Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Fun Begins!

There have been numerous "last times" in the past few days, but crossing the Mississippi River made me pretty sad. We've loved going over and back on Sundays, both on the bridge and on the ferry. Today's crossing was over the "Old Bridge," or the Huey P. Long Bridge. Even though it was completed 5 years after Long's death in 1935, the story goes that he deliberately had it built so low that large ships couldn't pass under it and sail further up the Mississippi, thus preventing trade from going beyond Baton Rouge. Dirty guy!

We ate our way through most of the state of Louisiana and on into Dallas, "dining" on almonds, jerky, honey macadamia pretzel pops, chocolate banana chips, cashews, peanut butter, milk chocolate and peanut M&M's, almond snickers and honey nut protein mix. We did wash it down with water! Our conversations varied from Heidi's haunted hospital stories to Ara's (2 yr. old last month) favorite songs which are "Libre Soy" ("Let it go" in Spanish--she won't sing the English version) and "Photosynthesis!"

Heidi became a member of the "Leather Helmet Club." If you're not familiar with that story, it has to do with getting caught in a horizontal rain downpour with no umbrella, which wouldn't help anyway. We've had some off and on very heavy rain, probably thanks to the tropical storm, Bill, but it didn't slow us down much.

Marc was pulled over in Port Barre for going 56 mph in a 45 zone. He was asked for license and registration, so while Bronson was getting the registration, Marc pulled out his wallet, which happened to show his badge. The officer asked if he was a police officer. "No, a judge." "Thanks for your service." and off we went.
A sign at the service station in Stonewall, LA where we stopped for gas
You know you're in Texas when...

Texas Bar-B-Q
After dinner at Bodacious Bar-B-Q (super ribs & brisket) we decided that it was too early to call it a day. Brons found some water gardens that looked like something we should see, so we drove a few miles to Ft. Worth, and it was well worth it!
Some of the gardens in the "downtown oasis"
The aerating pool
One of three water features--this is the active pool which cascades down a series of terraces
Heidi and Bronson at the active pool

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