Where do we begin?...Thanksgiving. We drove to Texas, San Antonio (River Walk really fun!!) for Thanksgiving and had a great time with my sister and brother in law. We spent a few days there and then flew to Philadelphia to meet Mitch and my brothers, wives, Mom, and nieces and nephews. It was a whirlwind trip and then flew back to Texas to pick-up Hop and drive back to San Diego. Left the motorhome in San Antonio.
We had to deal with a big leak in our home which we did. That took a bit of time to complete putting our home back together. While we were home we had family for the holidays. Nothing out of the normal. It was nice to be with family.
I was able to collaborate with our friend Cyndy Martin across the street to pull off a fundraiser for Scleraderma. That was amazing that we were able to do that by my leading a restorative type Yoga class with sound healing with my crystal bowls. We had a fair amount of people and so glad Scleraderma could benefit from the class. Cyndy is working very hard to raise awareness for this little known life threatening disease. Go Cyndy!
Xmas morning we drove Mitch to the airport with his childhood friend, Micaela. They left to go on a "Birthright trip" to Israel. He had a life changing trip! Gary and I and Hop drove back to Texas to start our adventure trip again.
Here we are. We left texas and made our way to Louisiana. We found a state park just outside Lafayette, to park ourselves for a few days. We loved it there and realize staying in State Parks are great and work really well for us. We usually are parked in a beautiful space with lots of trees and nature all around versus a traditional RV Park which is more like a parking lot with glorified parking spaces, except for some really nice RV resorts. Finding healthy meals in La. is a bit of a challenge, to say the least, but we usually could do it. Salads with shrimp and we cooked our own Catfish a few nights. Delicious easy and quick to cook. Catfish is only abut $4.475/lb freshly caught. Where we were there were no organic grocers. We did a big Whole Foods shopping in Houston before we got there so we had a lot of greens and fruit.
A funny thing happened with Gary. He was driving in Creole, La, the very deep South, our car with California license plate. A police officer was following him for several miles and pulled us over with flashing lights >> m. He said we were not speeding but he swerved a little over the yellow line so he stopped us. He was a sweet young guy who let us go, after running a thorough background check, and without giving us a ticket. Funny! Gary thought the officer had nothing better to do and was just in the mood to hassle out of towners, especially from far away California!
That day we spent the day on the Creole Nature Trail, "The All American Road" and La.'s "outback," with many large and beautiful wildlife refuges. Beautiful wetlands, marshes, hugely diverse with countless birds, including ducks,geese, egrets, and herons. A single wildlife refuge sanctuary can host more than 800,000 ducks and geese at one time. This Trail is considered one of the top 40 birding locations in the nation. Very cool. They are very adamant about plastic bottles, litter, and plastic of any kind since wildlife can lose their life from our human waste. We love how National Parks and Trails of any kind are committed to raising awareness about environmental hazards for all wildlie.
We found out about Whole Foods in Lafayette and Baton Rouge. Yay! At least we can find organic produce and local fish. Gas is $1.76 a gallon. Wow! Maybe someone will come up with the idea of an all electric RV, maybe a Tesla version? Any ideas?
A few days ago we went on a Swamp tour by boat. It was so gorgeous and peaceful! We saw many species of birds, mostly herons and egrets. It was so beautiful to see them soar with a huge wing span. Lots of alligators around, but didn't see any of them > to cold. They are all dormant, kinda like hibernating but not quite.
Yesterday we visiting a Plantation, Nottoway, a little south of Baton Rouge. Over 50,000 sq feet of buildings, including over 150 slaves just before the Civil War. Apparently, there were several hundred Plantations pre-Civil war but only a few dozen survived and even fewer have been refurbished and are open for touring. It was a beautiful plantation and we were relieved to hear that the owner was very kind to everyone who worked on the plantation.
Today we're heading into New Orleans....more in the next blog. Thanks for being a part of our journey.