Avery Island Visit

Current Location: Lafayette KOA, Scott, Louisiana

Malcolm got up early this morning and took the truck to Safelite to get the new windshield installed on the truck. He just waited in the lobby while they did the work. He also took advantage of their free wi-fi while he was there and caught up on some things using his iPad. The truck was done in about an hour. We have full glass coverage on the truck, so there was no charge.

After Malcolm returned to the trailer he decided to take care of a couple items. One was to lower our hitch down one notch. The new bed rails are about an inch taller than the old one and the trailer has just a slight nose up stance. Also, it is difficult to get our rolling cover over the hitch without a lot of gymnastics. The cover rolls shut easily now. Also, with the trailer back to rolling downhill again, we should get better mileage, right?

We left mid-morning and headed to our friends (Nick and Sheila) house. We all hopped in the truck and headed to Avery Island to visit the Tabasco plant. We rummaged through the gift shop and just as we were ordering lunch at their outside food trailer,a big rainstorm rolled in. The outdoor dining was covered, so we stayed dry while we ate. The rain almost subsided in time to walk over to the plant for a tour.

After the tour we headed back into town to do a little shopping. It poured rain the whole time, but had pretty well quit by the time we headed back to Nick and Sheila’s place. They cooked up red beans and rice for dinner, sending the leftovers with us. After dinner we said our goodbyes, stopped to get fuel and headed back to the trailer to relax. Tomorrow morning we head on to west Houston for a couple weeks.

Busy, Busy, Busy

Current Location: Lafayette KOA, Scott, Louisiana

Wow, where did the time go? Actually, it was very full of busy-ness. Let’s start with Wednesday, when we left Seattle. We loaded our luggage in our daughter’s car as well as the grandbabies and we headed to drop Violet off at pre-school. From there, we stopped by to get a cup of coffee (or tea in Val’s case) and headed on to Seatac airport.

Our daughter dropped us off around 10:15 and our flight wasn’t until 1:10, so we had time to take it easy after we got through security. We could even see our departure gate from security, so no running around. We camped out at a coffee shop with free wi-fi so Malcolm could prepare the bill of sale for Val’s car that we were selling to some friends of ours in Louisiana. He also called the Ford dealer where we bought the new truck to find out about paperwork for licensing. They were going to be overnighting it to our DMV, so good timing.

By the time our plane landed in Atlanta, it was 11:30 PM. We grabbed our bags, paid for our parking spot and drove home, arriving at nearly 2:00 AM. We fell into bed at the house and, naturally, couldn’t get to sleep. And Thursday was going to be a long day. Once we did get to sleep, we ended up waking up at 6:00. We were out the door before 7:00 and headed over to Montgomery to grab breakfast at Cracker Barrel. From there, we headed to the trailer.

At the trailer, Malcolm grabbed the truck and Val took the car to get the oil changed. Malcolm washed the truck. While he was finishing that task, the local tag office called to let him know the paperwork was there. He dropped by the bank to grab some cash from the ATM and met Val at the trailer. We drove up to the courthouse and got the new license plate for the truck. We stopped by Zaxby’s for lunch, filled the truck with fuel at WalMart then headed over to hitch up.

While Malcolm emptied the tanks at the campground, Val drove over to the house to pick up some packages she had ordered. She joined back up with Malcolm south of Montgomery on the interstate. We ate dinner outside of Mobile at another Cracker Barrel. It became obvious that it was going to be super late before we would get to our destination of Scott, Louisiana and we were wearing out quick. Plus, the truck was low on fuel.

We tried to overnight in a Petro truck stop in Hammond, Louisiana, but all the slots were full. The Pilot across the street was full, as well, so Malcolm filled up the truck and Val found a nearby Cracker Barrel. We called and the manager said it would be perfectly fine to overnight in their lot, so we did. In the morning, we “paid our camping fee” via having breakfast inside.

It was a couple hours to Scott from Hammond. As we were driving through Baton Rouge, a huge rock flew through the air and put a huge chip in the truck’s windshield. As we were getting near Lafayette, the left-rear wheel cover on the truck flew off. Val was driving behind with the car and managed to avoid it, but it ended up getting trapped under the front of another car. Both Val and the other car pulled over and retrieved the wheel cover. It was pretty much chewed up.

Once in Scott, we unhitched the trailer and set it up, then headed to our friends’ house. We went with them to sign over Val’s car to them and headed back to their apartment to relax, which is where Malcolm is currently typing up this blog entry.

Whew, what a couple of days. We’ll sleep well tonight. We have an appointment with Safelite to get the windshield replaced tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM.

Quiet Day

Current Location: Cajun Palms RV Resort, Henderson, Louisiana

Today we took our friend, Sheila, around shopping and sightseeing. She cooked dinner for us this evening and we visited for a while before heading back to the trailer late. Not much exciting other than that.

We’ll be packing up and moving out t0morrow morning and will be parked in our friends’ apartment parking lot for tomorrow evening, by arrangement with the apartment staff.

Avery Island

Current Location: Cajun Palms RV Resort, Henderson, Louisiana

Today, we went to visit Avery Island to see them make Tabasco Sauce and visit the Jungle Gardens. First, we paid a dollar toll at the toll booth. Then we headed up to the factory to take the factory tour. It consisted of a brief speech by an employee who then led us into a room, handed us samples and started up a 10 minute film.

After the film, we wandered down a hallway next to where the product is produced, then back outside to wander over to the store. We ate lunch there on-site, then shopped in the store to pick up some gifts. After that, we headed over to the Jungle Gardens, which is a driving tour.

After our sightseeing adventure, we headed to our friends’ apartment and “kidnapped” them to take them to the RV park to see our trailer and cook them dinner (burgers and dogs on the grill). We dropped them off this evening and came back to the trailer just in time for some thunderstorms to roll through.

Here are some pictures from today’s fun.

Welcome to the visitor center.

Welcome to the visitor center.

Giant bottle in the lobby.

Giant bottle in the lobby.

Outdoor decoration.

Outdoor decoration.

Sampling station.

Sampling station.

Bottles ready for labels.

Bottles ready for labels.

Real-time counter of how many bottles were made today.

Real-time counter of how many bottles were made today.

Jungle Gardens.

Jungle Gardens.

Old oak trees.

Old oak trees.

Snowy white egret bird sanctuary.

Snowy white egret bird sanctuary.