When we got to the airport the first night, Ben called and told me to drive into Mississippi from NOLA on I-90 which, at one point, means you have Lake Pontchartrain on one side and Lake Catherine on the other and the Gulf of Mexico just beyond Lake Catherine. This is where we saw most of the damage. I didn't take pictures of that but suffice to say, there were boats on the side of road, CLEARLY not where they were supposed to be. Mounds and mounds of leaves, vegetation and other natural debris and then there was the garbage piles...though the garbage piles were mostly inland a little, like in Pearlington. It reminded me of arriving in Pearlington in April of 2006 and seeing piles trash on the side of the road only to realize that it was there on purpose. That trash was someones home under repair. The Army Corp of Engineers would come by and clean it up every-so-often.
Anyway, on the drive into Mississippi on I-90 we drove through this gate thing, which admittedly made me a little nervous. It was such an imposing gate, I wondered if we were driving past a military base or something and though we saw some vehicles that looked military-like, pretty soon homes appeared again. Then Jolynn or Laurel or Gail noticed there was a hill off to the right of the road and someone said "oh, maybe it's for the railroad." We kept driving and didn't think much else of it.
|Driving up towards the gate...there is a better picture. I'll see if I can find it.|
|Fried Chicken and Macaroni and Cheese anyone?|
So, Ben and I spent an hour or so in The Green Project, bought 6 doors and saved about $200 which made Ben really happy. So happy we went to Rocky and Carlo's for lunch. Can I just say, best fried chicken ever. It was so good that when Ben realized, near the end of the week, that he needed to buy another door and we were thinking of what to do for lunch, well, the 5 of us piled in that truck and headed back to NOLA for a door and Rocky and Carlo's! This time I had the baked macaroni and cheese (and the fried chicken!) I hope heaven has baked macaroni and cheese as good as Rocky and Carlo's.
|It's hard to tell but this one has a metal "waterfall".|
|Yes, this is a house.|
are downright ugly!
|Quick...where was this picture taken? If you said a beach house in California, you lose!|
This trip was also the trip of food. Oh my, the food. Besides Rocky and Carlo's (where we all came away with souvenir cups that say "Ladies Invited"), there was La Pines, featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, where we had catfish and the best fudge pie ever. We also went to the Turtle (Turtle Landing that is) for cheeseburgers, shrimp po'boys, onion rings and sweet tea...YUM! One night we bought steaks and Ben grilled steaks for us...divine! Of course, the trip would not have been complete without a trip to Yun Long's Chinese Buffet. I'm getting hungry just typing this out! OH and Daiquiri's Now! and begniets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde ended the week. Yep. Food was not a hardship this time around.
|Catfish anyone? Don't forget to follow it up with Fudge Pie!|