What a great way to start the day- visit a cemetery. St. Louis Cemetery #1 was established in 1789 and is still in use today. The above ground tombs and vaults are mostly due to French and Spanish culture, not the unstable water table in New Orleans.
Another piece of Hurricane Katrina History. The story goes something like this.
1. Boat purchased brand new from a local boat dealer. (beautiful boat, 250 HP engine)
2. Two weeks later, Katrina arrives, boat owners take the boat out of the marina and store in a Medical Center underground. (one of the owners was a Doctor)
3. Katrina arrives, and wipes out the marina, 200 patients stranded at the Medical Center. Medical Center employees find the boat and use it to ferry patients to dry land.
4. Regular citizen Kenny Bellau (in a canoe) comes across Medical Center employees who are in the boat, they are finished using the boat, and he talks them into letting him have the boat.
5.Ken Bellau (armed with a handgun for his protection) saves over 400 people, stops store looting etc. At one point 39 people were in this boat. The boat is now located in a Museum. – it was a total loss as it sustained major damage from hitting submerged cars, fire hydrants, etc.
All good things must come to an end, tomorrow we leave New Orleans, driving west. (Erin flies home to Vancouver)