The last leg of our road trip

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the dining area of our room at the Blessed House

After leavig the main part of Natchitoches behind us, we headed out to the country to the Alligator Park, located only a few miles from Natchitoches.  While there we were able to hold a three foot long alligator.  We also got to feed the alligators as well as goats, emu, racoons, and other animals located there.  Then we got to enjoy a feeding show.  This is where they would hang cut up pieces of chicken over the side of the boat and the alligators would come up out of the water to try to get the chicken.  It was amazing watching the huge alligators.  Then we took a brief rest at the Gator Bait Shop it was time to hit the road.

As you well know the drive home is never as fun as the drive to get there.  We arrived back in Shreveport around 6:00 p.m. so we decided it was a good time to eat supper.  We decided on having supper at the Cracker Barrel.  After eating way to much at Cracker Barrel it was time to hit the road again.  We played goofy games in car to help pass the time as we made the three and a half hour drive back home.  We did have to make a couple of stops during that three hours mostly because we were tired after packing so much in a two day trip.

Overall we had a great time despite having to make changes to our plans due to bad weather.  I would love to go back again and visit Natchitoches sometime.  Hopefully at Christmas time when they have the parade down the Cane River along Front Street.

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My mom and sis ready for breakfast

My mom being a nurse and used to having to be at work at 6 in the morning, woke up at 5:00 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep.  Although she tried to be quiet she woke me up as well.  I did doze back to sleep until about 7:00.  Then we woke my sister up as well.  We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in our room provided by the bed and breakfast that consisted of a breakfast quiche, fresh fruit, pastries and cereal.  Then it was time to get dressed for the day ahead.  We left checked out of the Blessed House around 9:00 a.m. to start the adventures for day two. 

We drove a few short blocks and parked our car just off of front street.  We enjoyed doing a bit of shopping in the neat little stores that line the historic Front St.  While enjoying our shopping we got to enjoy the sounds of music while they were setting things up for the Jazz Festival.

Yum Yum
  While in one of the stores we met two couples who only lived a short distance from us.  After our shopping we decided to take a carriage ride through Natchitoches.  While on the ride, we learned more about the history of Natchitoches and the surrounding area.  There werew many historical buildings to see including a house with many many exterior doors.  The original owner of the house had a fear of being trapped in the house by a fires.  The ironic thing is that while numerous doors did exist on the second floor there was no balcony or stairs by which to get down from those upstairs doors. 

 After the carriage ride we went to Fort St Jean Baptiste, where we got to see a replica of what the original fort woul have looked like in the early 1700's.  The replica had several buildings including officers barracks, the soldier barracks, the store keepers house, storage buildings, and a chapel.  Then it was time to grab a bite to eat for lunch from the local McDonalds before heading to our last stop before heading home.

the dining area of our room at the…
the dining area of our room at th…
My mom and sis ready for breakfast
My mom and sis ready for breakfast
Yum Yum
Yum Yum
Mom getting ready for the day
Mom getting ready for the day
My sis eating breakfast
My sis eating breakfast
Me in our room in Blessed House
Me in our room in Blessed House
the three of us ready to hit the r…
the three of us ready to hit the …
My sis and I on the stairs that le…
My sis and I on the stairs that l…
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Mom and I on the stairs that led …
My sis and mom walking along Front…
My sis and mom walking along Fron…
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The carriage ride we took through…
Along Front Street
Along Front Street
the Cane River
the Cane River
The Levy East House Bed and Breakf…
The Levy East House Bed and Break…
another house along Front St
another house along Front St
One more house along Front St
One more house along Front St
The Blessed House
The Blessed House
The house where Steel  Magnolias w…
The house where Steel Magnolias …
The Steel Magnolia House
The Steel Magnolia House
The Steel Magnolia House
The Steel Magnolia House
Historic Front Street in Natchitoc…
Historic Front Street in Natchito…
Cane River that runs adjacent to t…
Cane River that runs adjacent to …
One of the churches located in the…
One of the churches located in th…
The old courthouse which serves as…
The old courthouse which serves a…
First Baptist Church of Natchitoch…
First Baptist Church of Natchitoc…
along the Cane River
along the Cane River
Mom and sis at Fort St Jean Baptis…
Mom and sis at Fort St Jean Bapti…
the Cane River
the Cane River
My sis along side of the Cane River
My sis along side of the Cane River
Fort St Jean Baptiste
Fort St Jean Baptiste
Fort St Jean Baptiste
Fort St Jean Baptiste
Sign at the end of the road
"Sign" at the end of the road
The Alligator Park in Natchitoches
The Alligator Park in Natchitoches
my mom at the Alligator park
my mom at the Alligator park
my sis at the Alligator Park
my sis at the Alligator Park
Me at the Alligator Park
Me at the Alligator Park
pretty as a peacock
pretty as a peacock
finally got a good picture of him
finally got a good picture of him
Feeding a goat at the Alligator Pa…
Feeding a goat at the Alligator P…
my mom feeding a goat
my mom feeding a goat
two alligators trying to warm up i…
two alligators trying to warm up …
big gator
big gator
an alligator at the alligator park
an alligator at the alligator park
fat alligator
fat alligator
Feeding time for the alligators
Feeding time for the alligators
look at that mouth
look at that mouth
another picture of the feeding sho…
another picture of the feeding sh…
feeding the gators
feeding the gators
thats a bunch of gators
that's a bunch of gators
leaving the Alligator Park
leaving the Alligator Park
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