On a More Personal Note


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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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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.

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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Adventure Ahead


It’s not long now.  NOLA bound in 13 days!
Train ticket…..done!
Reservation at 905 Royal…..done!
I’ll be gone a week.  Two days travel time and the rest playing and some impromptu street photography.  w00t! w00t!
I don’t have any firm things planned.  Here is the really short list of possibilities:

Dirty Linen Night on Royal Street
This will be easy to do.  The place I am staying is located right where this festival is being held.  I can just go outside and be at the festival.  lol Easy Peasy.

Swamp Tour 
There are several options for this tour.
Grayline Tours This tour begins within walking distance of the hotel.  That is a plus.  On the downside, this hour and a half tour isn’t going to get too far out into a swamp.  It may wind up being a tour of the drainage canals.
Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour This tour boat has a restroom on board.
Cajun Critters Swamp Tour
I have to make sure they can accommodate Jesse which means they probably need a restroom on the boat.  The tour boats are covered so I won’t be riding in the hot August sun.  The air boat tours I checked out didn’t take children under five.
COOLinary New Orleans is another happy coincidence.
Oh wait.  There are no coincidences.

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