It’s not been all work and no play, by any means. We’ve taken a couple trips into Baton Rouge, had lunch downtown with all the office workers, and got a glimpse of the capitol building. I want to take a tour of it sometime before we leave. Louisiana is quite different in both culture and language from anywhere else we’ve traveled so far (Larry ALMOST needed an interpreter when he spoke with a pharmacy tech a couple days ago!). But it’s a beautiful place with lots of friendly people and full of our earliest American history. Here are just a couple of the places we’ve visited.



Baton Rouge
Louisiana’s Capitol building in Baton Rouge




Baton Rouge
Cannon at Battery Park

Capitol Lake flooded  in August, 2016.


Baton Rouge
Governor’s Mansion – Capitol Lake, Baton Rouge

Part of the mansion also flooded in August, 2016, and the governor evacuated.

Baton Rouge
Cedar tree with Spanish Moss

Spanish moss isn’t picky. it will grow on lots of different kinds of trees. We see some across our neighbor’s fence hanging in (what looks like) an oak tree just in front of our coach. It’s also been called Capuchin’s Beard.

Baton Rouge cypress tree
A cypress tree grows “knees” at its base.

Some wood carvers harvest these “knees” and create gorgeous art pieces. The wood is very hard, never rots and displays a lovely grain. Some industrious people pull logs from a swamp where they’ve been submerged for decades and more, then sell them for a small fortune. Roberta gives me two Christmas ornaments a friend of hers has hand carved from cypress knees, and I’ll hang them on our tree next December with fond remembrance.

Baton Rouge
We have live oaks in AZ but they don’t get this big.

…ANYWERE near this big. These trees are very old and can be big enough to shade a whole yard!


Baton Rouge Mississippi River
Bridge over the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge

Looking at the bridge from the approach, I have to wonder if the Betsy LaRue can make it over something so steep and high. Happy to report, she climbs it like a champ!

Baton Rouge, Mississippi River
Grain storage and loading operation at the Mississippi River

We see lots of huge facilities like this all over the lower half of the state; some handle grain, some process other materials, some are oil refineries. I counted at least 12 huge cranes at one new construction site along the river. I may be wrong, but it seems like if someone is unemployed in this state, they either don’t want to be employed, don’t need to have a job, or CAN’T work because they’re disabled. Looking for a good paying career? Check out the opportunities around here…especially the hands-on type like welder, crane operator or iron worker. You can train for the job in just a few weeks, and they pay very well!

Baton Rouge Nottoway Mansion
Nottoway – The South’s Largest Antebellum Mansion

It’s always a joy to learn the history of an area, but twice the fun and interest when someone local shows us around. Thanks to Lee and Roberta Ostten, we not only get to tour, but also have dinner at the fabulous Nottoway Plantation Creole restaurant. We choose a delicious seafood etouffee for the first course. Larry follows with the classic Shrimp and Grits,while I tackle a luscious spinach salad loaded with chicken, avocado, artichokes, cranberries, spiced pecans, and other yummy stuff. As Roberta predicts, the bread pudding is a not-to-be-missed dessert! Anyone looking for a lavish wedding venue or romantic B&B weekend won’t be disappointed by choosing this historic setting. What fun to imagine the genteel life of another era. Nottoway may be the largest remaining antebellum mansion in the south, but I’m hoping we have time to visit a couple other plantations that line the Mississippi River. It’s worth reading lots more about this one at

Baton Rouge
Fountain at Nottoway Plantation



Baton Rouge Nottoway Plantation
Live Oak at Nottoway Plantation

Coming this weekend: Pictures of our first authentic, backyard crawfish boil! Can’t wait!





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