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A Week In the Bayou, Day Two: May 2, 2008

May 16th, 2008 (10:18 am)
bouncy

current mood: bouncy

Now that my computer and LiveJournal are allowing it, let's head back to Louisiana for another day of photos! Oh, and thanks to astein142   for pointing out that my photos would contain a record of the time they were taken. My software didn't keep it exactly where you suggested it might be, but it was no problem to find it once I knew to look.

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I had arrived in Baton Rouge only the night before, so this was the first full day of the trip. Much of it had to be spent in an NFPW board meeting. But we also had some fun.

 
2:20 p.m. It was threatening rain, but I wanted to see the Mississippi River in daylight (such as it was) before our afternoon meeting started. This was taken from the levee adjacent to the hotel. The bridge is the same one that was lit up in my photos from the night before. The riverboat is for gambling; you could reach it from my hotel without ever going outside, by walking through the atrium and then into the attached buildings and along the enclosed pier. No, I didn't gamble. Time was short, and I really dislike gambling. Besides the financial risk, I mostly just find it boring.

 
2:21 p.m. This was taken from the same spot on top of the grassy levee, but facing away from the river. That highrise hotel with the red writing at the top, the Sheraton, was where I was staying. As soon as I finished taking these pictures, the rain began, just in time for me to be heading inside for our 2:30 meeting.

 
6:23 p.m. Our board meeting over for the day, we set out to walk a few blocks toward the Louisiana State Museum, where a reception was planned for us. We lucked out, again, with the rain. It ended around the same time that our meeting did, and started again only after we were safely inside at the museum. Then it stopped again before our trip home later that evening. By the way, the tall building in the distance is the State Capitol, built by Huey P. Long.

 
6:26 p.m. We arrive at this wonderful museum for our reception. The reception was much more elaborate and bountiful than the light appetizers we had expected, and included wine. I don't think any of us wanted dinner afterward. The best thing about it was that the museum was closed to other visitors, so we had the whole place to ourselves to explore the exhibits.

 
6:29 p.m. This hanging sculpture dangled over our heads in the lobby. Very cool.

 
7:10 p.m. Time to explore the exhibits, beginning with this large interactive map to orient us. Louisiana is outlined in lights here. My favorite phase was when the whole Mississippi watershed was lit up in different colors, but I couldn't seem to capture those lights in a photo.

 
7:25 Louis Armstrong, Mississippi legend and a personal favorite of mine. This portrait took up a whole wall.

 
8:00 p.m. Wonderfully tacky postcard on steroids. Accompanied by wonderfully tacky lobster on steroids. That's a real highway guardrail, to give you an idea of the scale here.

 
8:19 p.m. This dragon was part of a Mardi Gras float. And you know how I feel about dragons.

 
8:51 p.m. We arrive back at the hotel by trolley. Time to hit the bar! (And then my room, because Battlestar Galactica is on.) See you tomorrow!
 

Comments

Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: May 16th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the photo tour! Looks like a typical NFPW meeting weekend. ;)

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