Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gators, Gators, Gators! And a yummy dinner.

(August 22, 2011)

This morning we were up bright and early for a swamp tour. We had to be there by 9:15 at the latest.

We climbed on the boat and headed out to find some Alligators.

The area we were in is all privatly owned by Cajun Pride Swamp Tours. The tour was about 2 hours and was awesome. We saw Alligators, Heron, Frogs, Egrets and a little lizard running around on our boat.

We also heard about what Katrina did to the swamp, some history of the area including the graveyards on the property and alot about the alligators.

We were being watched.

Cutie Patooties...

They will climb on top of each other for food from the boat.

Our lizard friend hanging out on my purse.

After our Swamp Tour we went shopping. Random needed school clothes and I wnated to pick up a few things. We found Clearview Mall, which had a Target. Random was pretty happy with his finds, all in black of course. Actually, I think he got one blue pair of pants! He is branching out!

We were driving down the road and did a 'lets pull in there' for lunch. We ended up at a restaurant in a hotel, we can't remember the name of either. We all had awesome meals.

At the end of our lunch we were chatting with our server. She stayed in New Orleans during Katrina and told us about her experiences, both good and bad. She had some amazing stories. She told us about how she had 22 members of her family living in her 2 bedroom condo for months. And it didn't matter. They were fine to share beds, baths, food, space, everything. Because they were all alive. That was all that mattered. It didn't matter that some had lost everything. They were alive. She was also telling us that she will never, ever set foot in the Superdome again. It doesn't matter what is going on there, she will not go. Fortunately she didn't end up in the Superdome, but she knows people who did, and what happened there. She feels there are too many souls left there. It was an amazing conversation. She was truely an amazing woman, we had our first clue when we asked her how she was when we sat down and she said she was 'blessed'.

We headed out after lunch to get the rest of our shopping done. Random still needed more school clothes and I was still looking for waterproof bike boots. We went to the Harley Store, again nothing. They just don't carry the stuff I need down there. They don't use waterproof pants or boots I guess.

After lunch we stopped in at Best Buy since the TomTom had stopped working and Dad bought a new one. I figured since I was there, I might as well have a look at a new camera, mine had started acting weird and making unpleasant noises. So I bought one! It's a Samsung, 14.5 Megapixel with a WiFi feature.

Next, we stopped at Lakeside Shopping Centre, they have a Macy's, Dillard's and JC Penny. We learned really quickly that we don't want to shop at Dillard's. It's way too expensive. Stupid expensive. So off we headed to Macy's. Mom and I found some great clothes. I ended up with 3 pair of jeans, one was on clearance for $6.99, and the other 2 for $19.99. (I have since been told that they sell the same brand at the Bay, and you sure can't get them for $20!) I also found a bunch of shirts. Mom made out pretty well too. I also noticed that there was an Apple Store in the mall. So in we went, my iPod was acting up too. this hasn't been a good trip for electonics... We were getting tired of listening to the same group of songs over and over in the, I got a new iPod. It was a good shopping day for everyone!

We headed back to the hotel to get our new clothes ready for the wash, and then off we went for dinner.

Dinner turned out to be weird. We went to Mother's, which is a well known restaurant just a few blocks from out hotel. I took one look at the menu and gave Mom 'that look'. The only thing I could eat was a salad. So guess what I ordered... While everyone was waiting the manager came over and let me know that the salad cooler had just broke and they coudln't serve anything in it, so I was out of luck. Everyone else's meals were in progress... I was just going to grab something on the way back to the hotel, but then Mom had a moment of brilliance! She said 'Why don't you go back to Emeril's?' I grabbed my purse and ran out the door! Emeril's was just a few blocks away and I had wanted an excuse to go back there.

My meal was awesome. Again. Here it is...

I want this for dinner EVERY night!

I enjoyed every bite. This time I couldn't have dessert, there was no way. So I took a piece of Banana Cream Pie back to the hotel to share with Random. There was no sharing... I didn't even get one bite!

Once we were all stuffed and back at the hotel we decided to get our new laundry into the wash. It was the most frustrating laundry experience! We threw our stuff in the wash and when we came back later, one of the washers had got 'stuck' at the beginning of the cycle! And, it was the heavy load of jeans! So one load made it into the dryer and I had to sit there and hold the door 'just right' to get the wash to finish. Then it was dryer time! We came back an hour later and everything was dry, except for that darned jeans load. They were not even close. We divided that load again and it got another round. By the time we finally got our laundry done, it was really, really late and we were exhausted!

The only thing left to do was go to bed. I think we were all asleep before our heads hit our pillows.

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