Day 10 of Jumping

We are less than 6.5 hours drive from my mama’s new life and home in JAX!
Today we had the shortest driving day since we left 10 days ago from Seattle, WA. First thing we did when we woke up this morning was take the treasure box to Navivan, and get it on it’s way to my friend, Jeanne, in Utila, Honduras. (Yesterday I wrote a little more context about this, so you can read about that here.) I was excited to hear that the box would be shipped this Thursday and should make it to the island of Utila in 15-20 days. Jeanne will have some wonderful goodies before Thanksgiving!

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After that, my mom and I headed to the French Quarter in New Orleans, which is about 15 miles from the shipping warehouse. Since my mom had never been there before, I wanted to make sure she had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde on St. Peter’s and also to taste the Louisiana creole dish, jambalaya. She loved both! I think I had been craving a beignet and jambalaya for the past 10+ years since I had been here…it was heavenly, just as I remember it!

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We then strolled through the streets and made our way to the French Market. As we neared a photographer vendor, he asked me if I had a macro lens for my camera. I said no and before I knew what he was doing, he pulled a key chain of lens adaptor rings from his waist and started attaching it to my camera. Then he pulled a fisheye and macro lens from underneath his table and connected it to the adaptor. Then he stepped about 10 inches from my lens and told me to take a picture of his eye with the macro lens.

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He said he would sell it to me for $185. I declined and said I wasn’t looking to buy a lens. Then he dropped it to $100 within 15 seconds. Then he turned to my mom and told her she looked like she had lots of money and she should buy it for me, and he dropped the price down to $85. My mom and I were laughing as this salesman was trying to seal the deal all within a few minutes of us just walking by his booth. I shook his hand and said he was a brilliant salesman, but today was not my day to buy!
We realized that we needed to make some headway in driving toward JAX, so we headed back to our car and made it to Mobile, AL. Only 167 miles of driving today, but one of our most filled days of experiencing a colorful, lively city.
Hope you enjoy the images of New Orleans! If you have never been, I would say you have to experience it at least once! And make sure you try the jambalaya and beignets!

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