Day 2 - Texarkana to Breaux Bridge
Today we left Texarkana and went to Shreveport. On the way out of Texarkana, we visited their Scott Joplin mural (he was born there). Here's the picture.
At Shreveport, we visited a great Southern lady, Janie Lipscomb, who's on one of our innkeeper email groups. Had a fun visit, pictures after her approval. Then went to the Norton Gallery, a really outstanding art gallery, especially with Remingtons & Russells - and lots of additional art. More Russell small bronzes than we'd seen anyplace else.
On to Natchitoches (can you pronounce that?), an old Red River town with brick-streets downtown and 32 B&Bs. The local dish is meat pie, which we tried (good).
On to Mamou - Cajun music capital. Town is a bit over 3000 and in decline. Visited with a restaurant owner (Cajun, of course), had a beer, and talked about what we've seen done by other towns to get themselves going. Wished him luck.
Drove down to Eunice and Crowley, picked up I-10 past Lafayette to Breaux Bridge, where we're at a Holiday Inn Express and ate at a Cajun Kitchen (Sandra had a crawfish sandwich, I had hot sausage).
Tomorrow it's drive down Bayou Teche to St. Martinsville & the Evangeline Oak, thenon to New Iberia, Gueydan (where my Missouri Reb grt-grandpa lived) and finally to Lake Charles for the start of the reunion parties.