NOVEMBER 30, 2013 (Saturday)
Woke up early and were out the door by 8:00 AM. It was a pretty miserable night’s sleep – between the noise, the light coming through everywhere, and the feeling of being surrounded by dirt – pretty miserable. Anyway, we hit the road. The GPS said it was about 250 miles (approximately 4 hours).
We stopped for gas ($3.25 gallon), then later on we stopped to get something to eat before we got into Slidell, Louisiana. We stopped at the Cracker Barrel. While there we also got another book on tape. It’s been awhile since we’ve been in a Cracker Barrel. Always fun looking at all they have.
We drove through Alabama, part of Mississippi, and then into Louisiana. We got into Slidell around 2:00 PM. Our niece, Tiffany, and her family (husband TJ, daughters Blade, Machaira, and son Gladius) had gone to a gun show with Pat. Sharon and Falcata stayed home to wait for us. Was so nice seeing them. Falcata is 7 now and has grown so much. She, of course, had to show off all the animals they have now (two dogs and three cats). She’s a little corker.
At around 4:00 PM, Tiff, TJ, Pat, Gladius, Blade and Machaira came home. They said they want to go back tomorrow and that they enjoyed it. Pat even managed to find something that he had been looking for, so that’s a good thing. Got in lots of hugs and lots of laughs. The family has grown so much in two years. Blade is very tall and gorgeous (a Freshman in high school), Machaira is lovely (7th grade), and Gladius is just a joy (middle school). Falcata is a pistol and sharp as a whip.
Around 6:00 PM, we were all tired. Pat and Sharon headed out and we were right behind them. We’ll get there tomorrow morning and have all day to visit with them. We headed to Pearl River, Louisiana, about a ten mile drive, and checked into our home for two nights – the Microtel Inn (part of Wyndham). It’s so much nicer than last night. Feels clean, bigger beds, nicer curtains, cleaner towels, etc.
That was our day. Hope yours was great!