Summerdale to New Orleans
New Orleans, LA - Events of April 27 to Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Over the weekend, we went to Walmart to restock groceries, we did a few chores, we went to church and we relaxed. On Monday, we started making preparations for our departure on Tuesday. We put a few things away, Paul organized one of the storage bays and he checked the tire pressures while Margery caught up on laundry. In the afternoon, we ran some errands and stopped by LA Barbecue for lupper on the way back to the motor home. LA Barbecue was the last on our list of favorites we wanted to hit during this stop in Summerdale.
LA Barbecue has chopped pork, chicken, brisket and ribs. Sandwiches are $5 to about $7. Combos with two sides are available for $1.25 to $1.50 more. Lunch plates are $6 to $8, and dinner plates are $9 to $13. We always got a chopped pork lunch plate in the past, and this time was no different. The lunch and dinner plates include two sides. We had potato salad and slaw.
The barbecue was as good as we remembered - tender and moist. They have half a dozen different sauces you can try. Margery likes Southern Sweet, and Paul likes Texas Tangy with a splash of Carolina (vinegar).
In the morning, we headed out to New Orleans. It was about a 3½-hour drive including a fuel stop.
The morning started out sunny, but the farther we drove, the cloudier it got. It started to sprinkle rain about the time we finished crossing the I-10 bridge over Lake Ponchartrain. As we drove into the city, it started raining harder. By the time we exited the interstate and started crossing the bridge over the Mississippi River, it was really raining hard. We pulled into Bayou Segnette State Park in the pouring rain about 1:30.
The rain continued to be moderate to hard for most of the rest of the afternoon. This is the second arrival in a row where we have had to unhook the car and set up in the rain. Boy, are we glad we bought new raincoats! They worked exceptionally well and kept us nice and dry. And the best part is they breathe so they don't get all clammy inside.
Bayou Segnette State Park is just to the southwest of New Orleans and across the Mississippi River. The cost is $26 per night for out-of-state guests.
The roads, pads and patios are paved, and some of the sites, ours included, have both a paved patio and a wooden deck. The grassy sites are generously sized.
There are water and 30/50-amp electric hookups (no sewer), and free Wi-Fi. We don't know how the Wi-Fi reception is throughout the campground, but ours was excellent because the transmitter for our loop was right behind our site. The speed wasn't bad. The area has Verizon 4G service, but our Verizon data usage for the month was running high, so we used the free Wi-Fi as much as we could. Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi system has restrictions and won't allow access to things like chat rooms, discussion forums and it won't allow file downloads or streaming video.
We usually wait for sun before taking photos of the campground, but there is a 70 to 80% chance of rain predicted for the next several days so Paul went ahead and took pictures in the rain shortly after we arrived.
Because we arrived during the storm, we didn't have our weather station up so we don't know exactly how much rain we got. However, judging by the size and number of puddles, it must have been a lot. The 'small lake' behind our site in the next photo was one of many. Fortunately, all the pads and patios are raised enough they were above the standing water.
We have several things planned we want to see and do in and around New Orleans. Fortunately, at least one of them is indoors since the weather forecast is calling for so much rain. We'll tell you all about it in our next post.