Month: April 2023 (Page 1 of 2)

Dauphin Island, Alabama

We spent the past week relaxing on Dauphin Island in Alabama. This is a nice, quiet island get away. We are staying at the Pelican Nest RV & Campground. A small RV park across the street from the beach.

We have enjoyed walking on the beach on the nice days, and relaxing on the rainy days. We rented bikes 1 day and rode to the west end of the island. We also drove to the east end of the island and enjoyed the bird sanctuary at Shell Mound Park.

Sunday, we head to Florida for 4 final days of beach time before heading north.

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Camino Challange – Finished!

This week, Pam and Kelly finished our Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge. We finished it right on time in 84 days / 12 weeks. We completed 481 miles or an average of 5.72 miles per day.

We received 14 postcards along way and planted 10 trees. Our medals are in the mail – looking forward to seeing them when we get back to Wisconsin. We are still planning to walk the actual Camino later this fall.

We started our next challenge to keep the effort. The 280 Mile Grand Canyon Challenge where we are virtually rafting down the Colorado River.

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New Orleans Walk

On Saturday, we walked over 10 miles seeing only a small part of New Orleans.

First up, Cafe Beignet on Decatur Street for Beignets, coffee and Bloody Mary’s.

We walked along the river, and then rode the St. Charles Trolley out to the garden district to see all the old mansions.

We downloaded A Free Self-Guided Tour of The Garden District New Orleans which took us to 18 mansions.

After the tour, we walked the 3 miles back to the French Quarter and visited may establishments for nourishment and refreshments along the way.

The Avenue Pub, where we met Kenny. We each had a local beer. Before leaving, we both got a drink “To Go” and headed out the door. Yes, you can drink while walking in New Orleans.

We made a quick stop at Ruby Slipper for a refreshments.

Cresent City Brewhouse for lunch. Kelly had the gumbo, and Pam had 6 freshly shucked oysters. Pam thought they were great!

Leah’s Pralines for their famous Pralines. $50 later, we have dessert for the next couple of weeks. Looking forward to the Bacon Pecan Brittle they are famous for.

We finished the day at Armantine Seafood for a couple of specialty drinks before heading back to the RV.

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Laura Plantation

On Friday, we visited the Laura Planation outside of New Orleans. A sugar cane plantation on the banks of the Mississippi river. We took the 1-1/2 hour guided tour of the manor house, slave quarters, sugar fields and gardens.

We discovered four generations of Creole history at the Laura Plantation of this well-preserved estate. Located just an hour from New Orleans on the Great River Road, Laura Plantation was founded in 1804 and provides a vivid window into Louisiana’s Creole past.

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Kayaking around Martin Dies Jr.

On Tuesday, we rented kayaks at Martin Dies Jr. State Park and went kayaking. We did 5 miles of paddling in the lake and around the island that contained our campsite. Wow, what a great place to kayak. The pictures don’t do it justice.

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