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Water water everywhere

So Gibbs and I decided to go adventuring across Lake Pontchartrain to Mandeville. Why, you ask? Well, one of our fav rescue shelters, Animal Helper of New Orleans, was having an adoption event at Adventure Pets, a pet shop in Mandeville, and we thought showing our support would be a fun thing to do on a hot Saturday afternoon. So adventuring we went!

We’d never been across the lake before. I knew it was big, but had no idea it was 40 miles long and 24 miles wide worth of big.

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Lake Pontchartrain

We didn’t start seeing the north side of the bank until the 7 mile marker. Look way, way in the distance.

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Lake Pontchartrain

Hmm, so what happens if you get halfway across then decide you need to turn around? No problem cause they have these handy dandy crossovers for just that reason. I believe I counted seven of them.

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Lake Pontchartrain

Not sure what these little buildings are for. Maybe storage, maybe shelter for when the bridge gets worked on?

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Lake Pontchartrain

Not only does one get to experience 24 miles (one way) of riding on a bumpity bumpity bridge, a drawbridge was also added as extra entertainment value! No large ships were traveling that day so unfortunately we didn’t get to see the drawbridge in action.

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Lake Pontchartrain

Look far off in the distance, under that big cloud. Know what that is? That’s the beautiful skyline of the city of New Orleans. See that building with the white roof? That’s the Superdome where my awesome Super Bowls champion Saints play. That gives you an idea of how huge the Superdome is.

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Lake Pontchartrain

Ready for some fun facts about Lake Pontchartrain? Yeah? Ok, here they are:

The lake was created anywhere from 2,600 to 4,000 years ago. The Native Americans named it “Wide Water,” which makes perfect sense to me. Then the French came along and renamed it after Louis Phélypeaux, comte de Pontchartrain. Nah, I didn’t know who he was either. Who he was was the French Minister of the Marine, Chancellor, and Controller-General of Finances during the reign of France’s “Sun King,” Louis XIV, for whom the colony of La Louisiane was named.

It’s not a true lake, but actually an estuary and experiences small tidal changes cause it dumps into the Gulf of Mexico. Its average depth is 12 to 14′, but is dredged in some places to 65′ for those large ships that use the shipping channel. New Orleans is at the bottom of the map. That line through the middle of the lake is the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

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Lake Pontchartrain Map

I thought this was very cool: Guinness World Records has the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway listed as the longest continuous bridge over water in the world. How neat!

Oh, in case you’re wondering … it’s pronounced PAHN-chuh-trayn.

And that, my friends, was our fun adventure of the day. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Well, as much as I did … Gibbs slept through most of the ride up and back. Seeing the other dogs and picking out treats at the pet shop was more his thing.

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Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Who Dat

New Orleans. Just the sound of those words has magic in it. I’ve wanted to live in New Orleans for as long as I can remember. Everything about the city intrigued and excited me. I’ve even been a Saints fan starting way back in the ’80s when we were the sad sad ‘Aints.

I realize tons of people visit NOLA, fall in love with it, and never leave. But that’s the kicker for me … I never visited NOLA before moving here. Oh, the family passed through it once on a trip from New Mexico to Florida. I remember turning around in the seat to watch the city’s light fade away in the station wagon’s back window. But that’s as close as I got to visiting. So back in June when I moved, not knowing a soul, most people thought I was crazy. Me, heck, I just looked at it as another awesome life adventure.

The city spoke to me and drew me in. It felt familiar and safe from the moment I got here. And it feels like I’ve lived here forever even though it’s only been a tad over a month now. Why is that, I wonder. Maybe it’s along the lines of why I can’t sit with my back to a window or door. Past life experience? Intuition of some sort? Not sure, but I do know the deja vu has been incredibly strong and frequent since moving here.

Gibbs and I found an amazingly little cute apartment in an old Victorian house on Napoleon Avenue only three blocks from all the shops and restaurants and bars on glorious Magazine Street.

See the roses and gargoyle?

See the roses and gargoyle?

There are only five apartments in the house, so I don’t feel closed in by too many people. lol Want to know the best part of my apartment? It’s on the Mardi Gras parade route! I can sit on my little balcony and watch the whole parade go by. No fuss, no muss.

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Yeah, construction is on-going in the neutral ground. A pain in the ass, but it’s to help the flooding issue so we deal with it. After November 2016 it’ll be green space again.

Life is so good here. My business, Roses and Gargoyles Gardenscapes, is starting to take off already. I’ve met some really cool people. Gibbs and I are having a ball exploring the city. It’s very dog friendly, btw. There’s so much beauty and history and architecture and diversity here, it just makes my heart sing. I want to share all of that with you, and this blog is going to help me do just that.

So stay tuned cause we’re gonna have us some fun now.

Who Dat!

Jeanni and Gibbs