Encouraged by our modest success during the fall on 1991, we decided that fun could be had by driving the Interstates, camping and visiting interesting places. We had purchased an Aerostar van and I built some shelves to fit behind the rear bench seats and cabinet to sit behind the front passenger seats (the middle bench was removed for travel). We purchased some additional camping equipment, loaded up the truck and set off on the first of our road trips.

The purpose of this trip was manifold. Most of our later road trips surrounded a particular theme, but this trip was just to test the road trip water. We were going to go to Baton Rouge/New Orleans to spend some time visiting friends, try a scenic road route, visit a couple of National Parks, and visit Washington DC to see the many museums and famous monuments.

 We roared down the Interstate system to New Orleans and stay at a beautiful hotel in the French Quarter. The courtyard of the hotel is shown below. The trip down established our "get there" mode of travel. I drive about 10-12 hours per day, eat in restaurants and crash in hotels. The trip to New Orleans was accomplished in three days, Smith's Falls (ON) to Winchester (VA), Winchester to Gadsden (AB), Gadsden to New Orleans. I continue to use this method in all of my road trips.



While we stayed in New Orleans, on top of the fabulous night life in the Quarter, we toured some of the surrounding areas -- particularly some Antebellum home along the Mississippi. The two shots below are taken at Nottaway. One is a view of the river from the porch and the other is a view of the house (mansion!) itself. In its heyday, folk would arrive via riverboat to parties held at the home.



We also toured the Atchafalaya  swamp (where the Mississippi would flow if not for the Army Corps of Engineers), Vermillion Ville (Cajun country), Avery Island (for you Tobasco fans), and a little place in amongst the bayous near Houma which serves what I believe to be the best corn bread in the south -- the Log Cabin. The wooden alligators outside the Log Cabin captured my interest long enough for a photo.