February 4-10, 2015.
This week we finally left Florida (we get why people winter there) and headed west. The temperature is significantly colder at nights, but still sunny during the daytime which we appreciate. We made it to our next key destination – New Orleans. In a mere few hours, we affirmed we like it here and we’ll be staying for Mardi Gras. The festivities have already started so we’re in the thick of it – parades, party attitudes, crawfish.
We stopped at Miramar beach just south of Destin, Florida before we left Florida for good. People were wearing parkas at the beach but the icing sugar sand was beautiful.
So we were innocently doing laundry the day after we arrived in New Orleans and a guy from the restaurant next to the laudromat noticed our license plate and came over to ask if we’ve ever eaten crawfish. He told us we haven’t had the real New Orleans experience until we did and they had a fresh batch coming in that afternoon. We took the opportunity! The Harbor Bar and Grill was full of locals and lots of people who wanted to chat. We made some new friends and made a mess of ourselves eating crawfish.
Here is our new buddy Jim showing us a live crawfish before going into the boiler (vegetarians look away)
And the finished product. The locals suggest eating these with a mayo-ketchup-tabasco sauce.
We took a walk through the French Quarter which was swarming with people. Many houses were decorated for Mardi Gras and there were already tons of people in costume.
Here we are in Jackson Square (Jackson already in his party beads)
We stopped into the market in the French Quarter and got some party hats
We met this darling Kandalyn during our crawfish experience at Harbor Bar and Grill and she hooked us up with free tickets to Mardi Gras World. Jackson also joined her and a bunch of her friends for a parade night (while Erin went to bed early – day in the sun). Mardi Gras World is a magical place where tons of artists are at work fashioning all of the artwork that goes on the magnificent Mardi Gras floats.
We sampled the traditional king cakes too which are somewhat like a cinnamon bun with the Mardi Gras colours in icing on top.
We did a walk about a couple of graveyards too which is really something to see. Because of the rain and flooding, people are buried above ground in raised graves or in mausoleums.
We’re staying for Mardi Gras and we’ve got lots planned – parades, a distillery tour, a gun range, a swamp tour and more.
4 US states this week (FL, AL, MS, LA), 19 in total during the trip
1203 kms this week (748 mi), 9984 total on the trip (6204 mi)
Spent $637.74 this week, $10685.14 total