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I complain about Alabama. It is a place I enjoy being from. There are things I like about Alabama: the many beautiful lakes, the lovely country side, white sandy beaches, quaint little towns, and it’s affordable for the most part. I could list others items. But the one I really like today is that I can order my vehicle registration online and have it mailed to where I am. That is really convenient for a mobile lifestyle. Not all Alabama counties provide this service, but some do.

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I like Bock beer. Years ago I looked forward to PBR Bock when it came out once a year. I have not had a good Bock beer in several years. This is a “new to me” good one. #mylife #nola #beer #bockbeer #bock_beer #new_orleans #neworleans #abita #abita_brewing #nola_project #iphone7_plus

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Things that make me go hmmm

I was talking with a local woman at Bayou Sauvage and she told me it was a dangerous place to come alone. She was there with another person and two large bull dogs. She asked me where else I liked to visit and immediately told me it wasn’t the safest place to walk and that I should probably go somewhere else.

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Zoo Adventures

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We went to the Audubon Zoo.

And they all asked for you

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All photos were taken by me using an iPhone 6 and the Hipstamatic app.

The Rest of the Fish Story

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Pictures from our trip to the Audubon Aquarium part three.


Tasty little things.


Peek-a-boo


aaaarrrrrggggghhhh!  Don’t eat me.


A beautiful and deadly fish.


I see you!


Waiting on the rain to stop.

Back Story

Christy, Jesse, and I took the Amtrak Crescent from the train depot in Anniston AL to New Orleans for a week of adventure and photography. This train station is a classical revival depot and is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. Jesse loves to ride the train. Heck, we all love to ride the train. We left August 8, 2013 and returned August 14th. Unfortunately Jeremy couldn’t go this time. He had to work.

Christy’s father was kind enough to drive us to the train station and pick us up so we wouldn’t have to leave a vehicle parked there for a week.

We stayed at our usual place, the historic 905 Royal Hotel in the French Quarter. The 905 Royal was built in the late 1890’s.

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Gators

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A swamp tour wouldn’t be complete without seeing an alligator or two.




Our tour guide had one on board.  He spend a lot of time telling us about this alligator and how to handle it.  Then he passed it around the boat.  If you wanted to hold it, you could.  I did.  🙂


The alligator pass.

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Christy, Jesse, and I took the Amtrak Crescent from the train depot in Anniston AL to New Orleans for a week of adventure and photography. This train station is a classical revival depot and is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. Jesse loves to ride the train. Heck, we all love to ride the train. We left August 8, 2013 and returned August 14th. Unfortunately Jeremy couldn’t go this time. He had to work.
Christy’s father was kind enough to drive us to the train station and pick us up so we wouldn’t have to leave a vehicle parked there for a week.
We stayed at our usual place, the historic 905 Royal Hotel in the French Quarter. The 905 Royal was built in the late 1890’s.

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Swamp Tour

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I finally managed to go on a swamp tour.  I’ve been trying to for several years.  We chose Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours for this excursion.  We made a good choice and I’d use their service again.


It was a beautiful location.






We were riding in a boat just like this one.




This is our captain and tour guide.  He was local to the area and was knowledgeable, informative, friendly, and humorous.  He obviously loved the swamps and the plants and animals that live there.


Chips are good too.

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Christy, Jesse, and I took the Amtrak Crescent from the train depot in Anniston AL to New Orleans for a week of adventure and photography. This train station is a classical revival depot and is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. Jesse loves to ride the train. Heck, we all love to ride the train. We left August 8, 2013 and returned August 14th. Unfortunately Jeremy couldn’t go this time. He had to work.
Christy’s father was kind enough to drive us to the train station and pick us up so we wouldn’t have to leave a vehicle parked there for a week.
We stayed at our usual place, the historic 905 Royal Hotel in the French Quarter. The 905 Royal was built in the late 1890’s.

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Insectarium

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Here are a few pictures from our visit to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

We are at the intersection of La rue des Insects and Lovers’ Lane.

I love the rare blue crawfish.  They are so pretty.

Jesse loved the water and the fish.  The Koi were hoping he had some food.  I was hoping he didn’t fall in the pool.  He didn’t.

His favorite at the Insectarium is the Love Bugs.  The windshield has a projection of a road and landscape.  He loved driving through it.  He remembered it from our last trip.  This time he played and played there.  When other children came along he got out and let them have a turn.  No prompting.   We weren’t in a hurry and eventually he had enough and we wandered/wondered to the next thing.

Oddly, a New Orleans butterfly garden is not complete without some alligators.

Talk about excellent marketing.  You can’t exit these places without passing through the gift shop.  rofl


Christy and Jesse shopping for souvenirs.

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Christy, Jesse, and I took the Amtrak Crescent from the train depot in Anniston AL to New Orleans for a week of adventure and photography.  This train station is a classical revival depot and is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. Jesse loves to ride the train.  Heck, we all love to ride the train. We left August 8, 2013 and returned August 14th. Unfortunately Jeremy couldn’t go this time. He had to work.
Christy’s father was kind enough to drive us to the train station and pick us up so we wouldn’t have to leave a vehicle parked there for a week.
We stayed at our usual place, the historic 905 Royal Hotel in the French Quarter. The 905 Royal was built in the late 1890’s.

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