Dave & Dot's 25th Anniverary Tour

Week 2 - Orlando, FL to New Orleans, LA

Sunday, October 7th - We Get Lost, We Find Our Way . . . A Very Long Day!

We were up a 4 am this morning. Again, due to 9/11 we had to leave for the airport by 5 am for an 8:00 flight. There was no traffic and the airline was accepting baggage at the curb so there were no problems at all getting everyone checked in. I took Dot and the girls to Cinnabon's for breakfast and soon it was time to bid everyone goodbye. This was the day when all in our group headed back to Sacramento, while Dot and I began a 4 week tour of the Southeastern U.S. We made a circle of prayer and gave everyone hugs, but when it came time to say goodbye to the girls, it was very hard and tearful.

Melissa & Liz had had a great time this week and they were the most well-behaved of the group! Everyone in the group commented on how they loved them and thought that we were really blessed to have them as our grandchildren. We had to agree. Still, it was hard to let them go. They were in good hands. Joe and Debbie took charge of the girls and called us with an update when they reached Dallas to switch planes. Their parents called us when they reached Sacramento. Now that we knew they were all right we could focus on completing the rest of our trip.

Dot and I left the airport around 7am and in the process of heading north, got the freeway going the wrong directions and spent an hour making our way back to the west coast of Florida. Once we did that, it was smooth sailing the rest of the day. Dot made me stop twice for a nap (I really needed it) and 12 hours after we left our group at the airport, we entered New Orleans, LA, the first stop on the rest of our 5 week adventure.

Our residence for the next couple of nights would be the Historic French Market Inn located on the corner of Decatur and St. Louis streets. It is right across the street from the Great Mississippi river (and another Hard Rock!) and just down the street from Emeril Lagase's NOLA restaurant. Oh, and right on the edge of the famous French Quarter of New Orleans. Oh, and one more thing . . . just down the road: the delicious Cafe du Monde home to the coffee and beniets!