It's been almost a week since my last post, and I've only done one post while I've been in Louisiana.
That kind of drought tends to happen when not much eventful is going on. And sometimes it occurs when I simply don't have enough time or energy to post.
This latest lapse would definitely fall in the second of the two categories, because we have been going non-stop since we've been here.
This charming fellow to the left greeted me when I entered Guidry's Hardware, one of the most amazing hardware stores I've happened upon and I've been in more than my fair share all over the Western hemisphere.
To be fair, I didn't stumble upon Guidry's, I read about it in of all places a cooking magazine. But that's another story.
In fact, this post is one of my famed teasers for a bunch of future stories and posts. A more accurate and regionally relevant title to this post would have been, When the Levee Breaks, because there has been a bunch of tales and such I've been fusing about in my head, just bursting to get out.
And know that I've found my voice again as it were, I've got work as in the money-making version, piling up, needing to get done. Not that I've been slacking there, I've actually been working my butt off.
It's just that we hit that part in prep where after circling around, trying to figure which direction to go, trying to sort out what we're doing, the gear is thrust up and we've suddenly got a script, location, a clearer vision and its "go-time"
Settling In and Becoming Locals
Part of the process of being semi-nomadic, at this point, I'm not sure why I include semi; any ways, as I was saying...
When we arrive at a place where we will be for more than a week we quickly move beyond the tourist "must-do's" and begin to create some semblance of an infrastructure. First and foremost is transforming whatever our living situation is into our "home".
In the past, we've had to find our place in a house we sublet that was fully "lived-in" and decorated, fill up a three-bedroom corporate housing condo, as well as figuring out how to "fit in" to other people's lives when house-sitting and couch surfing.
This takes an enormous amount of effort and flexibility, particularly when you're a family with a home-schooled teenager.
Baton Rouge hosts a wonderful parade the Saturday before Saint Patrick's Day.
It happened to be walking distance from where we're staying which was a bit of mixed blessing.
We had a great time and at the end of the day, had more beads than we knew what to do with along with a scraped up knee for one over-eager party person....
More to come...
On the heels of the Spartan Dash, came the Foam Fest 5K. I wore my Go-Pro and Cindy raced around as well as a photo-journalist. So vids and pics will be on their way.
We've made it to the Red Stick Farmer's Market a couple of times and I managed to get to one down in New Orleans. As well as jumping in on a tour of a few of the local farms with Slow Food Baton Rouge. Very excited to share LA's green scene.
We're all more than a little excited about the BURNING BAYOU at the T-Bois Blues Festival, Burning Man Louisiana-style.
NOLA Pirate Week starts this weekend as does the premiere of Game of Thrones season 3.