In honor of Mardi Gras I had a post all ready written. I was going to open with the pictures above, which is the view from the bus stop where I was standing tonight. Then I was going to show pictures taken at Mardi Gras in 1973. The title was going to be "Now and Then." Then was thirty eight years ago and I've just spent an hour looking for the photographs. I assume they'll turn up tomorrow or next week, but all I have to offer for tonight is slush.
My first trip to New Orleans was in February 1973. I was a graduate student in Nashville and friends suggested we drive down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. On a tank of gas and $25.00 we were gone. No fancy meals or hotels -- I have a memory of sleeping at an Episcopal Church that let folks sleep in their social hall -- but we had the best time and it's still one of my fondest memories. I've been back a few times since that trip, with fancier acomodations and much more elegant meals, but no other visit surpassed that first trip.
Are there trips that stand out for you? Inquiring minds want to know.