Archive for June 2010

New Orleans Jazz

The New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park is a fairly new park established in 1994. The site is only a few blocks from the Jean Lafitte National Park headquarter, in the middle of the French Quarter. On our visit we had the pleasure of experiencing Jazz music first hand. Their was a live Jazz Band. The location is very small, and in a very nondescript building, only a small sign on the outside. The French Quarter location does have not have 7 day a week operating hours like most parks, … Continue reading

Jean Lafitte

The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is comprised of six parks. Each park is really worth a visit as they are all unique and showcase treasures of southern Louisiana. Truly each one could stand on its own as a park. We only visited four of the six parks, but we have a ton to share about our experiences.

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Chalmette Battlefield
We visited Chalmette Battlefield first; this was not our favorite in the group, but it still had a lot of information. The highlight … Continue reading

Gulf Islands

We stopped in at this National Park on a trip to visit some of my husband’s family in southern Louisiana.  His sister and mom were with us and we had a destination to reach by dinner, so we did not spend quite as much time as we might have otherwise.  Boat trips can be arranged from the Davis Bayou Area, where the Visitor Center is located, to the barrier islands.  Visitors are able to camp, swim, and fish on most of the islands.  Those interested in camping must request a … Continue reading


After an exciting day in Plains, GA that lasted longer than expected, we did not have as much time in Andersonville as we had originally hoped.  Without a doubt, however, our experience at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site was well worth the delay!

In talking about the National Park System with friends in Georgia, many mentioned visiting Andersonville in the past.  Not only does this park commemorate the Union Soldiers once held captive on these grounds in Camp Sumter, but it also serves as a memorial to all American … Continue reading

Jimmy Carter

The night after we took my mom and grandma to Kennesaw Mountain and the MLK, Jr. Historic Site, they were looking at our Passport Book to see where else we could take them!  I’m not sure if they were really as into the Passport program as we were, or if they were just being supportive, but not one of us will ever regret the decision we made that evening.  The plan was to wake up early and drive to Plains, Georgia and Andersonville, Georgia.

Plains, Georgia held quite a … Continue reading

Martin Luther King, Jr.

This was not my first visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr.  Historical Site, but it was the first for Damon.  The site consists of several buildings including what I would call, two different museums.  The Visitor Center (where the stamp is located) seems to focus on segregation and Civil Rights, whereas the other “museum” (The King Center) focuses more specifically on the life of MLK, Jr and his family.  It is at the King Center that visitors can sign up for ranger-led tours of MLK, Jr.’s birth and boyhood … Continue reading

Kennesaw Mountain

Given that we have lived in Atlanta for awhile and have been blessed with a number of family visits, at times we struggle to find new local sites to share.  As such, Damon and I had decided to wait for some family to visit before hitting this nearby park.  My mom and 80+ year old grandmother were the lucky visitors.  They had heard about our visits and seen our Explorer Edition book and were excited to join in with us on their trip in from Michigan.

As are many of … Continue reading