Day three in NOLA and I think the kids are starting to feel it. A long day of driving on Wednesday, a long day walking around the French Quarter yesterday, and then today we drove out of the city for the swamp tour. Factor in the late nights…I have tired kids
One thing about traveling down through here is the fact that we are constantly crossing water, going over bridges, and around water. Coming into the city the first night there was a sign that said “No Fuel for 26 miles”, I thought this odd until I realized that we went up onto a 26 mile bridge that was the “highway”. To get into New Orleans we had to cross the swamp. It was neat, but weird when you think of the “what if” scenarios. But, it’s very pretty.
This morning I woke up at 0600, bleh. I worked the five days prior to leaving this week and my body is set to “wake-up” at 5:30. I try to be quiet and do things without disturbing the others, but it doesn’t always work. The rest of the crew got up around 0900, and we headed out to grab breakfast before going on our swamp tour. We went to Biscuits & Buns on Banks. The food was great!! I had waffles with roasted brie and blueberry compote. KJ had french toast with carmelized bananas and bacon; Simeon had waffles and chicken; Peyton went with potatoes and cheese. All the food was tasty, the atmosphere was homey and they staff were all very friendly. It was a great way to kick start our day.
We drove out to Cajun Encounters for our swamp tour. We were pre-paid, picked up our wrist bands and life jackets for the minors, and headed out on the boat with our tour guide, Ryan. At first I was afraid that we would just be riding around on the water for an hour or so…but we ended up getting see alligators, pigs, raccoons, and snakes. Our boat ride was fast and the breeze felt great. Ryan, was very informative and was open to questions.
Given the state of tiredness of the crew, we just went back to the suite and vegged. Ate at a local burger joint and a food truck for dinner, and watched TV. It was a great day in NOLA for this group of excited but weary travelers.