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TX & LA!
Yee-Haw! It's the First Travel Blog entry from Lafayette, LA!!! So we've gone from The City of Angels "LA" to Lafayette, "LA"! Trip so far has been So Good! Was surprised to see lush green landscape flying in over Houston dotted with fluffy cottonball clouds! After landing safely, made our way to a Super Shuttle driven by a man from West Africa to our Hertz rental car experienceing real Southern Hospitality all along the way! Once on the road with Danny "Driving Miss Geralyn" in our Great gas mileage compact, European-looking, blue Chevrolet, we stopped for a bite at Good 'Ole Cracker Barrel restaurant where I jumped into an all-day breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits, grits & all the lemonade you can drink! Then we were off to see the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston TX! Never seen a place like this before with it's tropical feel & Amazing Big & Beautiful buildings! Made our way to the beach where the seagulls were much more vocal than those in CA & yes, it's true, everything is Bigger in TX, as the beaches were much wider than those in Santa Monica! Watched sunset behind us in the west as we faced the southern facing Gulf around 8pm. Our "car nap" ended up turning into a full night sleeping in the car, which was surprisingly warm & comfortable despite the teenage kids that were partying & spinning out nearby. Later in the night as the waves could be heard gently lappiing up on shore, I caught a glimpse of a sky filled with sparkling stars & a moon that smiled down on us as it reflected on the water below.
Next morning we walked across the wide expanse of fine & soft sand to actually touch the invitingly warm water of the Gulf of Mexico! Who knew there are such warm & tropical coastal waters here on the US Mainland?!? Then it was off to IHOP for a yummy & filling breakfast & then a drive to Jamaica Beach at the far western end of Galveston with its pretty pastel houses on stilts! Then we headed back to the east end of the island to catch a small & free car ferry to the Bolivar Peninsula with talkative seagulls flying right along beside us as we passed by a shipwreck that looked as if it had come right out of "The Pirates of the Caribbean"! After a short ride, we disembarked & drove through the scenic Bolivar Peninsula with more colorful houses on stilts & lush green foliage & bright yellow flowers all around. We headed north to the I-10, otherwise known as the 10 freeway, which crosses the US through the South starting at the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville, FL & ending at the Pacific in Santa Monica, CA about 5 minutes from where I live! So onto the I-10 we went heading east towards Beaumont, TX & Louisiana! Btw, TX is the 41rst US State I've been to & LA is the 42nd! Zipped through Beaumont, TX & then we knew that Louisiana was not far! Learned it's hard to catch a photo of the "Welcome To Louisiana" sign as you're zipping down the freeway, but did a little cheer that we had crossed into the State of Louisiana! Stopped for gas in Jennings, LA where we met a French Acadien native named Danny who I'm sure we're probably related to & who reminded us that we are in Acadien French-speaking country!
Then we were "on-the-road-again" to Lafayette, LA where we hoped to spend the night. Arriving in Lafayette, we cruised around seeing beautiful red brick buildings at the University of Lafayette & lovely lush, peaceful & green Girard Park. Eventually found our way to the "Blue Moon" hostel where we were first told they were all full, but the super nice woman who worked there ended up finding a space for us to rest our weary heads, as well as tell us how to get to the best grocery to stock up on our roadtrip food supplies! We were reminded of how it really is a small world after all when we discovered that the cashier at the grocery store was born in the same hosptial in San Mateo, CA as I was! Fully stocked for the trip, we headed back to the Blue Moon where Danny made yummy butterfly & cherry tomato pasta & I visited with a gentleman who had lived to tell his stories of surviving Hurrican Katrina back in '05. At the Blue Moon we also found out that we had just missed the Annual International Festival in Lafayette last weekend, but we planted some seeds of the idea of Danny maybe playing in the Festival & at the Blue Moon (which is also a music venue!) next year! At around 11pm we settled in for a good nights sleep in our shared bottom bunk anticipating what wonderful adventures awaited us tomorrow as we head out to New Orleans for Jazzfest weekend! So it is now 2:20pm on Friday May 3, '13 & am signing off from the Blue Moon Hostel in Lafayette, LA (on a surprisingly chilly day!) as I hear a train whistling in the distance & we get ready to head on down to New Orleans!