Start: Houston, TX
End: New Orleans, LA
Miles Driven: 361.9 (7947.6)
This morning it finally happened...cruising through the swamps of Louisiana...we got our first speeding ticket. Or as Patrick would like to point out, Katrina got our first speeding ticket. Lt. Jewelle of the Louisiana State Police kindly informed us that we were driving too fast and as Katrina apologized, he replied, "Don't worry, it's not a felony."
On the road again, and driving a little slower, we made it to New Orleans before dark. But the time of day didn't matter: people were already drinking on Bourbon Street. We picked up a daquiri-to-go as we walked around and decided upon a dinner spot. Acme Oyster House offered fresh oysters and regional Cajun/Creole dishes, which is exactly what Katrina was looking for.
After dinner we spent some more quality time on Bourbon Street. The Bourbon Blues Company attracted us with the promise of a live band, but after waiting an hour to find the band open with a cover of "3 AM" that was anything but blues-y, we continued on our way. Unfortunately Preservation Hall, which is famous for its jazz performances, was closed, so we went to its affiliated bar across the street. The jazz was fantastic at Maison Bourbon and we settled in there for the remainder of the evening.