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Baton Rouge

Just as we were getting ready to leave for the day we had a knock on the door. Since this is not exactly your typical campground we were a little surprised. A guy who full-times and has been here for five weeks wanted to ask Jerry about the tow dolly. I asked him about all of the people staying here and he said most of them were workers for the refinery companies. Other than this fellow we haven’t seen anyone walking about. The campground is a large lot with a lot of sites with full hookups I guess. It is not a “campground” but a parking place but it is safe and close to the places we want to visit.

We headed out to Baton Rouge and the Old Capitol Building. Fortunately we were able to park right in front of the building paying $.25 for each 30 minutes, a real contrast to the $50 we paid in New Orleans.

The Old State Capitol Building
The Old State Capitol Building
The Old Capitol Building is absolutely spectacular! There are several multimedia history exhibits that give an interactive exploration of the events and people that contributed to Louisiana’s story. There were two rooms dedicated to Huey P. Long. Wow, what a story that was. The spiral staircase was added later as was the stained glass dome which is exceptionally beautiful. There are several stained glass windows on the second floor and are beyond description.
The beautiful dome
The beautiful dome
Weddings and wedding receptions are frequently held there and we were told that even if the wedding was not held there brides often opted to have their pictures taken on the staircase. I can surely understand why. We shared our visit with about 100 kindergarten children. They were very well behaved and as a former educator I was quite impressed!

We asked for recommendations for lunch and they suggested Poor Boy Lloyd’s only a couple of blocks away so off we went in search of po-boys since that was one local specialty that we had not tried. Jerry ordered a fish po-boy and I ordered an oyster po-boy in addition to the fried pickles.

Southern Hospitality at its  best!
Southern Hospitality at its best!
The food was great but the hospitality was even better. The owner chatted with us a good while discussing everything from local delicacies to ACC sports. He gave us a map of the city and pointed out some places we might want to visit.

When we left we headed to the river front and walked along the Mississippi. The wind was blowing pretty hard by then and the map blew right out of my hand. I chased it for a while but unfortunately it ended up in the Mississippi. I tried. We walked down to the USS Kidd and then headed back to the car. Since we still had a little time on the parking meter we walked over to the Art Museum however it was just before closing time so we missed that opportunity.

As we headed out we decided to cut through LSU for a few minutes. As we approached a gate we were told that if we saw a gate only faculty and staff were allowed through until after 4:00 so we turned around and headed out. Unfortunately either Gypsy got confused or we missed a turn but we ended up riding around a really nice neighborhood with lovely homes right on a lake. As I had done earlier I pulled up Waze on my iPhone but by that time Gypsy had finally decided to correctly direct us to I10.

When we got back to Gonzales we decided to pick up our iPads and go to the local Starbucks to update them. We sat there for a while, drank coffee (at least I did) and watch the Apple updates.
Returning to the coach we began to notice darkening clouds and it began to rain more heavily.

This morning I had e-mailed Techno RV about our difficulty with the booster and I had received a reply with instructions to hopefully get it working so I when we got in I got started on that. Voila! I reset the booster and for the first time since we were in Perry, Ga we had good Internet. Why didn’t I contact him earlier?

As I was working on the computer I got a message from folks at home asking if we were OK because there was bad weather in Louisiana. Really? We didn’t know but began to pay attention only to find out that we were under a tornado watch. The Dish went out so I got out the weather radio and yes, Ascension Parish was under a tornado watch. Fortunately the watch soon ended so maybe we’ll get a good night’s sleep. Temperatures are supposed to drop tonight – guess that was the cold front coming in again.

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