Driving the highway through the city of New Orleans was a sobering experience. The devastation from hurricane Katrina could still be viewed. It is hard to believe that it’s been nearly 8 years since the city was ravaged by the storm itself and then submerged due to the failure of the levees. Driving also provided a bit of a challenge. There was a huge population difference between Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. The roads were very crowded. In addition, the directional lanes were divided by large medians of grass. It definitely took a bit of a learning curve to get used to finding a break in the median to get to where you wanted to go.
I don’t know what I expected when we selected a state park as our destination, but I was definitely surprised when we arrived to find it was simply a turn off the highway in a busy business district. After briefly checking in at the park office, we made our way to the camping area of the park. As we drove the road towards the camp ground the urban sights and sounds disappeared and we found ourselves surrounded by trees with nice grassy lots. Each site had full power and water. The campground also had two playgrounds, hot showers, and free laundry. It was already dusk when we arrived at the site. We set up quickly and settled in for the night. Thus began our 14 day stay in New Orleans.