NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
- In the spring of 1995 we had a very nice trip to New Orleans. We boarded our dog
Sandy at the kennel as she was permanently lame & old & it was just too difficult
for her to travel. But we took our cats, Candy & Brandy, with us. This
was their first out-of-state trip & they did just fine!
In N'awlins, while we went sightseeing, we boarded them at a nearby
veterinary clinic as we did not trust the dilapidated air conditioner in the camper - if
it konked out we did not want the kitties to bake before we returned. We'd drop them
off at the clinic in the morning & pick them up in the afternoon. This worked
very well except that they hated the place so much & protested so adamantly that we
dubbed them the "Hissers from Hell!" Evidently, while boarded, they didn't
eat, drink, or potty the entire day as when we got them back to the camper they spent the
first hour doing nothing but eating, drinking, & pottying. After that they were
back to normal behavior - scampering, playing, watching out the window, trying to steal our
We always enjoy the swamp tours & this time we toured a swamp that
was frequented by the pirate, Jean Lafitte. Observed lots of live alligators - two
of them were named Elvis & Priscilla. Elvis would jump right up out of the water
when offered a chicken leg! They also enjoyed being fed marshmallows.
After surviving the swamp tour we dared to take the voodoo tour.
Visited the tomb of the famous voodoo queen, Marie Laveau. I even marked an
(imaginary) "X" on it as it is supposed to bring good luck. We also
visited a voodoo temple & met a real voodoo priestess. She & her pet python
were very nice - didn't hex anybody or anything. But, just to be on the safe side,
everyone in the tour group, including us, made a monetary donation to the voodoo god of
We ended the trip with a riverboat cruise to the site of the
"Battle of New Orleans". We were considering staying longer, but finally
decided to go on home, & just in time, too. It was cloudy the day we left &
soon after the area was hit with heavy rain & disasterous flooding that made national
TV! Maybe that "X" really did bring us luck after all!
We got some real great video tape of the cats playing in the camper but
there is just one problem with it. We think Sandy figured out that we took them with
us on the trip & is jealous because every time we have watched that vacation video she
has spitefully peed in the floor!