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Louisiana Tourism and the Different Outdoor Activities

October 20th, 2022

Louisiana is a fishing state,Guest Posting no doubt about that. But fishing is not the only recreational activity offered by this water-surrounded region that has rich and fertile lands, waters teeming with innumerable varieties of fish, vast estuary system and coastal wetlands, spectacular mountain views, among others. Louisiana is proud home to thousands of biking and hiking trails, countless birding trails and numerous campgrounds and RV parks. If it’s outdoor fun you are looking for. Louisiana is the right place to visit anytime of the year.

The coast of Louisiana plays home to 13 biking trails where bikers can enjoy the state’s beautiful and spectacular landscapes. There are various biking routes – from the lightly traveled and paved rural roads to the challenging mountain biking trails, to easy and leisurely paths through the state parks. Biking becomes more enjoyable by the mild climate all year round. This outdoor activity will be a fun way for families and friends to share a unique bonding experience. Some of the great biking trails in Louisiana include Fountainbleau State Park in Mandeville, Hooper Road Park in Baton Rouge, Wild Azalea Trail in Woodworth, Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area in Slaughter and Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, and many others.

Another Louisiana tourism outdoor activity is bird watching attributed to the vast coastal marsh and swamp which attract migrating birds to visit Louisiana every year. The coastal areas of Louisiana is the perfect habitation for some of the country’s most amazing birds and over 400 species of migratory birds that feast on the fertile environment of Louisiana. Bird enthusiasts have plenty of opportunities to view the abundant wildlife throughout the coastal region of Louisiana. The Louisiana Gulf Coast offers open access to some of the country’s best birding trails. The Mississippi Flyway is certainly the country’s best destinations for bird watching.

New Orleans, Louisiana – The Crescent City

March 18th, 2022

Visited New Oleans in November 2002 fefore Hurricane Katrina took her toll on this beautiful city. These are some of the experiences we had.

Wanted to take a reconnaissance tour of NOLA and the route to the ferry. The ferry runs from Algiers Point, established in 1718, to the bottom of Canal Street. Passengers and bicyclists ride for free, while cars pay only $1.00. The ferry runs every 1/2 hour from each side of the Mississippi River.

Stepping off the ferry I was confronted by the garish Harrah’s Casino. To the right is the Aquarium of the Americas and Imax Theater. To the left is the Riverwalk Shopping mall. Now that the essential orientation was completed, we embarked on being enraptured by the spirit of The Crescent City.

All the guide books say that the best orientation to New Orleans is by riding the 13.5 mile long St. Charles Street car line, established in 1835. Right outside the door of the hotel was the famed rails. Voila!! For $1.25 per person (exact amount ONLY) we climbed aboard the well- preserved cars, circa 1923. Clang, clang, clang up St. Charles Street under stately oak trees, past the Garden district, Emeril’s restaurant, Loyola and Tulane Universities, Audubon Park to Carrolton Street we moved. We were fortunate to have a motorman who truly loved the city and his job. His running commentary about the environment and the crazy drivers playing chicken with the streetcar made the ride more enjoyable.

The ride back was less eventful. Being oriented to the streets radiating from the river (Jackson, Louisiana, Napoleon, Jefferson, and Carrolton) made the visiting of the area easier in the future.

The streetcar dropped us off at Carondelet and Canal Streets (Canal street was originally supposed to be a canal. Now the center of the street is being turned into another streetcar line, which will go from the River to City Park, near Lake Pontchartrain. Directly across Canal Street was the beginning of Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

The French Quarter, approximately 70 square blocks, is the heart and soul of NOLA. Historical, architecturally stimulating, and vibrant, the French Quarter should be viewed either by walking or horse drawn carriage. There is a motorized trolley, which also makes the rounds of the area. I had visited the place forty years ago with my sister and was eager to see if the old haunts were still there. The answer is Yes (mostly). Al Hirt is deceased and a statue marks the place where his horn belted out the Dixieland melodies.

The best way to see the Quarter is on foot with a guidebook. Most of the beauty is in the courtyards and on the second and third floors of the buildings. Definitely playing the tourists, we did exactly that. Bourbon Street is the entertainment center. Nightclubs luring you inside with Jazz, Zydeco, Blues streaming from live bands implode upon your senses. Adult toy shops, striptease clubs, and three for one happy hours entice even the most prudish traveler to enjoy the “pleasures of life”. As the street runs further away from Canal, the more quiet it becomes. One block down river is Royal Street, the home of fashionable boutiques, art galleries, and upscale residences. The hub of activity culminates at Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral. Along either side of the square are local artists, fortunetellers, and street musicians. Overlooking this melting pot of humanity is St. Louis Cathedral, where many are buried in its walls and many dignitaries have walked down the aisle. Flanking the Cathedral are some of the oldest buildings in the city: the first apartment building in the country, government offices from the French and Spanish Colonial eras, and other historical edifices. Words cannot describe the spirit, vibrancy, and cosmopolitan feeling of the French Quarter.

Leaving the French Quarter, we strolled along the river front, past the Aquarium and through the Riverwalk. Exhausted we boarded the ferry back home.

The cemeteries are unique in New Orleans, because the bodies are buried above ground. When they tried to bury them in the ground, either they would reach water having dug only one foot, or the hole would fill rapidly with water after it had been dug. The tour was to begin at 1:30 P.M. We arrived at the pick up place about 10 minutes early. The tour had already gone. Luck was with us however. On our walk from the ferry I saw a sign on the Canal street bus, “to Cemeteries”. We hopped on the bus and after 1/2 hour we were at Greenwood Cemetery at the North end of town. There were other cemeteries there too. After visiting the graves and getting a feel of the place, we returned via the same bus. We got off at Basin Street, as in The Basin Street Blues. I went to explore St. Louis Cemetery #1. Alas, the time was 3:00 P.M. and the cemetery had just closed their gates. Most historical places of interest close at 3:00 P.M. in and around the French Quarter because of the fear of vandalism. Key West, Florida is another place where you will see the bodies buried above ground. This is because the island is a rock.