New Orleans

By Patty Wilber

We just got back from five days in New Orleans where all the walking somewhat offset all the  eating.

We went all out on touristy stuff, especially eating as many different sorts of New Orleans food as possible: muffaletta, beignets, crab cakes, Po Boy, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, eggs on crab cakes with with hollandaise sauce, biscuits, alligator, oysters, andouille sausage…and probably some stuff I forgot. To keep from feeling like walking whales, we often split stuff.  That really helped.

Beignets, crab cake hollandaise.

Other highlights:

The World War II museum.  We spent four hours there and needed about 12.  It very interactive, detailed and huge. This is one NOT to miss.

Kayaking.  There is an astonishing amount of water in Louisiana.  Especially compared to NM! It was nice to get out of the city, too.  We went to an area that had flooded during hurricane Ida.  A lot of trees had been toppled. This had some benefit to the wetlands though, by creating new openings in the swamp canopy and also providing new underwater habitat.

While kayaking, we saw several small alligators, a barred owl, two raccoons attempting to make baby raccoons–way up in a tree, ibis, limpkins (a big bird), bright pink invasive apple snail eggs that contain a neurotoxin to protect them from being eaten, and plenty of bald cypress.  Bald cypress drop their needles in winter and go bald.

Alligator–maybe 7 feet long.

Barred owl that let us float with in 10 feet and get a nice photo!

A carriage ride. All the carriages are drawn by mules instead of horses.  This is because (according to our driver) mules are far more heat resistant than horses.  Summer in New Orleans is hot and humid, so for animal welfare, only mules are allowed to pull tourists around in carriages in the city.

Liza Jane

Mules are a cross between a male donkey and a female horse.  Donkeys are more heat resistant than mules and mules and more heat tolerant than horses although all three are fairly well adapted to heat according another article that now I cannot find.

Next to camels, donkeys are the most heat tolerant domestic animal.  They save water by reduced sweating, can tolerate lack of water for 2 to 3 days, and can lose 25% of their body weight in water loss, with no adverse effects.  They rapidly rehydrate when water is again available.  They can also allow their body temperature to increase when it is hot (from 36.5 to 39 C), thus acting as a “heat sink”.  (Donkey, 2011 by J. Bough).

So, mules have some of these attributes and sources seem to agree that most mules do tolerate heat better than most horses.

(Horses, on the other hand, are better adapted to cold, according to this article.)

It was not a hot day when Liza Jane gave us our ride. But temperatures in the 60F range were sure nice compared to 17 F when we left NM!

Ferry across the Mississippi. Two bucks! We listened to a bit of live music in Algiers, and played darts. And ate.

Mississippi River. We ferried to the side you can see behind us. New Orleans has a busy port and we saw cruise ships and plenty of barges like the one in back of our heads.

The aquarium was on our list but is closed Tuesday and Wednesdays, so we missed it.

Bourbon and Frenchman streets.  We were too tired after our days of walking to hit these streets at night, but we had fun wandering them during the day. And eating.

Frenchman Street with Swedish Welcome. We had a beer here.

All in all, it was a fun and educational trip!!


About BlogPatty

Here's the skinny: I have a thing for horses. They make sense to me. I have a small horse training business (it's a "boutique" training business, not because it's super fancy, but because the horses get a lot of personal attention). I also go by Dr. Wilber, and teach biology full-time at a Central New Mexico Community college.
This entry was posted in The Write Horse and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to New Orleans

  1. dorannadurgin says:

    Sounds pretty darned awesome! Glad you had such a good (and safe) trip!

Comments are closed.