A long day in the Big Easy! (Day 1)
After waking up at 3 o’clock in the morning to catch a 6:50 flight, the day began with an almost celebrity sighting on the plane. There was slight turbulence and a few loud passengers, but we were able to block it out by sleeping. Upon landing and getting the rental car we thought of different activities for the week. We arrived at the East Jefferson YMCA and were given a difficult task. We had only $125.00 to spend for a week of groceries for seven people. We were smart buyers and came in $36.00 under budget. After, we had a picnic of peanut butter and jelly, grapes, and tortillas. Once lunch was finished we took a relaxing drive around the city, saw a few sights, and caught a few winks, while we tried to find our way to the French Quarter.
At the French Quarter we walked through St. Louis Cathedral and admired the architecture of the church. We then strolled along Royal St, which is famous for its art galleries. One shop that we spent much time in was the mask shop. We all tried on various masks, took a group picture, and learned the culture of the New Orleans’ mask making. The next few hours were spent perusing shops and admiring the Mississippi River, where we watched a man catch an eel. A delicious dinner was spent at the Gumbo Shoppe where we drowned our seafood in hot sauce, the traditional Creole condiment. Our evening ending with Beignets at the world famous Café Du Monde and we were covered in powdered sugar. We look forward to a good night sleep before heading off to the habitat sight for a seven a.m. start.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.
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