We just got back from our trip to Louisiana Saturday and I am sorry I didn't post yesterday but give a girl a day or two to recuperate from a 2 day drive ;). I have to say that Handsome did almost all of the driving. When we got back home I realized that unlike most trips where I take hundreds of pictures, on this trip I got very few and in fact they were all of some giant walking sticks so I will have to borrow from family. On the way to Louisiana we took I40 and took the northerly route so we could stop in Albuquerque so I could meet up with my best friend. We had a great time eating out at a tapas bar with Charlie. We stayed much longer than planned and didn't get to our stop for the night, Tucumcari, until 11:30 pm (which is actually 12:30 pm here) and we were exhausted! Here are some pictures from the first half of our trip. The northerly route was really nice although we did run into a lot of seemingly unnecessary road construction in New Mexico
Our second day of travel we stopped in Ft. Worth so that I could have some "real"food. I was so tired of burgers and other fast food. We stopped at Outback but I was so hungry I forgot to invite my cousins who live in the area ( I heard about that all week, lol). We got into Shreveport, at my cousin's house about 9:30 pm. My cousin and her family were out of town but my aunts were staying there and one of them let us in. We talked for a long time until I just had to go to sleep. Handsome was already in the room and told me to turn on the ceiling fan - it was on low (barely turning) and yet it was clicking like a metronome or fast clock - that kind of thing drives us CRAZY so we slept without the fan and without covers to help with the heat. My cousin came home Monday and the house got much cooler. Monday afternoon Handsome and I went to a local independent pizza place nearby (great pizzas!) called PieWorks (we almost drove by because we though it was pie not pizza). Afterwards we went to the Boardwalk, ate at an Irish pub and went to see the movie Brave in 3D. Of course I cried and Handsome laughed at me. Before the movie we also did a lot of driving around and happened upon this old cemetery. Parts of it were falling apart and even though we were in the middle of the city it felt like the world had stopped around us. The stones told such stories - of men in the war, families dying. One stone just said "Infant" meaning he/she probably dies at birth or soon after and another had a 17 year old who Handsome postulated had probably dies in childbirth.
Tuesday my parents got in (they were on one of their epic motorcycle road trips) and we all (parents, my aunts, and Handsome and I) went to Herby K's, home of the shrimp buster and the BEST crawfish etoufee anywhere!
Wednesday was the 4th and not only was much of the family there (my cousins, aunts, parents) but many of their friend and neighbors as well. Before it got started my Aunt took us out and took pictures of each family - here's a picture of Handsome and I
This second one was found by some of the kids and I caught a picture of it on my cousin-in-law's muscular arm.
Thursday all the cousins and kids, Handsome and I went to Herby K's for lunch - mmm more crawfish etouffee!
Then back to the house for a dip in the pool before Handsome and I went out for dinner at the Wine Country Bistro. We later met up with the family at the Boardwalk and then back to the house. We told some funny stories about the time I hit Handsome's truck with my car.. in the garage and the scorpion booby trap.
Friday Handsome and I made our way home. We stopped in Pecos where we had a nice meal at Alfredo's and the worst bar experience at the Alpine Lodge (which for some reason Handsome referred to in an Irish accent which was hilarious!). We got home on Saturday, I drove a small portion and started singing "She'll Be Coming Around The Mountain When She Comes" which prompted Handsome to start yelling no... I found that so funny I could barely breathe and so made sure to complete the first two verses!! So much more happened but I am wiped so I'll try and talk more next time - about Bremen eating money, Ringo hating us, the horrible Alpine Lodge and more. ttyl
She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain When She Comes
"She'll be comin' round the mountain when she comes,
She'll be comin' round the mountain when she comes,
She'll be comin' round the mountain,
She'll be comin' round the mountain,
She'll be comin' round the mountain when she comes.
She'll be driving six white horses when she comes..."