Monthly Archives: May 2013



1236Menchies is a favorite of our family.  (Unlike other fro-yo places, Menchies always has 2 flavors of sorbet, which pleases me, since I don’t like yogurt.) After only two days on the road, I needed a good treat for the kids, and I was really pleased to find a Menchies in Baton Rouge.

This is when the virus really kicked in for Molly.  She was coughing yesterday at the ‘gator place, but she was a trouper.  She especially enjoyed all the geocaches found or just attempted along the way, no matter how bad she felt.

One of the most awesome parts of today was seeing an alligator CROSSING THE ROAD!  It happened just before crossing into Mississippi, but I couldn’t get a picture before it disappeared into the grass.  A good ol’boy had stopped traffic to let the ‘gator cross without harm.

1911 I loved the backroads of Louisiana: lots of swamps, bridges, crawdad boats, etc in Louisiana. Mississippi was a little boring until we reached the Gulf of Mexico.  We stopped at the beach in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.  I was completely infatuated by the deserted town, particularly eerie at sunset. – it was apparently wiped out by Katrina.  Molly and Zoe enjoyed the sunset walk on the beach.

The hotel in Gulfport, Mississippi had a 24-hour pool, and the kids did not want to leave!  The hot tub was extremely hot, so I did not enjoy it very much.  😦

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Baby Alligators are Awesome


1335cMolly and Zoe were fascinated by the baby ‘gator education we received in Jennings, LA.  Annie stayed in the car …

Alligator mamas apparently feed their babies for 1-2 years!  The babies have “masher” teeth and are totally unable to bite flesh til older, so they are easy to handle as babies.

We drove 124 miles, ending up in Port Allen, Louisiana.  The kids enjoyed the hotel pool and Burger King for dinner.

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Hyde Girls Road Trip 2013



I am writing this 7 weeks after Beginning our Extremely Eventful Road Trip!

Day 1: 153 miles, ending in Sulphur, Louisiana

I’m not sure where to start writing, but we started driving in Pearland, Texas … and nearly 3,000 miles later, we are in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  The weather here is phenomenal, so I have chosen to stay here for the summer.  We miss Phil more than words can tell, but I do not regret this choice!  The girls are enjoying the time with their grandparents and the puppies and vice versa.  Vast quantities of trip photos of are on SmugMug.