On our last full day in the Lafayette area, we drove to Avery Island to tour the Tabasco plant and the Jungle Gardens. I hadn’t been there since we took a day trip 2009, with some of our friends who came up to visit us shortly after we moved to Youngsville. I was excited to go back and to take the boys.
Tabasco has changed so much, and all for the better. It was a nice tour before but now it’s top-notch. There’s a lot more to it, including a nice visitor center with lots of history and displays, and there’s even a restaurant. We were so impressed.
After finishing up at Tabasco, we actually went back to the house for lunch and some rest time. Both boys (and mama) actually slept! Winning.
Kenny had to wake all of us up so we could go back to Avery Island to see the Jungle Gardens. We only had an hour before the gardens closed, so it was a very fast tour. But we saw some beautiful sights, including a pair of deer and an alligator!
The weather turned slightly cool on account of a storm rolling in, and we almost escaped getting wet. But it blew through fast and we stopped back by the Tabasco Country Store (which was closed) to take pictures of the three boys in their new shirts courtesy of Grandma. They looked so cute!
Now take a moment to look at Rory in the picture below. Love that kid.
We drove back to the house so the adults could change clothes and then headed right back out for dinner. But we made a stop on the way: we passed by our old house! Seeing it brought back so many memories.
Grandma requested Cajun dancing so we went to Randol’s, which has been in Lafayette for more than 35 years. Everyone had a great time. Rory much preferred dancing to eating his dinner, only he insisted someone carry him around on the dance floor. And that child is heavy. But I loved dancing with my boys.
We were out way too late but had such a fun time. We grabbed breakfast the next morning just down the street from our house at Victor’s Cafeteria (best biscuits ever!), and then we packed up and headed back to NOLA.
It was a great trip celebrating Grandma turning 70. I’m glad we got to spend some quality family time together, but I wish the ‘Woods could have joined us. Instead, they were off gallivanting in France. C’est la vie!
Happy happy birthday, Grandma. We sincerely hope you enjoyed your special trip!