Thursday, April 14, 2011

Reunion trip, day 3

We left Eunice about 7:30 and drove thru Crowley (Louisiana's rice capitol) to Gueydan (the duck hunting capital), where Bills grt-grandfather W.L. Truman, wrote his memoir. We talked with the newspaper editor and the Baptist preacher's wife (W.L. Truman founded the Baptist Church in Gueydan). Also visited the cemetery & took pictures of the graves of Bill's grt-grandfather & grt-grandmother plus his grandmother, all buried in the same plot.

Then it was on to Lake Charles for reunion activities. First we stopped at the "barge") as l'Auberge du Lac casino is called locally); Bill walked out $10 ahead, to make up for the $10 Sandra lost. Drove past all Bill's old schools & neighborhoods, with a stop at the visitor center at sand beach. Would you believe they have live alligators next to the visitor center? Yep.

This evening we met at a restaurant for a drink & dinner. Ran into a couple of classmates Bill hasn't seen for 50 years. Over 40 classmates & spouses showed up at this prelim event; the reunion really takes off tomorrow evening.

Tomorrow we visit the Cajun Riviera and some wildlife refuges, with maybe a side trip to Texas.

Pictures are Bill at the family plot and a view of Lake Charles' skyline across the lake.

Only 154.9 miles today, of which 32 was around Lake Charles. Total miles for the trip: 897.

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