We left New Orleans this morning. We had a fun time waking up, stopped at a cemetery to look around, got coffee, then checked out the grocery store across the street from Starbucks. It was a nice store – Lakeview Grocery. They had a great deli. We bought food for the day and for the Steelers game. It just ended. They lost to the Broncos.
So Friday was weird, not good. We just ran around all day. The roads around New Orleans aren’t the best for a leisure drive. Saturday we went to Café du Monde again, early. Then picked up junior ranger badges for the Nat’l Historic Jazz Park. That was easy. We found a Battery World for a new mifi battery, but ours just needed a charge. We had lunch at a local place which was expensive. The cashier/order taker wasn’t friendly. Not a good combination.
Now we’re in Gulfport, MS for a couple nights. There is a sign outside this park office that says Welcome Jesus Support Our Troops. In the office window is a sign that says Don’t Believe the Liberal Media. When John came out of the office, he said, “Now we’re in the South.”
It’s bizarre how just 100 miles can make such a big difference. There was an obvious difference between the Tex-Mex El Paso region, then the barbecue and steak San Antonio and Austin areas, and the country seafood around Houston. The Louisiana state border is more than an imaginary line. I was happy to get out of Texas.
I kinda thought in Texas locals would give us the benefit of the doubt when noticing our Idaho plates. Like we’re part of the same group. A red state. Shouldn’t the other conservative states have a bit of respect for people from Idaho? Unlike the people from Vermont parked in front of us.
We have to figure out stops for the next few weeks.