Greetings from Louisiana. We decided we would support the local industry and eat Sunday dinner out. We found a real small cafe with homemade cooking. They also have wireless internet service. Since there are 12 of us, we're seated at 3 different tables. There are only four tables in the whole joint, so we pretty well filled it up. The owners look happy that we're here. I've been transcribing my diary entries each night onto Devon's dad's laptop. Since he has it with him, I'm going to try and copy and paste my diary onto my travel blog while we're waiting for the waitress to bring out our food. I don't know if I'll be able to transfer the blog onto my FB, but I'll give it a try. When I talk to Pat next, I'll ask her if it made it onto my wall.
June 24 - Hello Diary. Spent my birthday in Portland, Seattle, Houston and New Orleans. Sounds like a big party. Ha ha We didn't have any problems with delays. Devon and his Dad arrived before us, and they picked up the RV. They picked us all up at the airport. This RV is huge. I feel like I'm on a TV Reality Show with a bunch of friends, and our task is to see how well we can all get along. We're camped out somewhere outside of New Orleans. It's not an RV site, so we don't have bathroom facilities or electricity. Thank goodness for flash lights. Tomorrow morning we'll drive down to Grand Isle. We will be in an RV park where
we will have the hook ups. Devon's dad bought a used laptop at a Goodwill store in Arizona and brought it along. He is going to let me use his word processor so I can transcribe my diary entries onto it each night. Then I'll be able to copy and paste them onto my blog once we get somewhere that has wireless internet. It has been a long, long day. Going to sleep now.
June 25 - Came expecting bad but seeing worse. Almost all of the sea food restaurants have "closed" signs on their doors. Today we were only able to observe the care of the pelicans. Tomorrow we will get to wash or feed them. All of the animals look traumatized. It's so heartbreaking. They're giving them Pepto-Bismol for upset stomachs. There is talk of a tropical storm coming in, so we may have to evacuate and head north. I hope not. I looked deep down into the ocean today. I saw things no one else could see.
June 26 - I helped feed the pelicans today. It is eerily quiet here. Perhaps the calm before the storm. The workers are frantically trying to figure out how to transport all the sea turtles and pelicans out of here should the storm hit. Yesterday I watched a sea turtle being cleaned up. It was hard to clean him because he kept retracting his head into his shell. Last night I dreamed that I looked up in the sky and saw a bright light. I saw the sky opening up and
a long stream of sea turtles, pelicans, sperm whales, dolphins and fish were all swimming into the light. Just as the sky began to close, I could see a lone turtle trying hard to get to the light. I could see he had crusted oil on the ridges of his neck. I kept yelling, "hurry, hurry." He made it in just before the light disappeared and the sky closed up. My dream woke me up. I looked at my watch, and it was 3 a.m. This morning I asked Florence, one of the workers who washed the turtle, how he was doing. She pointed out back. Our turtle was in a crate awaiting disposal. He was dead. As I looked closer, I could see crusted oil on the ridges of his neck. I know exactly what time he died.
June 27 - No pelicans brought in to clean up. We helped prepare the recently rehabilitated pelicans for their journey to Florida's Atlantic coast. They will be taken there tomorrow. Since there weren't any calls to the hot line, my mom spent her shift collecting Cajun recipes from some of the locals. I heard the US lost to Ghana yesterday. If we had to lose, I'm glad it was to them. My roots are connected to that continent, as is part of my soul. Also heard Germany whooped England's ass today. Hope no German fans said "nice game" to the English fans. Given the receiption Poppa Demetrius got with those words, I can only imagine what the Germans would have heard. I bought a monopoly game for 50 cents from a garage sale at a home we passed by, so we'll play tonight. It looks like all the pieces are there.