Where we stayed: Bayou Segnette State Park
Since it was so easy to get into New Orleans from our campground, we were able to make multiple trips into the city. While Kaylie and Emmett and I enjoyed the campground parade, Jack and Matt tackled New Orleans together, visiting the World War II museum and making a first trip to Cafe DuMonde. Being a WW2 history buff, Jack LOVED the museum! He could have spent a couple days there reliving all the details of each battle.
On our next visit into the city, we waited in a not too long line at Mother's Restaurant for some Po'Boys (Famous Ferdi Special featuring the orginal debris).
On our way to drop Jack and Matt off at the airport (now rushing due to delay caused by car-top carrier incident), a weather alert interrupted the regular radio programming. When does that ever happen in LA? Turns out there was a mudslide that shut down I-5 - the main thoroughfare
between Southern and Northern CA - the route I was planning to take to get us to Oregon. So to avoid getting swept away in mud or stuck in traffic, we took a very round about way to get to Sacramento.
After loading as many bikes as I could, I dragged the kids out of bed and hit Starbucks as the sun was rising. We drove up Hwy 101, from LA to San Luis Obispo. It's a very scenic route and my preference for getting to the Bay Area (not so good for getting to Sacramento). I've driven by the Madonna Inn a zillion times but have never stopped. So today we stopped for a bathroom break, which turned into a lunch break (and then another bathroom break). The kids LOVED this delightfully tacky theme-room hotel. In the gift shop they have postcards of each of the bedrooms. I think the kids' favorite spot was the bathroom with its quilted doors and child-sized potty and sink. And how can you not love drinking from these fine colored goblets? Cheers!
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!