On the road again Thursday March 5.
Wow, what a change in weather. At midnight the temperature was 71. I awoke at 2:30 am. It was 75 degrees. At 7:30 it was 41 degrees and dropping. But I know I dare not complain. Back in Phil's hometown of Merrill, WI it is minus 21 degrees.
We start in the Antioch Church.
Inside the Church are statues of many children. Thru the WPA in the 1930's many former slaves told their life experiences. Theses statues depict their ages at the end of the Civil War.
Wall of Honor lists the slaves who were on this Plantation before 1840.
Names of 107,000 who were slaves in Louisiana before 1820
It was cold and blustery. I'm bundled up in coat, hat and gloves. The tour guide said it is good to do tours on a cold day like this. We have to realize the women slaves had one dress and the men capri pants. No shoes, no coat or gloves but still they had to work outside.
|Slave cabins and kettles for boiling sugar cane.|
The slaves took their water from the nearby stream. Could have worms, bugs, many impurities in it.
Oldest detached kitchen in Louisiana.
Straight walk to the Big House to serve the food.
Olive oil vessel buried partially in the floor was used to keep food cool.
What we would call the living room
It was very touching to read the memories of the former slaves. How harsh their working and living conditions were and the insecurities of measuring up to the Master's expectations.
We have been watching the weather and see how cold it is from here (SE LA) to home. We decided to stay 2 night at Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego.
Friday March 6 was a day of R and R. Phil worked on genealogy in the morning and I worked on the blog in the afternoon. I visited with new friends that we met at the Grand Isle State Park.
On the road again Saturday March 7.
Bridges, bridges, bridges. We have traveled numerous especially in Louisiana and Texas. The bridge to Grand Isle, LA was 8 miles but their is not the longest we traveled. The Atchafalaya Basin Bridge is 18 miles and we travel is twice.
We stayed at a Flying J Truck Center in Jackson, MS.
On the road again Sunday March 8
We stayed at Pilot Truck Center in Marion, IL.
On the road again Monday March 9 and after 83 days we made it back home.
We traveled 8533 miles. We explored parts of San Diego, enjoyed activities in conjunction with and attended the Rose Parade, Nixon and Reagan Presidential libraries, the Hearst Castle, Big Sur highway, 5 California Mission churches, 2 of CA's deserts, Joshua Tree National Park, celebrated Christmas with new friends at Jojoba Hills Escapee Park, Monterey Aquarium, and John Steinbeck Museum during our 31 days in California.
We experienced our first Quartzite gathering, visited family and friends in AZ and TX. We were awed by the McDonald Observatory, impressed by the presentation at Fort Davis, learned about the Biosphere, the seafood industry and camped often by bayous and on barrier islands.
We hiked up in the Chiricahua Mountains, walked 5 miles seeing the Historic homes in Lake Charles and visited some of the "Painted Churches" near San Antonio, TX.
We have fond memories of celebrating Mardi Gras in Gautier, MS with other Roadtrekkers and at Rainbow Plantation, AL.
I was so impressed by the Walter Anderson Museums, Ohr-O'Keefe Museum, the Sports Art Museum and the Whitney Plantation.
Our food highlight was the Low Country Boil at Pogo and Vicki's. What a great time hanging out in their backyard with 30 other Roadtrekkers. We ate plenty of gumbo, po' boys, great steak and cooked fresh shrimp.
It was a fabulous trip. The RV is unloaded. Now to dream of our next trip.....the Boston Marathon..to watch.