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2003, Baton Rouge © R. Craig Collins, 2003/8
Baton Rouge for Thanksgiving
We left home about 4:00, and almost immediately ran into rain and traffic. Just north of Huntsville the rain was so bad that there were several accidents that all but stopped the flow on I-45. So after taking an hour to go one mile, we decided any port in a storm, and got off the freeway and ate at Denny's.
The rain kept up all the way to Baton Rouge, but as it got later, traffic got lighter, and visibility and road conditions were always fairly good, so we made it to the Baymont in Baton Rouge about 12:30, just about an hour later than I had hoped for.
The next morning, we had breakfast at the hotel, then drove out to Nottoway Plantation. It is the largest southern plantation, and the tour guides were very good.
We had lunch at Shoney's, with a turkey dinner buffet that wasn't too bad. Lots of turkey, dressing, potatoes, bread, and even pumpkin pie. That afternoon we drove around downtown, and saw the old and new capitols, the pentagon barracks, and Artillery park. It was raining pretty hard, and nothing was open, but it was a fun tour.
The new, art deco capitol.
That night, we went to see a movie, Timeline, which Gracie enjoyed a lot. Dinner was tacos at Jack in the Box, and dessert were Blizzards at McDonald's, the only places in the area open.
Friday we headed back downtown, and toured the Destroyer, the USS Kidd. It was moored next to a riverboat and a nautical museum, which included many great scale models, and an actual P-40 Tomahawk aircraft.
The USS Kidd