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Willis and Blayde at the Louisiana Visitor Center off of I-20 at...

Willie ate a grilled shrimp salad at Antoon's Riverfront Restaurant.

I had the crab cakes with crawfish sauce (although Willie helped me...

Yesterday we took off for Shreveport, LA, so I could take the last of my nursing CEUs until November 2009. Yippeeee! It felt really fantastic to be on the road again. It was cloudy the entire day yesterday but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits one bit.

We stopped at the Louisiana Visitor Center located on I-20 on the TX/LA state line and enjoyed our simple lunch in the most pleasant of surroundings. Using a bungee cord (I love bungee cords) we rigged up a run-line for Blayde so he could move about as we enjoyed the cool breeze and green grass. Louisiana really does a nice job of caring for this visitor center and rest area. They even have a free dump station and drinking water for RVs should we have needed it.

We then drove on to Shreveport and found where my class was to be and settled in to overnight park outside the conference center for the night as we knew there was a big storm coming. As the storm blew in we realized that all the buildings around us had lost their electrical power, they even had to close WalMart due to the power outage!

Despite the storm blowing outside we had a wonderful night’s sleep (in fact we almost overslept and I was nearly late to my class) and I attended my “The Healthy Heart: Advances in Cardiovascular Health” class without any problems.

The big question was then “to Tucson or to Natchitoches”? My brother Michael had an accident with his motorcycle and is currently in the ICU in Tucson. We have been trying to decide if we should go to be with him or if we should go to Natchitoches as originally planned. After calling Jodie (Michael’s wife) in Tucson, and my parents in Mt. Pleasant, we decided that as Michael is doing better than he has been doing the last few days it would be okay to continue to Natchitoches. This decision, of course, is with the understanding that if he were to not continue his “upward trend” towards recovery we would hit the interstate and head for Tucson pronto.

As soon as we got to Natchitoches this evening we ate dinner at a wonderful restaurant, Antoon's Riverfront Restaurant, in the historic distric on the Cane River Lake. We were both so hungry! We then decided we better find a place to park for the night so we would be rested for our fun day tomorrow. So, here we are overight parking in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Natchitoches (of course I went in the store and enjoyed a little "retail therapy" - spent money - while here, too). The weather has cleared up wonderfully and it promises to be a fun day tomorrow.

Happy travels, Rebecca

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