We headed south out of town and passed
through Natchez. We also dined on the remainder of our turkey sandwiches.
We crossed the border into Louisiana and switched drivers.
We headed out of town through LSU's campus and passed by their huge football stadium. We were headed for a ferryboat to take us across the Mississippi to the West side. The small back road mentioned in our guidebook ran right alongside the dike of the Mississippi River.
Unfortunately, we soon experienced our
first big boo-boo - we forgot to fill up with gas before leaving Baton
Rouge. We discovered this misfortune in the middle of no where on the
levee road. When we looked at the Jeep's computer to see how much farther
we could go before we ran completely out of gas, we discovered that we
had zero miles to go! We turned in to the next small town; it had a NAPA
store, but no gas station. We almost made it back to Baton Rouge but ran
out of gas about 1/2 mile from the gas station. After a short walk and
a few jokes, we were back in business with a full tank of gas. (**whew**
It could have been so much worse!)
The mansion was extremely impressive. We also climbed
up the levee to get another view of the river and the boats.
Beers are very expensive in New Orleans. Heineken bottles were $6.75 and the big frozen drinks were $11.00. After listening to the band at the blues bar for awhile, we went to Absinthe House (established in 1807) and had a few very strong mixed drinks. After that, we both decided to return to the hotel while we could still stumble. It was a little after 2:00 AM when we made it back to the hotel and discovered that we needed some ice. So we went in search of the ice machine. We also 'happened' upon the pool that closed at 10:00 PM. No gate - so you know what that means... We sneaked into the pool James Bond style with "finger guns" around the corners - Kurt also had a great body roll across the ground. We swam around for about 15 minutes then headed back to the room to crash. (Day 4)