Week 13 update

February 11-17, 2015.
This week has been a major high point of our trip. We here in New Orleans and feeling like a team again (Jackson & Erin). We fully embraced the sights and sounds (and tastes) leading up to Mardi Gras.

Highlights:
We did a whiskey tour of “Old New Orleans Whiskey Factory”. Our tour guide Jeff was funny and the whiskey was yummy- especially the gigeroo spicy ginger whiskey. We bought some to enjoy later.
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Michalopoulos, the artist, was the person who started the whiskey factory which is why they had so many different label and bottle designs over the years.
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On the whisky tour we met Anna from New York who we spent the afternoon with. First beignets (donuts) and chicory coffee from Café du Monde in the French quarter.
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Next we walked through the market and then had some charbroiled oysters.
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We headed to a parade that night by fluke on our way to meet up with Anna again to see some jazz on Bourbon Street.
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Then we did jazz.
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So Jackson was keen to shoot guns again… being in America and all. So we got a groupon and went to a range.
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We also headed just west of New Orleans to do a swamp tour in Laplace.
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People seemed very impressed by the raccoons who eat marshmallows. We’ve lived in Toronto with six camped out in our back yard for months…. different perspectives.
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And the best part
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Back in town we saw another parade -Endymion, one of the super krewes
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That’s right, this kid had a ladder and net to catch the goodies being thrown from the floats.

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On Sunday we went to the First Unitarian Church which offered a relaxed service.
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We joined a bunch of the regular congregation for lunch after the service at the High Hat restaurant (Max, Sheree, Kathy, Audrey, Jacob, Cathy).
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Monday we visited Hazel from Calgary who was visiting her mom. Hazel and Erin have known each other for a while through co-operative activities and conferences. Hazel is the Vice President of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada where Erin used to work before heading out on this trip. She’s a mover and a shaker. What a great visit!
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We had po-boys with her kids Alex and Gabby and her mom.
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Great family
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She brought out some traditional food for us to taste including shrimp gumbo.
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And red beans and rice
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So then Mardi Gras happened! Even though it poured, we took a walk through the French quarter on lundi gras.
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Then fat Tuesday came
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The city was bustling. We hung out with a couple from France for a while (they were on their honeymoon) so we got to practice French. Gotta say, because it was so cold, no college debauchery to be witnessed.

Stats:
1 US state this week (LA), 19 in total during the trip
234 kms this week (145 mi), 10218 total on the trip (6349 mi)
Spent $545.30 this week, $11230.44 total

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