We left our dog Bib at the Kennel on June 19th.

June 20 11AM-1PM

The next morning we packed the Freestyle and drove to Port Arthur.
We toured the Museum of the Gulf Coast. We then drove to the Old Orange Cafe located in Orange. The lunch was excellent. Jim Temme and I had soft shelled crab sandwiches. Cora had a shrimp salad and I don't remember what Carol Temme ordered. We then proceeded to La Maison d'Orange at Cherry and Tenth where we would spend the night.

June 20 3PM-5PM

Cora and I went on to Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center on Park Avenue. Staff at this facility was in the process of closing up for Tropical Storm Cindy. So, we were allowed to park in the area reserved for members. We proceeded into the green houses. Exiting the green houses, we toured the vegetable beds. Next we came to a lake near Adams Bayou. The Gardens include a number of trails that meander through the woods. We returned to the La Maison d'Orange. We had supper at Spankys on 12th Street being highway 87. We played two hands of the Hand and Foot with four decks of cards.

June 21 9AM-10AM

The rains of Cindy chased us through the roads of east Texas and west Louisana. We arrived in Natchitoches at 4 PM, eating an afternoon meal at Mamas. We settled into our rooms at the Church Street Inn. In the evening, we played two more hands of the card game. The next morning, we had breakfast at the Inn. After breakfast on the 22nd, we walked to the Bascillica of the Immaculate Conception, which was next to the Church Street Inn. After touring the Bascillica, we found a number of interesting things at their book store. We continued through town. We also found several items to purchase at Kaffie-Frederick Inc. We then drove down the Cane River Lake.

June 22 11PM-PM

We arrived atMelrose Plantation where, again the staff was closing for Cindy. The drive to Dickinson was trough showers that occurred off and on, until we reached Beaumont.

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