Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Orleans

We visited New Orleans earlier this year. After taking two tours, we realized there was a lot of things we had missed. With that in mind, we made the decision to revisit this wonderful city if we could. As we swung west from Florida we had made plans to spend another week or so in The Big Easy. Unfortunately, because of the government shutdown all of the Civil War sites were closed.

We stayed at Ponchartrain Landing RV Resort. If you stay in the Presidential Site you're provided with your own personal jacuzzi, cabana, BBQ grill, fridge and more. I used the spa at least once a day, sometimes two. Talk about getting spoiled.

Ponchartrain Landing RV Resort is on what they call the Industrial canal. It actually connects Lake Ponchartrain with the Mississippi River.

From our river front site, we could watch ships and barges as they moved up and down the canal delivering goods. 

Besides excellent fishing, the canal provides many recreational boating activities, such as this power boat, sailboats, jetskis and other personal watercraft.

We found it extra relaxing to sit and watch the ships sail past. Everyone was friendly and always passed with a wave and a hello.

Jasmine spent many hours on our front porch watching the fish jump out of the water. The canal is filled with Asian carp. These fish will literally jump out of the water at the slightest sound. There were hundreds of them all day long.

This "castle" was discovered along the Irish Bayou near New Orleans.  The origin of the Irish Bayou is unknown. This castle was originally built as a tourist attraction and was built to withstand 100mph winds. Unfortunately, it's owner passed away before it was completed. It now stands mostly neglected along the banks of the bayou.

This causeway bisects Lake Ponchartrain. 

Lake Ponchartrain encompasses 630 square miles with an average depth of 12-14 feet. It was created 2600-4000 years ago as the Mississippi River evolved.

The causeway was built to connect the northshore cities with the City of New Orleans. It is slightly over 23 miles long and as such is the longest continuous bridge across water in the world. Here you can see the New Orleans skyline from the bridge. It is a toll road ($3.00/car) southbound but northbound is free. Over 40,000 cars pass over this bridge daily.

Since we had spent the better part of the day visiting the northshore area, we headed back towards New Orleans around 4PM. This afforded us many Kodak moments as the sun began to set in the west. I hope you enjoy the next three pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. These are three of about 100 pictures I shot crossing this beautiful estuary.

As this picture suggests, the sun is setting on today. Tomorrow we visit Mardi Gras World.
 It promises to be an exciting event.

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