March, 2001

Beside Mardi Gras there is a lot to see and do in New Orleans.  We went on a walking tour of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park which includes the French Quarter.

Being in New Orleans during Mardi Gras was really fun, but we'd like to visit again under quieter circumstances and when it's not so crowded.  It's a truly unique city, like no other place we've been.  The locals were some of the friendliest people we've met, (which was amazing since their city was jam-packed full of tourists.)

Between the shores of the Mississippi River and the French Quarter is Jackson Square, named after the fellow on the horse, Andrew "Ol' Hickory" Jackson.

Andrew Jackson was the hero of the Battle of New Orleans which was fought during the War of 1812.  He was later elected as the seventh president of the United States.

The beautiful building behind the statue is the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica.

This is a beautiful square.  According to our AAA Travel Book, it's one of the finest architectural settings in the United States, (and we agree.)



We thought about going up the Mississippi River on this paddle wheeler steamboat named the Natchez, but we arrived a few minutes too late. We waited to watch it push off -- the wheel was churning against the current of the river, the tourists were all loaded on, the kitchen staff was busy.  We waited, we watched, we waited, and then .....  Everyone started to unload! 

It was too foggy and they canceled the tour.  The fog was predicted to get worse as the day went on.  So riding a riverboat on the Mississippi will remain on our "list of things to do."

We were scheduled to meet with a Japanese film producer in Texas in a few days so it was time to hit the road.  We were going to talk about a film crew traveling with us for two or three weeks as part of documentary on the American RV lifestyle.  So we headed west.  It was kind of exciting to finally be heading west again after eight months in the East.

Our next stop was Avery Island, Louisiana --  home of ..... guess what?

Maybe this bottle would last me a little more than a month.  Someone once said "I'll bet you even put Tabasco on cantaloupe."  So I tried it -- but it really wasn't very good.  However, a little Tabasco on popcorn isn't too bad.  (That was another suggestion that someone gave me.)
We arrived here on a Friday afternoon and found out that the processing plant did not operate on Fridays.  We could walk along the viewing windows of the bottling and packaging bays, but it was all very quiet.  Too bad, this was one factory tour that I was really looking forward to.

I was disappointed that there wasn't much in the way of a tasting room.  I was hoping for a cup full of Habanero Tabasco, or a spoon full of their Garlic Tabasco, or maybe a short glass of Jalepino Tabasco or even a mug full of their good old original recipe.

But all they offered was one of those tiny half ounce bottles of regular Tabasco.

A large blender was mixing a batch of Tabasco in the display room.  The plastic top had holes in it.  A wonderful aroma rose from the barrel.

O.K.  I was in England and I couldn't find much in the way of good salsa or Mexican food.  So what's the deal with a batch of Habanero Pepper Sauce being shipped over there?  The Mexican selection, if any, in large grocery stores was very small.   Would those chaps across the pond really savor and appreciate such a delicacy?
These are barrels of Tabasco sauce.  The sauce is placed into oak barrels and the lid is covered with two inches of salt.  The salt dissolves and forms a crystal seal over the Tabasco.  Over time it slowly dissolves into the Tabasco as well.

So, no good samples -- we're out of here!

Lafayette, Louisiana
Time for a good crawfish dinner and a little Zydeco music.

Do you think he can eat it all?  I liked their dinnerware -- a 9" x 13" pyrex baking dish.

This restaurant is famous for its Cajun and Creole cooking as well as it's live nightly regional music.  So what's Zydeco?  It's true old Southern bayou music that uses a combination of a small accordion, a fiddle, a washtub and a little howling for lyrics.
Mitch's crawfish order was definitely not on the child's menu.  There must have been sixty crawfish, six baked red potatoes and four half ears of corn on the cob.

Enough food for two or maybe three adults -- but just the right size for a growing 12 year old boy.

Here's one for all of you in the Seattle area.  You know of those latte' stands that you see on every corner?

Here's Louisiana's version.  How about a drive-through Daiquiri stand on every corner? 

The law requires that any container taken out be sealed.  So the lid on the large paper cup has two pieces of tape on it.  (The straw hole still works fine.) 

In the photo above you can see a lot of standing water on the ground.  Our weather alert radio kept buzzing as a "severe storm" came out of the Gulf of Mexico and headed straight for us.  I'll describe the rest of that morning on our next web page.
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