveway…

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A quick stop at another plantation…

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Then back to New Orleans and the French Quarter! Parking is very pricey in the French Quarter but I found a neat app called Spot Hero . With the app, I was able to find parking right on the edge of the French Quarter ($17 for 12 hours on a Saturday!) We hit the streets and tried to take it all in…

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There were all kinds of street performers. each vying for your attention (and cash)…

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Then, there’s the people watching! A never ending stream of people from all walks of life…

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At night, Bourbon Street really comes alive with music, neon and people…

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We stopped in at Ticklers and listened to the house band for a bit. I noticed the neon board and paid my dollar to change the phrase of the night…

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This should be quite a year to visit New Orleans as it is celebrating it’s 300th birthday…

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I never gave it much thought, but apparently getting married and parading down Bourbon Street is in!

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The morning we left, I climbed up on top of Waldo to get a shot of the park…

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We will probably go back to New Orleans when we can stay a little longer. There is still so much to see!

Have you ever been to the Big Easy? What was your favorite thing to see?

11 thoughts on “Rolling into “The Big Easy””

  1. … you are our role models — just bought a Reflection Travel Trailer and will be spending time in RI, and making trips in the area to get our feet wet in all this … so we can eventually meet up with you both someday!

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  2. What a great capture of the N’Awlin’s spirit. Beautiful photos, as always. It’s one of my most favorite cities because it encompasses soooooo much diversity, spice, and music. It’s a hard place to be bored, that’s for sure. The oak-lined drive shot is gorgeous. I need to add some plantation tours to our itinerary next time we are in NOLA, we’ve never done them (did in New Iberia, though, and saw The Myrtles). So happy our paths crossed while you are on your exciting journey! Can’t wait until we meet again.

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  3. New Orleans is a fun place different times of the year. I watched the Cardinals play back in the 70’s, when I was married. We walked Bourban Street and ate and saw the entertainers. I have not been back. So, I need to go again to see what has changed, and see the plantations

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  4. We’ve been to New Orleans twice now and your photos of the downtown area captured our experiences well. We absolutely loved walking around and taking it all in. What we didn’t do, and I really wish we had, was go check out the plantations. They are just gorgeous. We’ll certainly make that a priority next time. Glad you guys had such a great time there!

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  5. How fun to revisit New Orleans through your photos. We were there years ago, weeks after 9/11. I think somewhat subdued due to the horrific events but we enjoyed it very much. Will your route take you anywhere near us in Calgary?

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