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Thank you for visiting Tall Pines

Sign on opposite wall as we exit Tall Pines

Smoke or Fog? - Turned out to be smoke

Krotz Springs along US 190

Bridge in Krotz Springs across the Atchafalaya River

The Atchafalaya River

Part of the Morganza Spillway Bridge

Mississippi River Bridge into Baton Rouge

I-10 along a Bayou

I-10 along Swouthwest edge of Lake Ponchartrain

Cypress Trees in Southwest Lake Ponchartrain

Fed Ex aircraft landing at Louis B Armstrong Airport

I-10 entering Kenner (West New Orleans area)

One of many Canals in New Orleans

Railroad Yard in East New Orleans

Today we traveled from Tall Pines RV Park in Shreveport to Jude RV Park in New Orleans. The drive takes us down I-49 to I-10 to New Orleans. As we leave Shreveport, we thought the roadway was shrouded in fog, but it was about 11 am and the sun was out. We later smelled smoke. We went past or through the cities of Natchitoches, Natchez, Alexandria, Lecompte, Opelousas, Port Barre, Krotz Springs, Livonia, Port Allen, Baton Rouge, Gonzales, LaPlace, Kenner and Metairie before arriving in New Orleans. As we came past Opelousas, we turned onto US 190 towards Baton Rouge. As we went through Krotz Springs, we went over the Atchafalaya River and then crossed the Morganza spillway, a bridge that is about 4 miles long to allow the Corps of Engineers to flood this area is the Mississippi River threatens Baton Rouge or New Orleans. Entering Baton Rouge, we cross the Mississippi River and then turn southeast to New Orleans. As we approach New Orleans, we pass an area of bayou and then the southwest portion of Lake Pontchartrain. A good portion of I-10 to the west of New Orleans is on pylons to keep it above the water. I have not driven in New Orleans in over 25 years and now I know why I do not like big cities. The heavy traffic and inconsiderate people are intolerable. Fortunately, we are only here for two nights. Our campground here is in East New Orleans on Chef Menteur Highway.

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