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Apr 30, 2019 - New Iberia, Louisiana

Today, we head into the town of New Iberia and learn about rice. Konriko is one of the oldest working rice mills in America. Konriko was originally Conrad Rice Company. They decided to brand the name Conrico but it was too similar to another company’s name. They changed to C’s to K’s We are told by our tour guide that the gentleman who greeted us as we entered the store is the current owner. Nice! We enjoy the tour: We learn that there are three types of rice: long grain, medium grain and short grain. Louisiana grows long and medium. All...

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Apr 28, 2019 - New Iberia, Louisiana

Part 2: Route 182 is marked scenic and parallels the main highway. It turns out to be a good choice. We are back in wander mode. We see some of southern Louisiana at our pace. We find a high water area. It is not flooded but water is on the road. There is enough water that we see an alligator crossing in front of us. We pass an alligator farm and a few swamp tours. We do not stop. We are all alligatored up. We make a late morning stop in Morgan City. We look for campgrounds. We decide to make the forty minute run to a Good Sams campground...

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Feb 21, 2016 - New Iberia, LA

Sun, 21 Feb: A short day... We had a pretty restless nite sleeping near the Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles LA. We were boondocking at the Isle de Capri Casino, but the RV parking area is literally at the base of piling that support this high-level hiway bridge spanning Lake Charles. Every time a truck crossed the expansion joints it sounded like a foundry. Add the nearby trains signalling at multiple grade crossings and you have a not-too-peaceful environment. So, despite ear plugs we didn't get all that much rest. We'll cross this...

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2016 Travels

Oct 22, 2015 - Time to Head North

Winnie went into the shop Tuesday morning for an operation to remove her generator. The operation was a success. The generator was repaired and put back in yesterday and seems to work fine. While we were here I also replaced the skylight over our tub where we have had a leak when it rains. Hopefully that issue is cured. I got up early this morning to see if I could get some pictures of a migratory bird rookery, Rips Rookery, at Rip Van Winkle Gardens on Jefferson Island. The "island" is actually a rise in the relatively flat area caused by...

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Oct 18, 2015 - The Land of Boudin, Crawdads, and Cracklins

Our travels today were pretty uneventful as we crossed southern Mississippi and Louisiana on I10. It seems like most of the route is elevated as this part of the state is pretty wet with rivers, bayous, and the intracoastal water way the main features. The traffic came to a complete stop at Breaux Bridge, LA. As we approached the exit, it picked up again and there was no apparent reason for it to have stopped within sight. We got off the interstate at Breaux Bridge, a place we stopped last July, in hopes of avoiding any more traffic...

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Oct 12, 2015 - New Iberia, Louisiana

October 9 thru October 10 Late Friday morning we arrived in Iberville, Louisiana and the Cajun RVera Park located in New Iberia, Louisiana. This park is a relatively new RV park and it has concrete pads with paved streets. The park is well maintained but is has more rules than the US Senate. They issue wrist bands to every person that enters the park and they require it to be worn the entire time you are in the park. I told the young lady that I thought I was checking into an RV park and not a hospital. She didn’t seem to think I was very...

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2015 New York Trip

Oct 9, 2015 - New Iberia, LA

Day 1 - We arrived at Cajun Rvera Park in New Iberia, La. This park was recommended as an upscale resort but we didn't find that to be the case. Even though we had concrete pads the surrounding ground was very uneven and not the least bit appealing. They had a beautiful pool and nice dance hall. They had way to many rules for us such as having to wear wristbands during our stay. After we got set up we went to the Visitors Center and then on to Avery Island where Mc Innery Tabasco Factory is located. We watched a film about the process of...

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Mar 31, 2014 - New Iberia, LA

On the road again! We're visiting our friends, Pat & Phyllis, at a brand-new campground in New Iberia. We met Pat & Phyllis in 2008 at a campground in Intercourse, PA, and the rest is history. We get together whenever we can. This time they brought their motorhome to park next to us. What fun! They took us to some of their favorite places, including Jefferson Island where we wandered among old live oak trees, taking pictures of the beautiful peacocks. And this one big fella was really strutting his stuff for us! We had lunch in Cafe...

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2013 and Beyond

Mar 24, 2014 - New Iberia

New Iberia is just south of Lafayette. There are 5 salt domes of apparently some of the purest salt in the world rising up in a mostly flat area of Louisiana. Two of them are very famous namely Avery Island and Jefferson Island. Avery Island is famous for being the home of Tabasco Sauce which was founded in 1868. In the 1890s, E.A. McIlhenny started a refuge to try and save the Snowy Egret from extinction. The were hunted for their plumes and it is believed that there were only 8 pairs left. There are now thousands and come to Avery Is...

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OziTerra

Apr 26, 2013 - On the bayou

New Iberia, LA. This was our day for a swamp tour with Cajun Country Swamp Tours. Our guide, Shawn, took us out in a small boat into shallow water muck and thick vegetation. There were alligators, egrets, herons, bayous, ancient cypress trees covered with Spanish moss and more of what you envision a Louisiana swamp to be. Shawn was a wealth of information and had a quirky sense of humor. We saw big alligators as well as baby alligators. We were really up close and personal with the gators but the birds were great, too. A barred owl flew to...

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Remember the Alamo

Apr 25, 2013 - Raspberry Chipotle Ice Cream - really!

New Iberia, LA. Avery Island is actually a huge dome of rock salt, 3 miles long and 2 1/2 miles wide, and is best known as the source of Tabasco Sauce. During the American Civil War, a mine of pure rock salt on Avery Island produced more than 22 million pounds of salt for the Confederacy. After the war, in 1868, McIlhenny founded McIlhenny Company and began manufacturing Tabasco brand pepper sauce using that same salt. The same basic process is still used today. Tabasco produces 700,000 bottles of Tabasco per day, which is almost 3 million...

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Remember the Alamo

Apr 24, 2013 - Gator Chateau

New Iberia, LA. The rain really poured last night and this morning, cooling off the temperatures. Undeterred, we set off for Chateau des Cocodries (House of Alligators). Alligators give birth to 32 to 48 hatchlings. Since that is too many to care for, they nurture only the strongest and leave the others to die. The Chateau takes the cast offs and raises them to eventually be returned to the swamps. Thus they have baby alligators visitors are encouraged to hold. Talk about up close and personal! Jim was thrilled. Their skin feels very dry....

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