Jess picked me up at the airport in Roanoke, and we proceeded to go shopping for road snacks for our Trip #2. A road trip in one day, to Mandeville, Louisiana (just across lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans starting Thursday Morning).
Like New York there is a lot going on, lots of traffic shared with street cars. We parked close to the French Quarter and decided that parking and walking would be a good plan...we parked in front of the famous Harrah's Casino, the price was incredible to park!
Friends of Jess' college roommate Amanda (Nicknamed 'Pie') were having a baby shower for her in Mandeville, just up the road from her family's home in Mandeville. Pie's baby is due December 30, just 2 months before Jess. Hubby and I had gotten close with her and her family and tailgated with them a few times for Hokie games when the girls were in Undergrad. We all kind of lost touch with each other when the girls went to Grad and Vet school... Jess and I decided we were gonna get reacquainted with these wonderful people again during this trip of.... 800 miles, 13 hours and 6 states...one way.
We started out in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia just before sun-up...
Then through the corner of Georgia.....
...then finally Louisiana!! (Missed this pic because the sign is about 3 miles inside the border, and I wasn't ready!!! )
The evening thunderstorms over the lake (or the gulf) were catching the beautiful colors of the sunset when we arrived in Mandeville...
After a much needed restful nights sleep, we decided to get up first thing and see the sights in New Orleans before we were to meet with Pie and her family Friday evening. Again the desk clerk at the hotel was our 'guide' with a suggestion to go to the French Quarter. We did just that, and I took A LOT of pics, so I will just post a 'few'...
The first adventure was to cross Lake Pontchartrain, a 23 mile causeway/draw bridge. When you first get onto it, you cannot see any land on the other side, you keep watching and it slowly comes into view. What a city it is, it looks like New York City. I had no idea!
|They opened the draw for a sailboat as we went across.|
|New Orleans! Notice the Super Dome (White building on the right side)|
The rest of the day was spent at the aquarium....More next post!