The last leg of our road trip
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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.
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.
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.