After wonderful stay at Bay Breeze RV Park, on the Bon Secuor Bay in Alabama. I traveled west to New Orleans, for the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival. The Bay Breeze RV Park, and the very friendly owners Paulette & Jerry (and Reagan the dog), have been wonderful. To make it my perfect last day, I played 18 holes of golf (in 3 hours) and Maggie and I had our last walk on the Gulf of Mexico beach. We bid farewell to our neighbor campers at the Bay Breeze, Jim and Kathy Bloom in their beautiful vintage 1979 Airstream. Jim found it and bought it for $5,000. She is a beauty. I always have such great neighbors in campgrounds.
My golf partner Joel, a retired Alabama high school teacher, and I had a very pleasant round of golf, because I didn’t ask him if he voted for Trump. When I pulled out of the parking lot, I had to stop and ask. Yes, he voted for Trump, but his wife is a D and voted for Hilary. Joel said he would have preferred Marco Rubio. But would never, ever vote for Hilary. I had hoped since he taught civics, he might not be a Trump voter. But, Joel said he wanted change and Trump was new blood. Yep, I get that.
Taking the Dauphin Island ferry cuts an hour off the drive west, continuing across on the Dauphin Island Parkway, straight though Mississippi, to Louisiana and New Orleans. Hilary & Robin, from Anchorage, and Bruce and Lydia from Tacoma have joined me for the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz Fest. The last weekend in April, is the first weekend of the NO JAZZ, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The second weekend is the first weekend in May, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hilary and I were here in 1995, I attended the Jazz Fest with long lost friend Barbara Thorn in the 1980s, and Michelle and I came in 2010. I wish I had kept a journal, because I can’t remember dates.
A great line-up of musicians: Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Jimmy Buffett and Irma Thomas. Pals from Alaska, music, and great Cajun food. Who could ask for anything more?
Life is good, and the road ahead is long and full of promise.