New Orleans, 4-5 August 2004
Emily took me the Oakland Airport early on Wednesday and around 7 am
I took off for N'awlins, a first for me. Four hours later, via a
direct Southwest Airlines flight I arrived in the stifling heat,
promptly caught shuttle to the hotel in Metairie, and then took a cab to
the French Quarter with a detour to the IHNC canal and lock. For
the remainder of the day I walked around, saw a lot of wrought iron
balcony railings, and ate gumbo, jambalaya, and beignets (3 for $1.33 at
Cafe Du Monde at the corner of Jackson Square on Decatur and St.
Ann). The following day I met Dale and Mr. Woods in the hotel
lobby for breakfast and then we drove the URS office overlooking Lake
Pontchartrain where we discussed a report we were preparing for the New
Orleans USACE regarding a replacement for the aging IHNC lock.
Dale and I caught a direct flight back to Oakland, arriving around 10
pm, while Mr. Woods stayed in New Orleans until Sunday.