Because we had a relatively short trip down to Lafayette we decided to drive back north into Shreveport for a visit to the Louisiana Boardwalk along the Red River. The Boardwalk is actually in Bossier City (pronounced Booz-uhr) and is a large shopping mall. It is beautifully laid out and made for a nice diversion. When I think about it, it was very similar to Branson Landing, right down to the Bass Pro Shop and a streetcar running down the middle.
In the Bass Pro Shop, I lost Brenda (usually its in a dress shop, not sporting goods!) and found her interviewing/interrogating a really nice store clerk named Buddy. It went something like, "So Buddy, tell me everything I need to know about bass fishing. Go ahead, I've got 5 minutes." Actually, I think Buddy enjoyed his chat with her and had a huge smile on his face when we left.
We headed out for Lafayette and on the way found a great Visitor Center for Louisiana near Alexandria. We were able to pick up lots of useful information on New Orleans for our stay there with Katie. Overnight in Lafayette was in a rather shady neighbourhood but it turned out to not be a factor and we had a pleasant night.