New Orleans! I love the sultry breezes, the smells, the birds. I love tugspot hopping down 308, pulling over every few miles to look at the shrimpers, sponge harvesters, and to wave at the friendly tug men on Bayou Lafourche. It is amazing to see what places look like, places that were only names before this trip: Lockport, where Thoma-Sea’s shipyard is, Des Allemands where Candies is, Larose where Edison Chouest is. Got to peek at the tops of three CG cutters at Bollinger’s at Lockport and the grey trapezoids of three big vessels at Avondale. This is where the ships are built!
I love the swirly, mocha chocolata river — man! is it cold! love the names of the boxy, wedding-cake tugboats, love the nonstop parade of cargo ships, freighters, and LONG tows of coal, grain, and what looked like scows and scows of oyster shells.
Oh, and I love beignets! first time for all of this wonder! see here for some of the adventures on the Mississippi!