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Old 11-09-2010, 05:36 AM
Judy Patsch Judy Patsch is offline
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Default Live on the New Orleans levee

Hello from New Orleans, finally. Its been 5 months since I was last down here. It was a beautiful November afternoon when I arrived yesterday, just in time to catch the NATCHEZ' 2:30 trip. At 2:22 Capt. Don asked if I wanted to 'talk', so I narrated the trip. I was a bit apprehensive since I didn't know what changes had occurred in 5 months along the way, but the few that had were positive. Jackson Barracks has reopened, although the historic garrison along the river is still under reconstruction. The CREOLE QUEEN was down at Chalmette Battlefield, so the Battlefield is once again open for tours, and the CQ obviously has enough business to run some day trips. (The NATCHEZ has been running all 3 daily trips since last spring.) She had a charter last night, so I took the evening to get a bit organized, visit my former neighbor Ott in the BK courtyard(my apartment is still empty), and retrieve my bike and golf clubs from storage there. A couple pictures from my few hours here so far:
1 and 2 the sandbar previously discussed in a couple of threads. With low water here now, this emerges even bigger than ever at the foot of the Moonwalk, just downriver from the NATCHEZ. There was a woman and her dog running around on it before I could grab my camera. That's Capt. Don Houghton on the wing bridge. To show the relative water levels, normally those steps coming down from the Moonwalk touch the water or have several steps submerged.
3) My view from my balcony on Barracks at LeRichelieu. The two story house in the distance on the right with the U.S. flag on the balcony is Doc's place.
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