We started off our Louisiana adventures with a short mountain bike ride at a park we were passing on our way to the city. It was a great way to get in some exercise for the day and introduction to the swamp land.
We were able to find a free camp area just 20 minutes from downtown New Orleans. We snagged a beautiful water front site. We also discovered a great mountain bike trail right in the park. It was a great trail that we rode several times.
New Orleans is a city full of culture and hoppin’ Jazz music. We enjoyed exploring the city much more than we thought we would. We even took the pups along! It was good for them to walk the busy streets of a bustling city again. While we had never seen Indy as busy as we saw New Orleans that day, it was fun watching them take in all the sights, sounds, and people again.
The street performers are just one of the many aspects of New Orleans that stood out to me. The French Quarter is full of musicians and dancers. You can’t help but be in a good mood walking the streets to the beat of young tap dancers and the soothing melody of a guitarist. We stopped for some Cajun inspired sandwiches at SoBoo. They had a dog friendly patio that Ella really enjoyed. We were told to try the Benquets. They did not disappoint. Cafe Benquet was truly magical. So delicious!
The dogs did so well walking around all day but we did not find a single patch of grass, rock, or mulch for a bathroom break. Ella could not hold it any longer and ended up peeing right in the middle of Bourbon Street as we were crossing. It was pretty hilarious and all of the people around us thought it was the most hilarious thing they had ever seen. I mean, it wasn’t that funny but I’m sure there has been worse things running down that street!
We saw alligators, snakes, and dragonflys. I was skeptical if we would enjoy being in the bayou after being surrounded by mountains and red rock the past few months. However, I was so surprised by how much we loved it. I was humbled by the beauty that can be found even so close to a huge city. The bayou is extrodonatly beautiful with its wild flowers, Spanish moss, and flourishing wildlife. I can’t wait to go back again some day!
It is official! We are back on the East Coast! There are still so many adventures in store as we continue our journey. Next we will be reconnecting with more of our family and I am beyond excited! We’re coming for ya Forrest, Walker, Leo, Sarah, and Ryan!
Lindsey, Gerrit, Oakley, and Ella