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  1. #11

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    Jun 2006
    River Ridge Louisiana-4 miles W of New Orleans-didn't flood-water stopped 800 yards away.


    Shoot-a TEXAN complaining about our-LOUISIANA bugs!! Some nerve!!!
    I should complain about your weather-Worst storms I was EVER IN-Texas between DFW and Amarillo on HY 287-and I have lived near NOLA for 50 years-many hurricanes hit and near misses-but for shear intensity-the near panhandle area-pretty bad!
    yeah-dry area-but HUGE spooky thunderstorms-

    Pensacola and eastward- beautiful beaches- you will love it.
    Now Florida food-restaurants-nothing to brag about-your food-well at least you have good BARBOQUE and good mexican texican food in Texas-Florida panhandle food not great overpriced tourist restaurants(and the shrimp-might be Oriental(chinese etc) frozen farmed shrimp-not local gulf shrimp
    You do best just going to grocery-having ice chest-cheese milk oj bread bananas apples good ham cold cuts tomatoes peanut butter butter mayo mustard etc-tell the kids it is a picnic
    Of course I'm a cheap skate-so that colors my thinking
    But ice chest dining saves $$-yeah I'm cheap
    1998 suburban-
    1/2 ton

    199500 miles

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    We're staying at least for a few days with a group at the Pensacola NAS guest lodging. Very nice but the beaches aren't really great for kids on base as they drop off like like crazy very quickly.

    Nice to be near a large body of water and some sand though.

    Ok all you Pensacola folks. What's there fun to do with kids around here?

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  4. #13

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    River Ridge Louisiana-4 miles W of New Orleans-didn't flood-water stopped 800 yards away.


    Hey-not so great for kids-but you used to be able to walk thru old spanish american war era bunkers on the west end of the island
    You can drive down to Mobile-see tour the Battleship Alabama-and a sub and many planes tanks etc
    The beaches-nicer a few miles east-maybe 20 miles east-MUCH NICER for kids-shallow walk out 50 yards just up to waist

    Hmmm other than the beaches-not much for kids-putt putt golf courses maybe??

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    Yeah. We are driving around today. We're down in Destin right now. Looks like it's going to have quite a few days of thunderstorms off and on. That's kind of a bummer.

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    Ok, you people in Slidell, LA. What's the deal with a small grocery store (I guess it's a chain?) called Cracker Barrel? That really took me for a drive down a couple of backroads to this small store ... then I had to find the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store RESTAURANT or whatever it's called. Got some good grub, just took a while.

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  6. #15
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    That's a crazy group of bugs on your front end, need to get to a car wash about that.
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    I was hoping that the rain would wash it all off, but they're getting caked on there.

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    It's down pouring here now, looks like it's part of a tropical storm and it's going to be very rainy now for the next few days. I think we're going to look for a "PLAN B" ... any ideas? We're thinking of coming back towards the Texas gulf coast, but that's a lot of driving though.

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    River Ridge Louisiana-4 miles W of New Orleans-didn't flood-water stopped 800 yards away.


    We-NOLA- and most of Gulf Coast eastward
    have been getting PLENTY- too much-rain lately
    My damn roof-house-is leaking-3 " rain in 6 hrs-exposes any roof shortcomings

    Hey those are TEXAS BUGS- I recognize them!!
    Yep Bourbon street-amazing how many people-during summer-not peak tourist season because of the freakin heat humidity- good crowd!!

    It is usually best to hit the Florida Gulf Coast in May June-less rain- by July-Aug-we can get caught in the "rain every afternoon cycle"
    Yeah-rain on a vacation-with kids-no fun
    We are driving to Flagstaff -8-3-13-
    It is AZ's Monsoon Season-no kidding they actually call it monsoon season
    It amounts to maybe a hard rain for 30 minutes-1.5 hrs-then sun comes out-and EVERYTHING is dry in 1 hr
    Nothing like LA and Gulf Coast all freakin day rains-and sure as heck it doesn't have the end of world wind thunder lightening tornadoes the Texas panhandle area or near panhandle -dry area with nasty weather

    Yeah-rain on vacation-at the beach-with kids- not a happy experience

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    We're going to hit some of the museums around here tomorrow and then it looks like the thunderstorms and rain will have passed by us. Might take a look at the Mueseum of Naval Aviation on base here as well.

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    Looks like the weather is a bit nicer today. Maybe we'll stay after all.

  10. #19

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    River Ridge Louisiana-4 miles W of New Orleans-didn't flood-water stopped 800 yards away.


    That museum was pretty good-very good -in the mid 1990's when I was last there.
    The weather here-200 miles west- is also better-dryer

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    Weather is nice now. This has been a very good vacation! I think we'll come back again.

    Only sour note, we took a boat ride out in the Gulf to enjoy the water and see some dolphins. The "Captain" was maybe 25 years old and he ventured out into the Gulf. Well, that boat pitched very hard and several people fell down including my wife who was on the stairs and she fell about 5 steps while holding our 2 year old. Ended up with a swollen leg and is very sore. I'm not going to mention the boat operator, just be careful when out there.

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    Oh, this poor kid was stuck up in the air on a failed zipline ride for at least 8 or 10 minutes.

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