Monday December 30, 2019

Travel day, New Orleans to Henderson, Cajun Palms RV Resort

Under the overpass as we are reveals NOLA‘s tent cityCemeteries are big here, we see this one leaving

 

 

Some more sights..

This was one of our shortest trips from one place to the next, 2 hour ish and it is the largest park we’ve been in with 450 spots.

Cajun Palms appears to be emulating Caribbean resorts.  We get a wrist bracelet we can use to charge food, drinks, etc.  There are several really nice pools – not open now but still nice.  A HOT TUB that we ensure is open prior to booking here.  A hot tub is on my must have list. Taking  photos not so much so on hot tub photo yet.

 

 

 

 

What! The hot tub is not working!! Many trips to the front office and yet it is still not working.  We are pissed, this  is not a stress free zone  

Complain a little more and we’ll see how warm it is tomorrow.  Night all!

Our 25th Anniversary 12/29

We would have never thought 25 years later we would be living our dream mostly because we didn’t know this would be our dream 🙂  Looking back it’s astounding how things change.  I shall spare you and move on… Spent the day wandering around, these make us feel safe

 Some of the sites, I love NOLA!

Every province/state has some strange laws.  Louisiana’s, IMO, is if there are 2 or more people buying a bottle of hooch everyone must present ID and be over 21.  If you are flying solo, then only you must be over 21.  Logic??? I don’t know.

We search for a great 25th dinner restaurant and settle on Italian Barrel It does not disappoint.  My dinner, Pesto Scampi (love the lemon condom), Allan’s Chicken Parm

​Mossy on back and encounter another street musician.  These kids are talented, STOMP originals..

We see this catastrophe on all our outings, this time we walk closer to it, what happened here?  Hard Rock New Orleans, sad story!

We head back to the RV park.  Last night here, Bailey is sleeping

Travel day tomorrow.

Santa’s Big Day! Turns out it was ours too!

We leave today for #nola.  This was a day trip on the only cruise we ever took, we loved it and have wanted to return.  Allan is anxious to have a hurricane  We plan to leave about 10, drive today about 3h.

Against my better judgement, we go back tot he casino and our favourite machines.  I’m convinced today is a refund our $20/ea and head out.

There is a guy using Allan’s machine so we do a lap of the casino.  Come back he’s gone.  Plunk ourselves down. I’m down to $10 and win $40; 751aI don’t have the opportunity to savor my win when Allan’s machine goes nuts!

Just keeps going! Woohoo!!

Jack pot!!  The attendants rush over!  We are in heaven.  Win $1,267!  Do we want them to withhold the required taxes?  No thank you!  It’s not long until they are back.  YES they are withholding as we are Canadians.  30% or $380. bitch is – if the jack pot was $1,200 or under no taxes are withheld.  We can claim back.  Happy Santa aka Allan!!Spin again as we await the long process of collecting and bam, another $100Full look at the winning machine!!!This was a pretty, amazing Christmas morning.

Sad to say good bye to Wind Creek Casino.

On the road at 1030a.  Later than we wanted to so much richer!!

We leave using Knight St:)

Photos do not give the scenery justice.

We arrive at French Quarter RV Resort about 3p and get set up.We tour around a bit…

Little police car to keep us safe!

Walking the streets, drinking the drinks!

A hanging around local!More sights

Wish you all the best Christmas!

Tuesday, Christmas Eve

Rise and shine and indulge in a coffee with Bailey’s in Bailey.   Such fun to laze.

We walk to the casino and look around for a slot machine that is calling our names.  When we were in Las Vegas we liked the “Wheel of Fortune” machines.  We find the 25 cent ones and start playing.  We are such big gamblers we each do $20/day.

Wow 948a and we up!  Cash out$52.50

Hand out $20 to each of us and keep playing.  951a win another $62.50.  This time on the $ machine.

This can’t be happening, we are not that lucky!  We’d better quit while we are ahead. Back to Bailey we go.  Chill a bit then walk the outside grounds.

As we are up we decide to gamble another $20 each.  316p just can’t believe our luck.

We saunter around a bit and decide to go back for a bevvy and dinner.   As Allan says the  smoking never gets old

Having gravy with our dinner but still no can opener.  Perhaps Santa will one!

After dinner we pop back to the casino.  Select our now favourite $1 Wheel of Fortune machines,  this can’t be happening! Win again 637p  $100702p more wins!!!

We’ve paid for our stay here with the wins.  Can’t believe our good fortune.

Side story:  Yesterday when we were grocery shopping we selected from some meat – Allan picked up a package priced at 9 something.  I see one for $8.88 and start to walk away but then turned back and told Allan we must purchase that one for good luck. 

8 (八, BĀ) – LUCKY:  8 is the luckiest number in Chinese culture because 八 sounds like 發 (fa), which means “wealth”, “fortune”, and “prosper” in Chinese. Multiples of eight are even better, as 88 bears a resemblance to 囍 (shuāng xǐ), or “double happiness”. While the Chinese will go to great lengths to avoid 4 in daily life, they will try to incorporate 8 wherever they can. In the Beijing summer Olympics, the opening ceremony began at 8:08 pm on 8/8/08. Since the number 8 is believed to bring good luck, many airlines in Chinese-speaking countries will use combinations of 8 as flight numbers.

I think the 8s coupled with Mom, who loved to gamble, watching over us paid off.  LOL

Back to Bailey for the night.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Go pick up Bailey day!

This is our maybe itinerary

We’re up at 215a, OK only me is up, to get ready to go to the airport to fly to Atlanta at 615a.  Yes I’m crazy to be up so early but that’s me. We’re excited to use our Nexus cards for the first time.

Nexus is the way to go!  Line ups were crazy long even at this ungodly hour but we breezed though.  Should have got one years ago.  We hoped Delta would leave on time but that didn’t happen.  Wasn’t too late, we opted to not catch our connecting flight from Atlanta to Columbus Ubering it instead as it was quicker.

We arrived at CoachCraft at 1030a.  Bailey had her annual service done and mechanical stuff that was neglected.  Service invoices  areWe treated Bailey to a hand wash and wax, including the roof.  She is beautiful!  But of course, it’s raining!  They had parked her in a shelter so at least we started off dry.

Today’s adventures takes us first to buy groceries then on to a 2 night stay at Wind Creek Casino RV Park in Atmore, AL  We arrived at 330p (gained/lost an hour) got set up or at least the slides out and stuff put away.

We think we’ll head to the casino for dinner. We encounter Santa who wishes to disclose my Christmas presents. Having none of that…Proceed to dinner. $20 for the buffet! What happened to inexpensive buffets? The killer was no wine!

Headed back to Bailey for a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Allan, neglected to take a photo 🙁

Long day so, shortly off to bed  Night all.

Almost together again!

Finally!  Monday, December 23 is the day we fly to Atlanta, Uber to Columbus and pick up Bailey.

Our new adventure is beginning!   Maybe we’ll even get to visit 29 surreal places.

Hoping for no snow on Monday, an event less flight, safe Uber ride.

                  Wish us luck!!                                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Wake up, have breakfast and head out.  We are still anxiously hoping the repair shop is open.  We arrive at 930 and YES they are open.

Some of the coach friends that will keep Bailey company.

Waiting for our Uber, I see a huge spider.  Not a good photo cause I was afraid to get too close. When I said to Allan “my shoe could take him”, Allan responded with “this type of spider eats through shoes”.  He’s so supportive!

Get to the airport when it hits me.  I forgot our snacks (cheese, pepperettes, roll ups, etc) in Bailey’s fridge.  Gosh darn!  Our flight leaves at 250p.  It is now about 10am.  Columbus is the super small airport.  No bar but you can get limited beer/wine in the cafeteria style eatery.  What the heck are we going to do here for all these hours!  Allan suggests we Uber back to Coachcraft, pick up our goodies then head to a mall to kill a few hours.  And that’s what we do.

Our driver recommends Peachtree Mall so that’s where we go.  They have one restaurant, @rubytuesday  Allan is happy – they have  @Yuengling_Beer on tap.Trivia follows:  The story of Yuengling is the story of the American Spirit. It’s a tale of shared dreams, individual tenacity and an unwavering dedication to standards of quality. Like many American stories it starts amid the dreams of countless young immigrants looking for opportunity and emerges from the strength and will of one family determined to build their legacy in a new country. The story of America’s Oldest Brewery began when David G. Yuengling arrived from Wuerttemberg Germany to settle in the sleepy, coal-mining town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. 

Allan’s beer is pouring when, whoops the keg is empty.  The waitress give the 1/4 full mug to Allan to drink while they change the keg.  Just like our day is going, there is no replacement keg!  Allan has a glass of wine, we pay, and walk the mall.  We go outside and spot an @Applebees.  They do not disappoint, Allan gets his full mug.  We drink up, time to head back to the airport.  Wish we’d be nicer to our military!

This is in the restroom; my first..

We’re flying @Delta flight is delayed 🙁   Take off about 1/2 h late but arrive in Toronto about 5 m earlier than the original scheduled arrival time.  How does that work!

We arrive in Toronto about 5 m earlier than the original scheduled arrival time.  How does that work!

Airline Limousine  home, now the long wait until we are reunited with Bailey and another

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Today is a do nothing except chill & laundry kind of day.  We have a lazy start then get at it.

We hear on the radio that tomorrow is Columbus Day. We do a google search and determine Georgia is one of the States that honours it.  Allan did call the service depot last week t confirm we’d be in on Monday but how often have any one of us forgot the following Monday was a holiday.

Allan sent an email but no response yet.  Hopefully there will be an easy drop off and lock box if they are indeed closed.

Wish us

Friday, October 11, 2019

Travel day to  @PineMountainGA where we will spend the weekend.  Drive time 4h16m.  Start time 1023a; km 58,754.  Bailey drop off is on Monday.

This is the sign we encounter leaving the Clinton/Knoxville KOA.  Not our best travel day, just traffic ​

And more traffic

Atlanta is likely a very nice city but we will attempt to avoid even the bypass in future travels.  Crazy nuts traffic, makes Toronto’s seem mild.

305 Finally through, traffic clears up and its a pleasant balance of the way drive.  GPS estimates arrival at 410.

Looking forward to the temp. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allan makes up  some time and we arrive at 355.  Happy to be here, there is a hot tub and fire pits.

We are here until Monday when we drop Bailey in Columbus.