TOUR AMERICA 2019: LOUISIANA, THE PELICAN STATE

Home is Where We Park It:  Ponchartrain Landing RV Park and Marina, New Orleans

Date:  May 25, 2019

Temperature:  91 degrees

Wind:  Southeast 5 to 10 mph

Settling In and Getting to Know Our New Home

Sightseeing Plans

We awoke this morning to another beautiful day.  Oh but it is hot.  The temperature by 8 am is in the mid 80’s and by noon we are at 90 to 92 degrees.  This is the hottest weather we have encountered so far.  Unfortunately, we have no shade trees this time around.  The A/C so far has been able to keep the inside temperature in check and we are quite comfortable.  Reflex in the windshield also helps to keep the early morning sun out and keep things a bit cooler.

Regarding our new home for the next seven days.   First of all, this is the most expensive site so far this year, and probably will be for the entire year.  As they say, thought, forget checking prices in this area, everything from chewing gum to RV sites is terribly expensive.  If you start worrying about prices you’ll gag!

This is both an RV park and a Marina.  Take a look.  Boats of all sizes from a simple sail boat to an ocean going trawler.

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They have an onsite restaurant that everyone we meet states is first class.  We’ll find out soon enough.  On the weekends they also have live musical entertainment.  Tonight there was a Reggae Band which I spent some time listening to.

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They have their own pool and waterfall.

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They have a security detail on duty 24/7 that patrols the park all night long.  I can’t see why, I’ve never felt safer in a park than here.

They also show a movie every morning at 9 am about Hurricane Katrina.  I found it to be a highly informative film.

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In the film they detailed the changes caused by man that resulted in much of the destruction.  That being that since 1930 a portion of the wetlands around New Orleans the size of the state of Delaware that used to serve as a buffer for the city had been lost.  The construction of levees and the creation of channels that let salt water into the wet lands were the two primary reasons for its death.

Perhaps you remember that when Hurricane Katrina came ashore it was 200 miles wide.

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The resulting destruction was wide spread and devastating.

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Today, through the concerned efforts of many the wet lands are being restored.  Will it be enough and in time?  No one knows right now.

OK, those are some of the things that are at our new home.  By far, thought, the biggest plus for us and the real reason we came here is that they have a daily shuttle that runs into New Orleans.  In addition, you can book all your sightseeing trips right at the front office,  No worry about driving to and in New Orleans nor trying to find parking.  Works for me.

Now for a few more pictures of our new home.  This is an overall picture of the section we are in.  I absolutely love the trees they have planted.  Sorry, I don’t know what type they are maybe I’ll remember to ask tomorrow.

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This is our street.

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It’s clean, it’s neat, and it’s home for the time being.  We like it.

We’ve already made some sight seeing plans.  Tomorrow we’ll take the shuttle into the city and take the hop on and hop off tour.  We’ll either visit the WW II museum which everyone has told us is a must.  Or, we’ll spend some time walking the French Quarter.

Monday we plan on taking a lunch cruise on a paddle wheeler.  We wanted to take the brunch cruise tomorrow but by 9 am this morning it was sold out.  So Monday it will be.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are still up in the air.  We’ll definitely spend some time walking around the French Quarter one of these days.  We’ll also visit the Lighthouse Bar one day for a late lunch or early supper.

Hope you can come with us throughout this week.  It promises to be a lot of fun.

Our day on The Road of Retirement has now come to a close.  Today has been by plan an easy day.  We did avert a minor tragedy today.  In the bathroom the bottle of cleaner I use for the toilet fell over on the foot pedal of the toilet.  I bet you can guess what happened.  It pressed it down just enough to let water continue to run in.  But not enough to open the valve so it could drain.  Thankfully, I have to go quite often.  I opened the lid and we were no more than a quarter of an inch from overflowing!  This could have been interesting.  Time to get some sleep.

Thanks again for joining us today.  We always enjoy your company.  Till tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s occupants, four paws and two humans.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road

 

 

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