New Orleans – Audubon Park via the St. Charles Streetcar

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True confessions, this isn’t the streetcar I rode out to Audubon park on.

I’m here in New Orleans at a convention but Monday morning is mainly convention business meetings so I got up and had me a parfait from Starbucks cuz I’m trying to be healthy at least for a few hours and then I walked up Poydras Street from the hotel to St. Charles and caught the streetcar from there to Audubon Park.

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I have been to New Orleans several times now but have never set foot on a street car because I was unsure how one paid and where they went and so on and kind of worried about the safety of it all especially since former New Orleans Saint football player Will Smith was murdered in the Garden District just a day or so ago and Audubon Park is in the Garden District.

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My first New Orleans geocache in several years. Boy did I take heat on facebook for this. Everybody is going “Aren’t you supposed to be working?” Hey, you take care of you, and I’ll take care of me! Deal.!?

I checked the world wide interwebs and it was kind of strange. People said that despite the New Orleans being the murder capital of the USA, they didn’t feel nervous about putting their garbage out late at night. Whoa, it had never occurred to me to worry about taking the garbage out anywhere I have lived. Should I startt?

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Well, I was very brave. I headed out on the streetcar without a weapon, not even a knife or even pepper spray.

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Well guess what, Audubon Park is pretty mellow, people walking their dogs, coeds from Loyola and Tulane jogging (how come lots more young women run than men???) old folks walking their dogs. It was a very chill scene (did I say that right? I’m an old guy and I know that I risk making a fool of myself when I pretend that I’m hip.) (Although at this point, I’m beyond caring what people think.)¬†

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Anyways I didn’t go to the Zoo. I walked the two miles around the golf course and it was nice. Huge old oak trees.

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Lots of them, and I took lots of pics of them. The trees are alive!!

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This looks like a former street to me. Trees and lights on both sides. What’s up.

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They have paved trails with politically correct divisions between bikers and runners and dirt trails also.

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And some dinosaur looking birds which I think are cormorants but I’ve come to find out that there are a gazillion different types of cormorants as well.

So I walked a little over two miles, took a trip out and a trip back on the Streetcar and started the convention in a very chill mood which I have maintained through the whole day.

And so I was able to visit the L.A. Turbines Voodoo Chapel and get rid of some bad ju ju and reinfore good ju ju. I love a vendor owned by a Belgian, don’t you? Especially one who is generous with Belgian Beer.

4 thoughts on “New Orleans – Audubon Park via the St. Charles Streetcar

  1. Driller's Place

    I’ve been warned, more than once by my wife, about my solo photo excursions without notifying her of my exact whereabouts. I’m glad that my safety is a concern to her, but I still probably wander off to places that I should not go unassisted. It’s more about potential falls and medical issues than dangerous environments. I’m trying to get better at keeping her informed. Those live oak trees in New Orleans are spectacular. Like you, I could get lost in my world of exploration and just “Chillin”. Have a great conference.

  2. Linja

    Nice to see those beautiful trees! Here we worry about taking out the trash at night because bears have been roaming through the neighborhood. One neighbor reported that a big bear was in his carport going through the garbage!

  3. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    Beautiful park!! Our first visit (prior to Katrina) we stayed in the French Quarter and I remember spending some time figuring out how to use the streetcars. WE did it too though and that was where we saw the St Patrick’s Day Parade — one we will never forget. I should do a throwbackpost about that sometime.

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