Saturday, March 10, 2018

March 10, 2018 Robertsdale, Alabama


Tim played golf at Timber Creek Golf Course in Daphne, Alabama.  He shot an 84, which I thought was pretty good.  But he always thinks he should have done better, no matter what.
I slept and read while he was gone.


Tim fished here at the RV Park's lake.

We went out to supper at Derailed Diner. This is a really unique restaurant. The fictional back story is something about a railroad dining car becoming derailed and landing right there just off of Interstate 10, so they just built around it and made it into a restaurant.  The decor is all about trains and other modes of transportation. 
Derailed Diner Exterior

Each table is a sort of shadow box, with memorabilia under glass.  Here's a few of them.

Derailed Diner is just down the road from Styx River, so we eat there pretty much every time we stay here.  The food is good, but I mostly go for the decor.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip - So Far


Feb. 27 
9:00 am - Left home, not totally sure where we're going.

12:45 pm - Stopped at Buc-ee's in Madisonville.  Got BBQ sandwiches.  (the bathrooms really are amazing!)

4:00 pm - Arrived at Gulf Coast RV in Beaumont.  Going to stay here for 2 nights, so Tim can play golf.

Feb. 28
Tim played golf.

March 1
9:00 a.m - Back on the road
11:30 a.m. - Burger King in Jennings, LA
Sign at Hideaway Ponds RV Park
3:00 p.m. - Arrived at Hideaway Ponds RV Park, between Morgan City and Houma, LA.  Going to be here for a week.

March 2 -
11:30 Ate lunch at La Palma Mexican Restaurant in Thibodaux.  Not bad, but not Tex-Mex.

1:30 Laurel Valley Village Store and Museum, at Laurel Valley Sugar Plantation, near Thibodaux.  This plantation is actually still in business, growing sugar.
The old slave quarters are still standing, (barely), but it looks like a good wind would blow them over.  When anyone talks about "the good old days", I just cringe.  I always think of the atrocities of slave labor, child labor, and very few rights for women.  

2:30 Wal-Mart.  Of course.

March 3

11:40 Lunch at Rita Mae's Cajun Kitchen in Morgan City.
1:00 Wal-Mart.  Again.

March 4

March 5
Tim played golf.

March 6
5:30 p.m.  Supper at Burger King, in Bayou Cane.  Yes, we do eat like teenagers.
6:00 p.m. Wal-Mart.  Because it was there.

March 7
12:00 Lunch at Good Doggy (gourmet hot dogs) in Bayou Cane.  Only the best junk food for me and my Cowboy, lol!
Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum

Bronze statue honoring the Houma Indians, the local Native American tribe that the town is named for. 
Houma means "red" in Choctaw.  

1:00 Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum - displays tell about the industries, traditions and personal stories that give this are it's unique culture.

Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center

A decoy carved by one of the students at the Culture Center.
1:30 Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center - dedicated to preserving the Cajun and other cultural traditions of the area.

Like in other coastal areas, graves here are covered in cement to keep them from floating away during hurricanes and floods.

Note the cathedral steeple in the background.

Some grave sites are two deep.  There were several that were three deep.

The front of the Cathedral School.  This original school was opened in 1870.  It was moved to this location in 1951.

1:50 St. Frances de Sales Cemetery, Cathedral & School

Southdown Plantation

Beautiful Oak Trees on the grounds.

Sugar Cane Press and Boiling Pot.

2:15 Southdown Plantation, Houmas
           The best thing about every place we've been on this trip has been the people we have met.  In Thibodaux we were invited to the Fireman's Festival.  At the Waterlife Museum, we didn't do the (hour long) tour because my cranky joints won't let me stand for that long, but the lady at the front desk told us all about the area.  At the Culture Center, we had a great conversation with a lady who told us about other things to see in Houma.

          But my favorite by far was the gentlemen at Southdown Plantation.  Again, we did not take the tour because of my achy joints, so I was just walking around outside the house taking pictures while Tim hunted for a geocache a few feet away. When the caretaker saw us, he stopped mowing and told me all about the house and the history of the place.  He and his wife actually live in the house (in an apartment on the top floor) rent free, in exchange for taking care of the place.  He showed me several pictures of the inside, and told me that his grandmother once lived on the grounds and helped her grandmother with the cooking for the family that lived there.  He was as proud of that house as if it was his own.  He really loves taking care of it.

When we left the plantation, we just started driving south to see how far we could go. 
So much muddy water!  Lakes, bayous, rivers, and swamps.  Everywhere.
 We could have gone farther, but we decided we'd seen enough and took a different route back to Houma.
We saw a lot of shrimp boats on this drive.

3:00 Drove south of Dulac on Hwy. 57, just to see more of the southern Louisiana landscape.

March 8
This was just down the street from our RV park.

8:45 Left Hideaway Ponds.

Azaleas at the Mississippi Welcome Center

9:45 Mississippi Welcome Center
11:30 Denny's in Gulfport, MS
2:00 Styx River RV Resort.  We plan to be here for one week, then go to Abita Springs, LA.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Broken Promise

Y'all.  I did a bad thing.  Or, rather, I didn't do the good thing that I said I would do.

I promised this friendly, funny, nice lady that I would post a blog about her restaurant.

Last November.

Our kids had other plans for Thanksgiving dinner, so we took a short trip to Glen Rose, Texas to stay at Tres Rios RV Park that week.  And I searched the internet for a restaurant that would be serving Thanksgiving dinner.  Didn't find exactly what we wanted in Glen Rose, but just a few miles down the road, in Walnut Springs, a little place called the Depot Cafe was open and serving pretty much everything we wanted.  It sounded like just our kind of place.

Walnut Springs is one of those tiny Texas towns with a few cool shops on the one main street, and nothing much at all anywhere else.  Except this cafe.  Not exactly right on the main street, but in the back of an antique shop, which was on the main street.  I think you can probably walk right through the shop to get to the cafe, but being Thanksgiving Day, the shop was closed.  So we drove around to the back, and walked straight into the cafe through the back door.

And it really was just our kind of place.

Tiny, homey, friendly, and very very country.

This is a happy man. His tummy is full of good food.

The food was wonderful.  Turkey and dressing and all the fixings, including dessert, for a very reasonable price.  Down home cooking at it's best!   But the owner's friendly personality is what we will never forget.  She was a hoot and a half!  

Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of our meals.  But after we ate, I took lots of pictures of the little restaurant.  The owner told us she did all of the decorating and manual labor herself, and I think she did a wonderful job.

I'm so sorry that I didn't post this when I said I would.  We truly enjoyed our meal.  If you are ever anywhere near Walnut Springs, you should give it a try.  Here's a link to their Facebook page, where you can find their address and business hours.  

I think the lady that owns it is named Helen.  I had written in down, but of course, I lost the card that I wrote it on.  Anyway, I hope she sees this, and I hope she forgives my procrastination.


We have been trying to get away on another trip since the first of the year, but what with one thing and another, we didn't actually leave until last Tuesday.  I will intend to write more about this trip in a day or two, but here's a few hints about where we are right now:  Rivers, and bayous and swamps and alligators and gumbo!  That should give you a pretty good idea.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Ark Encounter and The Creation Museum

I took so many pictures!  It's taken days just to sort through the photos.  Now I just need to try to remember what I want to say about each one.  First, this was not really what I expected.  In my experience, museums always contain artifacts and antiquities.  While these museums did have some of that, I would describe them more as walk-through books.  They use all kinds of multi-media - video, audio, models, replicas, dioramas, displays and more - to tell about how God created the earth and mankind, about Noah and the flood, and about God's love for us and Jesus' sacrifice on the cross so that we could join Him in Heaven.  It is very well done all the way through both museums.

We went to the Ark Encounter first.  This thing is HUGE!  In fact, they claim it is the largest wooden structure in the world!   

There are several colorful murals displayed throughout.

The first level of the Ark is built to show how the animals and provisions could have been stored.

Contrary to popular opinion, creationists do believe in a type of evolution.  Noah probably only boarded one of each kind of animal.  For example, dogs and wolves would be one kind, because they can inter-breed.  And in the years since the flood, they evolved into dogs, wolves, coyotes, etc.  But they do not believe that man evolved from lifeless dirt or whatever.  There had to be not only intelligent design, but also, the Bible says that "...the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature." (Genesis 2:7)  Without that breath of life from our Creator, man could never have lived.

There is reason to believe that Noah and his sons could have already had the skills needed to build the ark.

This sweet girl offered to let me pet this big lizard...thing.  I politely declined.

All of the employees and volunteers at the Ark were very knowledgeable and super sweet.  We were smart to get there just as they were opening on Monday morning.  It only took us a couple of hours to tour the inside of the ark.  There was a lot more to see outside, but we were exhausted (and hungry), so we didn't stay much longer.  Also, by the time we left, it was getting very very crowded.  I had read articles saying that they weren't getting the business they had expected.  Talk about fake news!  I don't know how many people were there that day, but the previous Saturday 8,000 people toured the ark.  That's a lot of people.

Tuesday we went to the Creation Museum.  It was really my favorite.  We watched a couple of films and attended a lecture by Tim Chaffey.  If I understood correctly, he is in charge of the signage at the Ark Encounter. And he writes books.  We bought a few of his books and asked him to autograph them.  He graciously complied, and since we were the last ones in line, we got to chat with him for a few minutes.  I enjoyed his lecture, and I really enjoyed talking to him.  I'm really looking forward to reading In Defense of Easter.  The other books I bought were for the grandgirls, but I'll probably read them too.

In the museum, we followed a maze, or corridor, that led us through the story of creation, the flood, the corrupt world full of sin, and ultimately, the provision that God made to cover our sin.

Noah and his sons building the ark.

The woman making baskets to hold provisions.

Cain slew Abel.
(Yes, I know these are out of order)

I loved this sign.

It was a beautiful museum and a beautiful day.  It was also, basically, the end of our trip.  When we started to leave the RV park to go to our next stop, we found out that the leveling system on our 5th wheel wasn't working.  Tim had to raise the legs manually, which was a lot of work.

We had already done everything that we had planned to do on this trip, and were just planning to take a couple of weeks coming home, stopping and relaxing for a few days whenever we felt like it.  But with this new problem, we decided to just head on home.  We still didn't get in too big of a hurry, and just arrived at home yesterday.  

It's been an amazing adventure, but as always, it is so good to be home!