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Louisiana Explorers River Road Trip


(all times figured from Lake Charles)

5:45amReport to school
6:00amLeave school for Plantations (with or without you)
6:30amRest stop Mickey D's (breakfast-restroom stop) 30min
9:00amArrive Nottoway Plantation (White Castle, LA)
11:00amLeave Nottoway
12:00pmArrive Oak Alley Plantation (Vacherie, LA)
Picnic Lunch
2:45pmLeave Oak Alley
3:00pmArrive Laura Plantation
5:00pmLeave Laura
6:45pmArrive CrawfishTown,USA, in Henderson
8:30pmLeave Henderson for home
9:30pmReststop at Mickey D's in Jennings (if needed)
10:45-11pmArrive at school

Please have someone to pick up you up at this time.
Phone will be available if we arrive earlier.


All school rules and discipline will apply before and during this trip. Remember that you are here at MY INVITATION. You may be removed at MY discretion. SMALL coolers and snacks may be brought on trip. SMALL personal radios/cassettes may be used but ONLY with earphones. BRING CAMERA AND PLENTY OF FILM.
Shorts may be worn but follow school handbook as to length and style. Dress neatly. Your seat must remain in the seat at all times, no legs, heads, or arms are to be extended into the aisle of the bus by any student. If you lay down or sleep, you must be in or on your seat only. Before breakfast and after supper, all students will sit with students of the same gender, between those times you may sit with student of your choice. No seat changing except at stops listed above.
Any violation of these rules will result in student(s) sitting in front seat with chaperons for the remaining duration of the trip.
No money will be needed except for personal souvenirs.


Nottoway Plantation, LA 1 two miles north of White Castle. Largest plantation home in the South, Italianate-style mansion completed 1859, restored in 1980. Offers glimpse of opulent life-style once enjoyed by a rare and privileged few. House has 50 rooms and 365 openings (windows and doors; one for every day of the year). Has 53,000 square feet of living area. Built by John Randolph of Virginia. Overlooks Mississippi River. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Restaurant, overnight accommodations. Admission. (504) 545-2730 or 346-8263.

Laura Plantation, recently opened for tours, Laura is the home of the Briar Rabbit stories. A raised Creole style plantation home with many outbuildings still standing.

Oak Alley Plantation3645 LA 18, near Vacherie on west bank of the Mississippi. Magnificent alley of ancient live oaks leads to Greek Revival mansion, completed in 1839 by wealthy sugar planter Jacques Telesphore Roman. Trees originally planted in early 1700's by unknown French planter. Open daily Mar-Oct 9a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Nov-Feb 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Restaurant and overnight accommodations. Admission. (504)265-2151.

Crawfish Town USA Exit 115 (Rt. 686), one mile north of 1-10. For a place that was built with tourists in mind, seats 400, You will be surprised by how good the crawfish are here, even more surprised by some of the other seafood preparations. This is a huge place that does large-volume business, but the gumbo and jambalaya are as good as those served at many of the small mom-and-pop places off the beaten path. The restaurant has become a gathering spot for state politicos from Baton Rouge who are allowed to put up a poster on the wall if they stop for dinner.
Crawfish and crabs are the main attraction. They are clean and perfectly seasoned. Crawfish Town USA is a perfectly noisy place to go with a gang of pals, or a big family group that likes to whoop it up and make a mess. After gorging on boiled seafood, you can wash at sinks located right in the dining room. Check out the jukebox packed with Cajun, Swamp-Pop, and Zydeco obscurities.
Call ahead to see if Crawfish Town is running one of their weeknight "all you can eat" specials. They are open seven days a week from 11 AM to 10 PM (318)667-6148.

Mickey D's of Jennings - 1/2 mile south of I-10 this McDonalds restaurant has been transformed into a 1950's drive-in featuring attendants wearing 50's style uniforms, a 1959 red corvette in the lobby and many great oldies on the jukebox. Tables and booths are also in the style of "Happy Days" with posters of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe hanging at every turn.

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