Took off early this morning (8:15) because the rain is coming – again! And again we are on I-10 but this time the road is not as smooth – had to slow down to 50 on the interstate. Faced a little rain but more splashing through the puddles – glad I didn’t wash the coach before this trip.
Arrived at KOC Kampground in New Iberia, medium sized park with gravel roads and gravel level sites – had no reservation but many empty spaces. Nice park but the majority of the spaces are filled with live-ins and some of them are in bad shape. We are near Avery Island – point of visit.
Sunday is off in search of a King Cake – Mardi Gras specialty – coming soon –did order one for tomorrow.
We ventured off to Avery Island and the Tabasco Tour – we were here 3 years ago but the tour wasn’t open and they gave us complimentary passes then – $5.50 otherwise. Tabasco Sauce is one of our favorite spices to enjoy food.
Had lunch at the 1868 Café – on campus – and had the sampler plate plus Crawfish Corn Chowder.
Did the tour and learned a few things.
Did you know that because of the Civil War and when Mcllhenny returned from war he wasn’t able to get his old banking job back and so he began to experiment with peppers – you know the rest of the story.
And did you know that the barrels the peppers are fermented in are old Jack Daniel barrels – no wonder there is such a good taste.
We did a tour of Jefferson Island – nearby – and saw the Rip Van Winkle gardens and the Jefferson house built in 1870 as a winter retreat for the renowned stage actor who portrayed Rip Van Winkle and lots of Peacocks.
We did get to see them harvesting Sugar Cane – a lot of that going on in the area.
Went out for dinner at R & M Boiling Point and enjoyed a variety of foods and the awesome bloody Mary.
Whether it was the Boudin, Po-Boys, Crawfish Etouffee, Jambalaya, Oysters, Gumbo and the list goes on – we really enjoyed the foods of Louisiana!
Picked up our King Cake as we were leaving town.
Monday is off to Beaumont, Texas to celebrate NYE quietly.