Recently our parents went on vacation . . . WITHOUT US!! Why do they do that??? Don't we make their life worth living? Don't we deserve to have a vacation from the every day humdrum too? The big, easy answer to those questions is a resounding YES, but our parents still aren't budging on this. Hmpf!
This year they (meaning Mommy) chose for them to go to New Orleans, Louisiana. They (meaning Mommy) have wanted to go for a while. They ate their way through the city enjoying all the Southern comfort foods they could get their mouths on. Most of these foods they've eaten before since they both grew up in the South, but they (meaning Mommy) hadn't eaten them in NOLA!
Eating beignets at Cafe du Monde . . . Mommy was a bit disappointed. She said they tasted like funnel cakes from a fair. She was expecting something MORE!
Shrimp Po Boy . . . one of two eaten that week! Yummy!
A man from England was on one of their tours and asked the tour guide if he could suggest any place to eat that didn't serve fried food . . . Mommy told the man he'd come to the wrong place!
Turtle soup! You can't tell it from this picture, but Mommy said it was great and ate her entire bowl!
Fried gator . . . tastes like chicken, but they already knew that!
Chargrilled oysters . . . the only way to eat them in Daddy's opinion! And a hurricane for Mommy!
Fried green tomato BLT sandwich! Mommy LOVES fried green tomatoes!!!
Pirogue sandwhich full of breakfast sausage for Daddy . . .
he said this pirogue boat was big enough to row away in!
And a combo platter of red beans and rice, etouffee, and jambalaya to make sure all major food groups of rice, rice, and rice were covered! Mommy also had gumbo one day.
Much to Daddy's disappointment, they did NOT get to eat here!
While in New Orleans, Mommy and Daddy took a tour of the beautiful homes in the Garden District. Daddy graciously agreed to accompany Mommy on this walking tour. When it was over two hours later, he said he thought they'd walked enough for the day. Mommy glanced at her fitbit and told him they hadn't even walked as much as she normally does with us on a daily basis! Here are a few of Mommy's favorites.
The Garden District tour also included a tour of the oldest cemetery in New Orleans, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. It's quite fascinating to learn all about how the residents must be buried in crypts since most of the city is below sea level. Nothing would ruin a good Southern tea party more than to have a few dead bodies come floating by in the rain!
Another Mommy approved idea was a tour of two plantations and a swamp tour to see alligators. They visited Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation. The Oak Alley Plantation included another southern special, mint juleps!
The swamp tour wasn't that exciting for Daddy since he'd seen gators in the wild, but Mommy hadn't. She enjoyed seeing the swamp with all of its Spanish moss hanging from the trees and the alligators swimming by.
One of the highlights of the tour was holding Bruce, the nearly two year old alligator. Before you object to Bruce's captivity, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries approves of this tour company raising a few baby alligators because the alligators have about an 80 percent greater chance of survival than if they started life in the wild. When the alligators reach the age of two, they are slowly re-introduced back into the wild.
Because Daddy was so accommodating to Mommy's wishes for the week, she gladly spent a day fishing with him. Well, they attempted to fish. They have now learned that salt water fly fishing is MUCH more difficult than fresh water fly fishing! It was still a good day and Mommy enjoyed seeing the wildlife (including the dolphin below!), but you can rest assured no fish were harmed that day because no fish were caught!
We hope you enjoyed seeing a few highlights of our parents' trip to The Big Easy . . . personally, we didn't! Why? Because we wanted to go with them!
Maybe next time,
Dixie, Jenna, & Ruger