Day 21: Mostly New Orleans

Lots of traffic from roadwork and accidents slowed me down some today in New Orleans.  But I banged through most of my list.  Just a few hours left I think for tomorrow.  Then, lots more LA to accomplish after that.  I’m hearing something about rain tomorrow afternoon.  I’ve had a good run lately.  There were just a few cloudy hours this morning and then more blue skies after that.

The dogs spent lots of time outside the van today.  Water romps at a state park and in Slidell.  Then I managed to sneak in a couple legit dog parks in New Orleans.  One in the French Quarter (Cabrini Park) was surprisingly big and had a hose and kiddie pools which was a really nice.  It was HOT today for dogs that run a lot.  In the afternoon, we checked out the “park” (not fenced) at Broadway & Leake.  There were some big bullying dogs that kept stealing my dogs toys.  Both Nik and Grem got roughed up.  I even got knocked over by a Doberman that sailed into me from behind.  So we were not there long!  We’ll stick to our own improvised vacant lots & such as I find them.

I ended the day with meeting Terry Toler who runs the Frostop in La Place.  I’ve long been fascinated with this chain and this location has been in her family since the beginning (1958).  Their recently restored, revolving giant neon mug is worth the schlep westward if you’re ever in the New Orleans area.  So now I’m extra late in getting stuff up to Flickr & the blog — but it was a very fun visit.

Let’s get to it.  I was told that this cute Snow Castle ice cream stand in Lacombe, LA was a fireworks place for many years.  I imagine those pointy corner pieces were originally painted to look like rockets:


This sign was in or around Michoud, LA.  The bottom of the sign was unremarkable, trust me.  I can never get enough of mortar & pestle signs:

This place had been on my list for awhile:  Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World in Algiers (New Orleans).  They are most famous for the fiberglass stuff they make for Mardi Gras parade floats.

They let me walk around in a couple buildings and I took some photos — this is just a sampling:

Moving on to New Orleans stuff for the rest of this post.  I don’t believe this is an old painted sign — but I could be wrong.  I don’t think they even have “Little Debbie Snack Cakes” down here — but I could be wrong.  This is sort of an inside joke since I HATE being called “Debbie”:

Two impressively huge neon parking signs on the same block:

A pretty but sad theatre.  But that’s not the main reason I’m posting this one.  Do you see that dark spot in the sky to the left of the sign tower?  Well, this has been making me nuts for about a week now.  I have cleaned, with solution and microfiber cloth, my filter and my lens many times and this thing will not go away.  I have been photo-shopping the dot out when it’s in an obvious place.  I’ll have to get this looked at or fixed when I get home.  I hope I haven’t damaged the lens somehow.  I always  have the UV filter on.  But I have been getting a lot of rain on this trip.  Maybe I just need a cleaning – hopefully, not a new lens.  Although I do have a 5-year warranty or something.  Any ideas what the cause of this spot might be? 

I like the delicate detail of this building, the big sign, the variation in curtains — oh, just everything:

Last one for the night.  A lot of people have already shot this for Flickr I think – but I’ll include  it anyway.  It’s pretty massive as these painted signs go.  And I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been messed with and is authentic: 

18 thoughts on “Day 21: Mostly New Orleans

  1. Hi, I look forward to your pictures every night as you travel. The spot is probably on the sensor inside the camera, I don’t know what type of camera you are using but this happens frequently on digital slrs as dust gets inside the camera when lenses are changed. I have also seen it happen on non-interchangable lens cameras but don’t know what fixes there may be.

    • This camera takes a lot of abuse in the van and is exposed to all kinds of dust, sand, and dog hair. Hopefully, it’s something that can be cleaned easily and not cost me a fortune. I just hope this dot doesn’t appear somewhere they I can’t fix.

  2. I’d be absolutely shocked if they didn’t sell Little Debbies in the south. I’ve never seen a logo with that version of the girl’s face, but from the way the corrugated steel has rusted and the paint has faded, FWIW I’d say it isn’t a recent reproduction.

    Re parking garages – those spindly little pipe handrails would be of no use if a car rolled back into them. We had a fatal accident here in Lexington a couple of years ago when a pickup truck hit a large piece of precast concrete and sent it to the ground. The garage owners really need to step up on those two structures for an upgrade – I hope they are aware.

  3. I absolutely love the cat logo on the OK Storage – N.O. has so many great signs and sights. You’ve captured lots of wonderful things on this trip.

    When you coming thu Kansas?!

    • Thanks, Bulldoggrrl, for mentioning the cat image. Didn’t catch it.

      Can’t say for sure, but they probably sell Little Debbie’s in space. Or so I’d like to think.

      Thanks as always, roadsidenut, for blogging your travels.

      • You’re welcome. Yes, I was happy to include SOMEthing with a cat for cat-lovers out there who have probably had enough of my dog photos.

    • Kansas & Missouri are this summer (August). That’s the Midwest trip — this is the Southern one. I usually head south in Spring to escape the cold Northeast. Then I head westward in summer.

  4. I’m guessing it’s not dust, but a very small water spot. I’ve had the same problem before.

    Most camera shops can clean your sensor – but some may charge what seems a ridiculous price. You can do it yourself, but you have to be careful. The stores should also sell kits for cleaning the sensor.

    (This is all assuming you are using a DSLR, not a point and shoot)

    • It is a DSLR — but I’m too afraid to open ‘er up myself. Might negate my warranty. I’ll just have to deal with it til I get home. Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. It was the weirdest thing. I was all fretting about how I was going to have to drive to NJ to get the camera looked at. It’s under warranty. I had tried the auto self-contained lens cleaning formatting thing a couple times and the dot was still there. Then just before I was about to take it in, the dot went away. On its own. No sign of the dot since and I’ve taken several hundred photos. Maybe a speck of dust that just finally fell out? A water speck that dried and died?

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