Sunday, March 18, 2007


U.S. Mint in New Orleans ("O" Mint Mark)
Johnny B. With the First of Many Rounds of Beers to Come
Typical French Quarter Street
Horse and Carriage in French Quarter
U.S. Marines Marching Down Decatur St. in the French Quarter
Full Grown Miniature Horse

16 to 18 March, 2007. We crossed out of Florida, through Alabama and MIssissippi, and arrived in Louisiana mid afternoon. Then we took I-10 across Lake Pontchartrain and into New Orleans. After a few nights in hotels, etc., we got a room at the Canal St. Guesthouse, just 10 blocks from the French Quarter ($297/week for 2 people).

Thursday, March 15, 2007


15 March, 2007. Rocky and I were both pretty tired so we decided to get a hotel for the remainder of the day and night. It was 2 p.m. The important thing was that we were finally out of Tampa! There was also rain in the forecast and we would be heading right into it so a hotel was a double bonus. We got one of those discount coupon books from Denny's and found this place for a reasonable rate. There was a 24 hour truck stop restaurant across the street which we utilized twice- once for gigantic delicious hamburgers, and later for steak dinners. I was quite happy here- it was clean and quiet. The front desk even called to insure that everything was satisfactory. I especially enjoyed the fog which lingered after the rain came through.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Johnny B. in the Hotel Room
Milner Hotel Inner Courtyard

1 to 14 March, 2007. We parked the motorhome in front of Gail's and left the keys with her husband, Marc. We posted it for sale on Craigslist and put For Sale signs in the window. Then we set out to find a nearby hotel for a week. The Milner Hotel is right off I-4 on 50th St. in South Tampa. Most of the rooms were unoccupied and under construction. I estimated the occupancy at about 10% of total capacity so we had the hotel pretty much to ourselves. The central courtyard and pool was very private and well maintained. The pool was freezing cold so we never actually went swimming even though the days were quite warm. After our week was up, I complained to the front desk about a few things and got another week for $20 less with an extra free night. We took the opportunity to thin out our possessions and transfer the video we took between Florida and California (2001) to DVD so we could throw away the bulky videotapes. Anyway, we got a call for the motorhome and contacted Marc to show it. The buyer bought it on the spot and Marc took the money. A few days later, we sold the van. All of our vehicles were gone so we rented a Chrysler Pacifica SUV and headed for Louisiana.