Monday, December 25, 2017

New Orleans

I have been lax in getting the blog updated so I hope I haven't forgotten everything we saw in New Orleans.

We stayed at a basic campground with full hookups.  The campground wasn't in the best area but was clean and gated.  Would not stay there again only because of the train switching station right behind the campground, very noisy day and night.

One of the first areas we visited was an above ground cemetery very old.  First time I have ever seen an above the ground cemetery.

Of course no visit to New Orleans would be complete without a visit to the French Quarter.  I suppose it would have been more interesting to go at night but we are not night people so we did a day trip.  Lots of vendors selling their pictures and other things.  We did see a gentleman walking around with a snake around his neck but neither one of us wanted to get close enough to take a picture. Very interesting. 

One of the things we like to do when in old historic cities to check out the architecture of the buildings in the old sections of town.  New Orleans has a lot of history and we didn't even touch the surface.  The city seems to be restoring a lot of the historic houses in some areas. 

We also took a day trip out to tour one of the plantations in the area.  This one is still being lived in by the owner. Houmas House.

 The furniture was amazing, very well crafted.

 Solid brass sculpture of Lincoln
The is a picture an of the official wedding of the original dogs on the planation.  There is still descendants of this couple occupying the planation.

One of the last things we did was to go to the WWII museum.  Very well done and anyone interested in WWII history should take the time to see it.

Next stop will be Galveston for a week and than on to San Antonio.  We did run into a little snow on the way to Galveston.

I guess our attempt to stay out of this kind of weather didn't work this time.  we ended up safety in Galveston and camped on the beach for a week.....No snow.....

Until next time.

Here is a link to more pictures.  Still Livin the Dream.

New Orleans to Galveston


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Gulf Shores Alabama

We landed in the Gulf Shores State Park on Nov 1st for a month stay.  Great state park campground and a destination for a lot of snowbirds. Large for a state park, almost 500 campsites.  Great campsites with asphalt site with a patio and great spaces between sites. Lots of biking and hiking trails and even a boardwalk across the street to the beach.  Definitely will try to get back there again.  November is their quiet time between summer camping season and winter snowbirds.  I don't think I would like the weather to much in the summer time, to humid.

Lots are relaxing and checking out the area, beautiful area lots of shoreline, most of the shoreline is populated with hotels, condos and apartments.  beaches are white sands and nice.

The Golf Shores pier and one of the longest in the gulf and is a favorite for fishing.  Don't remember the exact name of the fish....tiger....something.


It is also a great place to get some sunset photos.

Gulf Shores is also home to a lot of various species of birds.  Here are a few of them.

One day we took a short boat ride to see some dolphins, we got to see a few of them, but unfortunately didn't get any pictures as they move faster then I do......  but we did get to see a driftwood Christmas tree...

This was the home of Farrah Faucet for the last three years she was alive.

This home was the most expensive in the Shores but I don't remember how much.....more than I can count.

Really big yacht in garage.

One day we took a drive into the Florida side of the gulf, Pensacola.  Drove by the Naval base that the Blue Angels call home.

We didn't go on base but we did see the Angels flying over the campground once in awhile.
The coast line is about the same as Alabama.

Another day we took a drive into Mobile to visit the USS Alabama battleship and park.  We didn't go on board but enjoyed checking out the park.

On the way home we stopped and checked out Fort Morgan. Fort Morgan History

We really enjoyed our stay in the area.  I think my only disappointment was the lack of fresh seafood.  I expected to find it all over....but was not the case.  I guess it is cheaper for food places to order it bad.....

We are now in New Orleans slowly heading west to Quartzsite and Tucson.

Here are more random pictures of our visit to Gulf Shores.
Hope you enjoy.  Still Livin the Dream..............

Gulf Shores