Saturday, July 1, 2017

50th Family Trip: Condo Life 2, Plus a Tropical Storm

We left the beach as Tropical Storm Cindy was moving in. It was windy and raining and the sea was angry. We drove to New Orleans in non-stop rain. Crossing Lake Pontchartrain was an endless landscape of gray - gray sky, gray water, gray road.
My sister had found us a condo in New Orleans. It was considerably less expensive than hotels and conveniently located. We followed directions (in the rain) to the correct street and found ourselves in front of an utterly nondescript brown box of a building. It did not look promising. But after unlocking the door and climbing two long and steep flights of stairs, we found a huge and light filled space.


 My parents had a suite the size of a small house on their own level. Upstairs there was an enormous living room with a huge open kitchen at one end and three smaller bedrooms. Way better than a hotel room! There was even a large covered deck, complete with a bar, fireplace, and TV. Even in the rain it was a pleasant place to sit. I wouldn't want to live my daily life in a place with marble floors and a living room big enough for a basketball court, but I would happily take a deck like that one!
The condo was in the Garden District, so there were trees and gardens and beautiful old houses in various states of repair all around us. And in the distance we could see raised highways and these cool double bridges.
That night, Cindy stormed her way into New Orleans. The wind wailed and the rain came down in sheets. The storm was different than we see in Kansas. There was no lightening and thunder, just wind and rain. The rain itself was different, with tiny misty droplets and not the huge splats we associated with storms. But storm it did, and the howling wind blew rain under the doors to the narrow balcony. The rain would continue for days, but the worst of the storm was that night. As Cindy moved along the coast she spawned severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in many of the places we'd already traveled. We all developed a much better concept of what "Tropical Storm" means and will pay more attention when we hear about them on the news!

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