Charlie and Lanie's Rally to Cali

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Billy the Tour Guide

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New Orleans. The big easy. Nawlin’s. Who dat.

What a town.

The city is almost like any other city with things like skyscrapers and take a walk down Canal street and you almost feel like youre in Times Square. There are bums on the corner and starbucks around every bend.

Now Bourbon Street.. that’s a different story. You turn onto the road and you finally see where everyone is. At about 6pm, they close the street off to cars and the bars open up. Tourists line the street which has beads hanging from just about everything they can hang from including telephone polls, street signs and trees. Bouncers try to entince the passerbys with signs for things like 3 for 1 drinks, big ass beers, hurricanes and hand grenades. Or they simply just point to you and say come on. Haha not the most imaginative but I’m sure if you were drunk enough you might just listen. Be careful bc some of these bright neon lights decieve you into thinking it is a bar when it is just a guy with a keg and a cash register. Most definitely a spectical. We even had a beer at the oldest bar in America which dated back to 1772. The whole bar was lit by candlelight.

oldest Bar

The French Quarter was beautiful. We ate beignets and drank coffee at Cafe Evansdale. Ha j/k.. Cafe Du Monde. We ate muffelats, po-boys, gumbo, jumbelya, gator, crawfish and a whole lot of shrimp. The food highlight of New Orleans was an Alligator and Crawfish Cheesecake. Now this is not something you’re gonna see at The Cheescake Factory… This was no dessert. More like a quiche but a lot better. That night we saw an impromptu jazz concert. You knew watching it that you were witnessing some great talent. The best part was the funny Asian kid playing the cowbell with the group that we are convinced was not really invited but came anyway.

There are street cars that run in the middle of the crowded road. The bums are all holding beers bc there are no open container laws. And the entire city is surrounded by Lake Ponchatraine and the Mississippi river. Which we got to see for the first time. We traveled outside of downtown on the Street Car and saw the garden district which was filled with huge southern antebellum homes and saw amazing campuses at Tulane and Loyola New Orleans which totally makes WVU look like Camden.

Mississippi River

Today we left New Orleans and headed down south to an Airboat Adventure. A tour 30 minutes outside of the city of the the bayous. The main attraction? Alligators. 7 FOOT GATORS PEOPLE! Now we had just ate some of these creatures the night before in that cheesecake I was telling you about. I sense some karma coming to bite us in the ass. Literally. Billy was our tour guide who totally blew us away with the history of the wetlands. The landscape had influences from the Spanish, French, and Native Americans. They planted trees to mark territories and used everything for medisional purposes. Beautiful Spanish moss hung from the trees which gave everything a picturesque feel. Note about Spanish Moss: The Spanish came with beards which looked like the Spanish moss. The native Americans, who never had facial hair, confused the beards and the moss and when the Spanish were cutting down the Cypress trees the Native Americans thought the trees were cutting down themselves. That Billy knew everything..

Back to the gators… Billy also was skilled at calling them. They answered to his voice and gladly ate the marshmellows he threw and even liked when Billy would lift them out of the water by their neck, smacked them in the head and grab their tails…. Yeah the 600 pound gator was quite the trooper. It was one of the best experiences in Louisiana. The boat that we were on was the same one Billy said he used to ride down Canal street to pick up the survivors from hurricane Katrina. On our tour we were riding on an average depth of 2 feet of water. New Orleans was under 26 feet of water after the storm came through. We got an explaination of just how important the wetlands are. Hurricanes in the 60s and the 70s were just as strong as Katrina but with the wetlands disappearing with erosion and the Nutria (big 65 pound rats that burrow into the ground and eat the roots of the vegetation in the wetlands) the impact is devistating.

Now we are driving west to Texas. 11 states down. Kisses everyone.


Written by rallytocali

October 1, 2010 at 12:48 am

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  1. Hi! Love reading about your travels…i kinda feel like a stalker tho, especially since you guys don’t really know me…but Tina knows me!! Anyway, its really great what your doing! 🙂 Can’t wait till the next stop!


    October 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm

  2. WOW! You really pegged New Orleans. I am glad you had a nice time though. I can’t wait to hear what your impression of Texas will be! Be safe, always. Jackie


    October 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm

  3. Hey Lanie and Charlie, you guys look like your having a great trip….nice pics.(have ya gotten on eachother’s nerves yet? lol) Luv your blog. You guys will have to put this on a disc to show your kids someday. Take care kids!


    October 5, 2010 at 11:21 pm

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