Yep that's right. I call it vacation woes, but honey it ain't nothin but a thang. We had as many of you know a prepaid and preplanned one in a lifetime vacation in Boston for the week of July 4th, and with the recent tragic death of our son, we decided to cancel the trip. OK
So we decided upon the strong urging of our girls to take a "short" trip since Punkin already had the time off and the girls just really thought it would do us so good to get away for a few days. Right? Right.
And daughter Lori came over all ready to house sit for a week and feed the critters. Bless her heart.
Soooooooo as I said we left Wednesday morning planning to stay a week or so being hometown tourists in south Louisiana since we are "northerners" from the northwest corner of Louisiana. Right? Right.
Soooooooo off we went and about an hour into the trip the bottom of the sky fell out and buckets, no not buckets but the entire sky rained and poured, thundered and lightened. The wind blew cause as you know a hurricane named Alex was in the making and wrecking havoc on the entire gulf coast.
Sooooooooo our plans had been to spend the first two days at the beach in and around Port Arthur, TX and the Cameron, LA area. Ha Ha Ha. Nature had other plans. So we drove the coast line looking out the windows and could not even get out to put our toes in the sand. In fact the roads were deserted because the locals were seeking higher ground and had already deserted the island!
We went on over to Crowley, LA just east of Lake Charles and spent the night and had a great room
and dried out. And woke to sunshine the next morning so we thought "oh goodie, our trip is on". We toured the St. Joseph Cemetery which is in Ripley's Believe It Or Not as the ONLY cemetery known to be facing north and south. It is also the oldest cemetery in our state. So we took a few pictures
and poked around until killer mosquitoes almost vampired us senseless and we left or as they say around here "cut a shuck".
Next we toured Rayne, LA which is the Frog capital and of course nothing was going on anywhere we could find. But I did get a cute picture of Punkin at the Civic Center.
Then it was off to Lafayette and they have an awesome downtown area with...guess what? SHOPPING. And still no rain, so Punkin being the more than good sport with his mizmollye missus accompanied me into all the girly girl shops and the mardi gras costume shops
and yep even the gift shops where we bought the kids a little souvenir and he never once complained. I'm just saying there were no Sporting Good stores or Hardware stores or Tractor parts places. Everywhere we went were laces, purses, panties, ribbons, buttons, china, and lots and lots of bling-bling and frou-frou.
But rain or no rain, we HAD to tour Longfellow's Evangeline and yep you guessed it we did not get to go in for the rain. But we enjoyed what we did get to see.
Sooooooooooo we stopped at a little place to grab a bite and when we left there, the rain was baaaaaaaaaaack! So we hightailed it back to our borrowed ride, ya know "Mis Tang", Shari's bright red Mustang...Bless her heart.
and we left Lafayette much wetter and a little broker. At that point we came to the same conclusion that the rain was in Louisiana to stay and that it made absolutely no sense. I'm saying NO SENSE to continue driving and looking through rain to see nothing and buying more gas, and more food and paying for more hotel rooms all in the name of TRYING to have a little fun.
So we got back home at 6 pm last night and guess what? It ain't rained a drop all day here!
I re-packed our bags and in the morning we're gonna try this again but we decided to stay closer to home. We're going about 65 miles south to Natchitoches, LA and tour the Cane River Plantations, and Melrose and some arty stuff in Natchitoches and JUST IN CASE we decide to stay a night over, we're good to go with our next day duds!
If the rain holds off.....I'll try to have some awesome pictures for you next week!
Sothere are no "woe is me" from this camp cause like I said, "Honey, it ain't nothin but a thang"
Luv ya all bunches, mizmollye and punkin darlin