Arriving in Pensacola today
We stopped over in Mississippi for a couple of days to recover from the long driving days since leaving Logan. We arrive in Pensacola tomorrow and are looking forward to seeing everyone.
I put a camera in the 5th wheel before we pulled out of the RV park in Louisiana.
It is amazing how much a slightly bumpy road is translated to movement in the rig.
I have always heard that RV's experience a series of earthquakes when being towed.
Most of the rattling comes from dishes. It is important to pack cabinets carefully.
Finally! I have wanted to visit the Tabasco plant since I was very young. Back in the 60's, 'My' Papa cooked a lot of great meals. I liked sitting with him and he would let me sample the gumbo, jambalaya, or whatever he was cooking. One day he was adding Tabasco to the pot and I asked if I could try it. He put a drop of Tabasco on a saltine cracker for me to taste. It is great and I was hooked on it!
It is amazing that ALL the Tabasco products come from Avery Island, Louisiana.
The museum was very nice and informative about the origins of Tabasco. The McIlhenny family has always been very supportive of the military. John McIlhenny was a rough rider with Theodore Roosevelt. We always loved getting the small Tabasco bottles in MRE's that were handed out to us after Hurricane Ivan in September of 2004.. I only took a few pictures in the museum. They even have a bottle Tabasco from the one of the earliest batches sold.
The tour of the plant was very informative. I knew that Tabasco was aged 3 years in barrels but did not know that the barrels are covered with a layer of salt to protect the sauce from contamination.
I think we found the perfect size Tabasco bottles.
After the tour, we had lunch at the 1868 Restaurant on site. They had a wide selection of sauces at each table. I tried all of them just to be polite.
Shawna had a sampler platter and I had the Crawfish Etouffee. The food was wonderful.
The store has an amazing variety of Tabasco products. In the back of the store, they have a tasting line with every type of Tabasco made. They even had honey from the bees on the island. It was not spicy so I think the bees did not get the message to pollinate only the hot pepper plants. They have all the types of pepper sauce, sweet pepper sauce, steak sauce, mustards, honey (from hives on the island), and everything in between.
New rule on picking RV parks.
Last night was ridiculous! The interstate was very close to the RV park and the noise was difficult to sleep through.
Our new rule is we do not stay at RV parks less than 1/4 mile (1600 feet) off the interstate and more than 1/2 mile is prefered.
The roads in Louisiana are like an amusement ride. Bouncing you all over the place.
We know that Louisiana has very rough roads including the interstates.
Shawna got a FitBit for her birthday and it registered that she got 3,000 steps while riding in the truck for 2 hours.. Throughout Texas, it never got confused but Louisiana is a different story. It's pretty bad when the roads are so bad that the bouncing is registered as steps.
We drove long days to get as far as I-10 to avoid the ice and snow that was predicted for the middle of Texas. We stopped overnight in Levelland. Yes, it is VERY level.
Today, we drove to Junction, Texas and plan to stay an extra day so we will not be driving during the rain. It will be chilly but it is not predicted to get lower than the mid 30's overnight.
Today we started our trip back to Florida. We hope that we will have warmer weather. At least it would be nice if we did for a little while. The lows at the lake were below 30 degrees and several times they were in the low 20's.
We are making a quick push south as the forecast for Friday is for snow and icy conditions as far south as Lubbock, Texas.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...