It felt like more of a layover spot for us then a destination. But we did manage to have some fun in our very first state beyond Texas!
We stayed in St. Bernard State Park, which was nice, albeit over half an hour to the city. We choose this park because it had a water playground for the kids. The rain prevented us from visiting more than once, but we had a lot of fun that one day! And I got in a run and some yoga!
We also went into the city one afternoon and toured the French Quarter via $48 carriage ride, that was totally worth it! There was no way we were going to make it around the Quarter on foot with 3 Littles in tow and the “driver” told us lots of neat facts and history about the city! My favorite fact: Why are the house fronts so skinny? Because for years, residents paid property taxes based on the length of their house frontage, so the houses were built very skinny and long.
Another day when it was pouring rain, I took the kids to The Children’s Museum and parallel parked our enormous truck into a street spot, Thank you very much! It appears I haven’t forgotten everything I learned while at college. We spent most of our time on the first floor, that I thought was pretty run down and a little dirty. But the kids were having a blast! Especially Jonah, who couldn’t ride in the play cars enough!
Finally, I was able to pull them upstairs to the second floor, and OMG! It was AWESOME up there! But alas, we could only stay for 40 mins cause my parking meter was going to run out! There was an eye doctor area, miniture french quarter houses to play in, a super market with cajin foods, and a massive toddler area! We would have stayed until they closed if we could have! If you are in the area, definitely do the Children’s Museum and GO TO THE SECOND FLOOR EARLY!
On our drive into New Orleans, our check engine light came on in the truck. These are the kind of things you have nightmares about when on a cross country trip in your sole vechical, that is your only means of pulling your HOME! Shit!
So we had to deal with that. We were really hoping Old Sadie just needed her oil changed, since it was about that time. But we also went ahead and gave her a coolant flush too. We’ve been good ever since, with no check engine lights coming on! Fingers crossed!
We made an afternoon of getting her worked on. And after driving through the tornado and flood warning weather to get to the dealership in rush hour traffic, on roads we were unfamiliar with, we waited in their plush waiting area and tried to keep Jonah from rubbing his cheeto hands on anything that could not be wiped off. Less than 2 hours and we were all set to go, and the kids were really pretty awesome during.
I got a recommendation from one of the workers there for a great place to get boiled crawfish, just 6 miles away, Sal’s Seafood. It was GOOD! Really GOOD! And I’m a coonass, so I know GOOD crawfish! And it was a great way to end our short stay in the New Orleans area!
All in all, it was a good stay, and the first time on this trip that we were really on our own, not staying with or near anyone we knew. It was good to get adjusted to it just being US sometimes on the road, for the kids and the parents.
FUN FACT: On the last day we were there, I talked to the Park Host, who’s beard was way bigger than Joe’s, and he told me, not only were there wild hogs that lived in the park, but there were a couple of alligators that hung out in the lagoon/swamp 4 feet behind the playground. What the What!? Shouldn’t this be in a pamphlet you hand to people when they come into the park!? Like right off! Good thing there kids didn’t spend too much time playing on the playground due to the rain!
Me and Lou kept watching for snakes too, but never saw any. Thank Goodness! What we did see were, possums, loads of rabbits, armadillos, lizards, hoards of dragonfiles (and just after a gave a lesson on them, ain’t life weird like that sometimes), and Joe did see a baby hog just outside the park as we drove onto the freeway!
Glad we visited. Glad to leave.