|Soy Beans planted on Sugar Cane ridges|
|Local Visitor at Restaurant|
After Cal was on his way, the gentleman and I continued visiting for a while. I later caught up with Cal and went on into Donaldsonville. I could not find any motels, so I inquired at a bank drive-thru as to where the closest motels were in the area. About 5 minutes – at the foot of the “Sunshine Bridge”! This area along the Mississippi has lots of chemical plants (like the two that just had explosions). The Mississippi River is one busy place in this area. There are lots of temporary workers in the area. The first motel was full, so we did not know what we had ahead of us. The second one had space, but it is full of workers in the skilled trades.
The “Sunshine Bridge” – why such a name for a bridge? It is named after the song sung by Gov. Jimmy
Davis, “You are my Sunshine”. For a long time it was a “bridge to nowhere” (into
a swamp), but it was one of the few bridges to cross the Mississippi. Today it is one very busy bridge!
|Emma Plantation House|
|Chemical Plants along the Mississippi River|
|Sunshine Bridge over the Mississippi River|
|Barges on the Mississippi River|
After cleaning up and resting we went across the river to where two Plantation homes are located between Burnside and Darrow. The one home (Bocage Plantation) is not open on Mondays, so that left the Houmas House. We spent the rest of the afternoon at the Houmas House and Gardens. The 'Big House' is actually the home of the Plantation owner. He is actually there right now and later while walking in the gardens we met him. They are expanding the business by adding B&B cottages on the grounds. At this point they have 8 finished and by October will have a total of 22 cottages to rent.
The house was wonderful – It is lived in. You could sit down on any chair and touch anything you wanted!!!! Plus take photos, with a flash. The owner is a very rich bachelor!! He uses the old desk as his office desk - the 21st century computer was on the desk and he sleeps in the bedroom adjoining the office.
|Dining Room table|
|Spiral Staircase from below|
|Photo op on a Bridge in the Gardens|