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Old 04-02-2013, 06:29 PM   #16
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Sorry, here!

Ahhhh! NOLA, just a short hop from Hammond (home). My dh & brother went to the WW2 museum and stayed all day (mostly, leaving good ole NOLA by 3:30 to beat the rush). They still didn't have enough time. Not my cup of tea! Sis & I spent the time on the River Walk and Mall. A great place to visit (to me, but a terrible place to live). Glad you had a great camping trip!
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:04 AM   #17
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You've just added New Orleans to our must visit list, Bama Ed! I never thought of it as a camping destination, but it sounds awesome! DH would love the tabasco factory too!
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:48 PM   #18
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You've just added New Orleans to our must visit list, Bama Ed! I never thought of it as a camping destination, but it sounds awesome! DH would love the tabasco factory too!
Well, I don't want to overpromise and underdeliver.

It's not much of a tour. A 5-minute intro from a guide person, a five-minute video, then walk past a long glass window that overlooks the bottling machines. They were bottling the classic red pepper sauce for Japan (japanese labels). The Avery Island plant is the only Tabasco bottling plant in the world.

The gift shop next door is a death trap though. Lots of beautiful logo'ed souvenirs that are all generously priced to produce a profit. I had an armful of stuff then as I stood in line to check out and mentally added it up, I had to step out of line and put most of it back.

They had free samples of tabasco chili, tabasco soda, raspberry tabasco, but sadly, the tabasco ice cream machine was broken...

But they also hand out some little miniatures on the tour. Tiny bottles of hot sauce less than an inch tall. Those are cute.

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PS - it was a 2hr 15min drive each way from our NOLA state park.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:05 PM   #19
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The Tabasco tour seems to have shrunk in length since we were there many years ago. Did you know that the owner just died (only 68). He was the fourth generation to run the Tabasco plant. Did you drive through the Jungle Gardens also? It also sits atop the same salt domes. Lots of scary gators around! Lots of gorgeous gardens and plantation homes down there when you have more time! Sorry, I'm sounding like a tour guide now!
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The Tabasco tour seems to have shrunk in length since we were there many years ago. Did you know that the owner just died (only 68). He was the fourth generation to run the Tabasco plant. Did you drive through the Jungle Gardens also? It also sits atop the same salt domes. Lots of scary gators around! Lots of gorgeous gardens and plantation homes down there when you have more time! Sorry, I'm sounding like a tour guide now!
Sorry, no I didn't drive through the Gardens.

I made the same mistake with the Tabasco tour that I did with the WW2 Museum. I went in the morning before lunch. That leaves not as much time to sight see before we get hungry. In the Tabasco case, we got to the Tabasco plant just after 1130 am (after driving the 2-15 hours) and had to wait till 1215 pm for the next tour. By the time we finished the tour and the gift shop it was 115 pm and the kids were in near riot mode from hunger.

We had to go into New Iberia in search of lunch. I had a fine mess of chicken livers and fries (personally, I don't find chicken livers too often when eating out so I get them whenever I see them).

We did tour Oak Alley Plantation which was beautiful but windy that day.



It's amazing to think the guy built the house in the 1830s. But the 28 oaks had been planted by an earlier settler in the 1760s. They were already mature by the time the house was built.....

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Wow - those trees are beautiful! Sorry to hear about the hungry kids. I know well how hunger and tours don't go well together.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:32 AM   #22
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We took our camper to the lake this week for Spring Break. It's an hour drive from our house and I still had to work this week so I drove back and forth.

It's been so cold and rainy. My Mom has stayed all week with four kids! She said she wanted to be off so I told her I would work. Now I think she wishes she had worked all week. LOL

Our camper is coming along nicely with the Disney Theme. Beds all made with Star Wars, Fort Wilderness items hung on the walls, Mickey Kitchen and a few things outside. Can't wait to do a little more shopping and by the time we take them to the lake to leave them for the summer we should be completely "Disney" made over.

Our next trip to the Fort isn't till Nov. so I'll just have to enjoy what Disney I can till then.

Happy Camping Everyone!!!
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bama ed, nice family crew you have there - some happy go lucky kids!

We are 'empty nesters' of three and really miss them, but enjoy the quiet and peacefulness also LOL.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:27 PM   #24
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Alayne - I'd love to see pictures if you feel like posting some! I love the idea of Disney themed makeover! DS1 has his FW blanket and the kids' mickey ears are in there, but otherwise it's pretty stock. I want to make each child a Disney quilt, but need to find some cool (not cheesy) fabric for their beds. By the time I'm done (will probably take me years) they'll probably not want them any more!
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:53 PM   #25
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Alayne - I'd love to see pictures if you feel like posting some! I love the idea of Disney themed makeover! DS1 has his FW blanket and the kids' mickey ears are in there, but otherwise it's pretty stock. I want to make each child a Disney quilt, but need to find some cool (not cheesy) fabric for their beds. By the time I'm done (will probably take me years) they'll probably not want them any more!
I do plan to post pictures this summer. We went for Spring Break but I wasn't finished yet so I didn't want to post any pictures. When we take our camper back to the lake to leave for the summer Memorial Day weekend I will finish decorating and get everything set up and then post the finial pictures.

My DH and his friend have to make my Mickey Lamp and I have another friend who is painting some toy boxes for the kids. Plus I have some items I want to order but I have to wait till I get some extra cash.

It has been a lot of fun decorating the camper and my whole family is loving it.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:07 AM   #26
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Alayne - I'd love to see pictures if you feel like posting some! I love the idea of Disney themed makeover!
I second this!
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