Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Reunion trip, Day 2
Pictures are referenced 1-A to 5-B, top left to bottom right. We left Poplar Bluff early to reach Poverty Point in time for the first tram tour. When we arrived just before 9:30, we found that the rides were preempted by a school group from Monroe. Just as well, we talked with the rangers and looked at all the exhibits, then took the driving tour of the site. If you're interested in pre-history, it's a cool place to visit, dating from 1500 BC! Pictures include one of the ridges (4-A), a smaller mound (3-A) and the large Bird Mound (4-B).
Then, it was on to Columbia, LA, which we learned about in William Least Heat-Moon's book Roads to Quoz. We visited the art gallery and had a beer at the Watermark Saloon (3-B & 5-B)- so called because of the watermark from a flood on the Ouachita (2-A).
Final en-route stop was Mamou, the "Cajun Music Capitol of the World." We ate supper at Frenchie's Restaurant (2-B), gumbo & a po-boy. Frenchie's is across the street from Fred's Lounge (1-A), which is the Cajun music equivalent of Preservation Hall. Next door to Frenchie's is a pocket park with bandstand & dance floor, and the mural of an old time Cajun wedding (1-B).
We're spending the night in a new HIE in Eunice, LA. It's full of oilfield workers, from close off-shore drilling. Today's miles: 337.1, total for the trip: 742.1. Time on road & site-seeing, 10:49.
Tomorrow, it's Gueydan and on to Lake Charles for an informal get-together.