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Week of March 25, 2012

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Holy Idaho! I am not sure where to begin this blog; there is so much to tell you! Most importantly, we stayed in Seattle until Saturday. On Saturday Louie sent us a text saying he was on his way to Mardi Gras. Geo and I both know that Mardi Gras is a festival that takes place in New Orleans. But the strange part is that Mardi Gras (often called Carnival) is officially the Tuesday (“Fat Tuesday”) before Lent begins and is celebrated in New Orleans for much longer than one day and even by those who may not observe Lent! We both know that Mardi Gras is OVER already for this year. So why in the world would Louie be going there for Mardi Gras? We still wonder if someone stole his phone, if Louie is in trouble, or if Louie has lost his memory. It certainly seems like he has lost track of the calendar. He must trust us though, because he just sent the following text:

Text from Louie: Pontchartrain Hotel is gr8.

So now we are off to figure out where this hotel is located and head there ASAP.

     - Meri

Here is a picture we found of Mardi Gras. There are a LOT of people!

This is the St. Louis cathedral. Isn't it beautiful?

A picture of a river boat on the great Mississippi River!

Monday Night

After spending about an hour investigating, we did learn a lot about New Orleans (and Pontchartrain Hotel). This city is a major port in the United States and the largest city in the state of Louisiana. Its nickname is “The Big Easy.” The Mississippi River, which runs through the city of New Orleans is nicknamed "Old Man River." Does your town or city have any neat nicknames?

New Orleans has one of the busiest and largest ports in the entire world! The city is located in southeastern Louisiana, right near the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain (do you remember what hotel we are looking for?), and Lake Borgne. The city is a little over 100 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. New Orleans has a total area of about 350 square miles, close to half of which is water! The city is actually located on the Mississippi river delta . The area along the river has many ridges and hollows .

The exact map coordinates for New Orleans is 29°57, 53 N 90°4, 14 W. The climate of New Orleans is classified as a humid subtropical climate . The winters are short and mild. The summers are very hot and humid. The city gets about 64 inches of rain each year. The summer months have the most rain. New Orleans also experiences the threat of hurricanes . This city has a higher risk from hurricanes because of its low elevation . It has been referred to as Louisiana’s sinking coast, because the city is surrounded by water from the north, south, and east. Several severe hurricanes have struck the area. The most damaging was Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Thankfully, by the time the hurricane hit, most of the residents of the city had evacuated (or left the city). However, the damage was still terrible and nearly the entire city was flooded. Some people even lost their lives. It was a terrible tragedy in United States history.

We do have some exciting Louie news. Earlier today we visited the Pontchartrain Hotel and showed our ONE picture of Louie to the people working there. They said they had seen a man who looked very similar to Louie walking around the area with a mask on his face and talking all about the French Quarter? But since they couldn’t see his face, they couldn’t be 100% sure it was him. Neither Meri nor I had any idea what the French Quarter was, so we researched a bit. It is actually the oldest and most famous neighborhood in New Orleans. There are many historical buildings and beautiful architecture. We are still curious about WHY Louie would be wearing a mask? Could he really think it is still Mardi Gras? This story just keeps getting crazier! It was too late to head to the French Quarter tonight, so we will be going there to search for Louie tomorrow. We will update our blog when we learn more about this mysterious case!

Do any of our followers know what the capital of Louisiana is? Take a look at the state map below and see if you can find its capital city.

     - Geo

This is the kind of mask that Louie was wearing, according to the people who saw him.

Here is an old pharmacy that we visited in New Orleans.

Here is a street found in the French Quarter of New Orleans. I love the balconies.


Map of Louisiana
Check out this map (be sure to take a look at the legend). Can you figure out which city is the state capital of Louisiana? What other information do they give you in the legend?

Tell Geo and Meri what to do:

- Is the capital of Louisiana Baton Rouge?

- Is the capital of Louisiana New Orleans?

- Is the capital of Louisiana Shreveport?







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