These are the first two walks of eight Louisiana Parish walks this weekend. We will also do a traditional walking event at Clark Creek Natural Area in Woodville, Mississippi, on Monday morning.
The walk this morning in Covington, Louisiana, started at 8:30 am. It was supposed to be fifteen minutes from our hotel in Mandeville ten miles away. We certainly didn't expect the traffic jam in Covington at 8:10 am. It took us 1/2 hour to get to the walk start exactly at 8:30 am.
The walk started at the Tammany Trace Trailhead, part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (this trail is 28.2 miles). The trailhead was at a small park with restrooms and more than enough parking for our group.
The park had a few points of interest: an old water tower, a statue of Ronald Reagan, and a nice gazebo that was decorated for Mardi Gras. While Susan Medlin was signing in for the walk, I roamed the park and took photos.
|Looks like a foreign language!|
|Ronald Reagan statue in |
Tammany Trace Trailhead.
|Covington's gazebo is |
decorated for Mardi Gras.
|Heading onto the Tammany Trace|
|Regina and Susan Medlin|
leading the charge.
|The walkers are |
spreading out somewhat.
|St. Tammany Parish Courthouse and|
St. Tammany Parish Justice Center.
Can you tell it's a beautiful walking day? Not a cloud in the sky and a pleasant temperature to boot. After the cemetery, we passed by the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center and continued for eight blocks through neighborhoods.
|St. Tammany Parish Justice Center.|
|A sculpture in front of|
St. Tammany Parish
Public School Board
|St. Tammany Parish Public School |
St. Paul's School was our next point of interest. St. Paul's School is a private, all-boys Lasillian high school located in Covington, Louisiana. The school is run by the Christian Brothers and is one of the 1,000 Lasillian schools in more than 80 countries. If you want to know what Lasillian schools are click this link.
|St. Paul's School, Covington, Louisiana.|
|National Blue Ribbon School.|
|A blue-ribbon school with a |
blue ribbon tied around the
old oak tree.
|St. Paul's School grounds.|
|We exited St. Paul's School here.|
Neighborhoods came next, along with a pretty park.
|Tulip trees in bloom!|
|A huge Southern home.|
|Christ Episcopal School chapel.|
|Very nice brick house.|
|This house is ready for Mardi Gras!!|
|Azaleas are at their peak in |
mid-January. Are they crazy?
After the Episcopal Church, we turned down Park St. to get to Bogue Falaya Wayside Park. What a lovely stroll we had along the walking path through the park.
|One of the park's original |
|Huge playground in the park.|
|The walking trail in Bogue Falaya |
Wayside Park. The moss glistened
in the sun. Pretty!
|View from the|
|The English Tea Room flag.|
|The English Tea Room.|
|"On a Whim" antique store.|
|New Orleans Food & Spirits (opening |
soon - hopefully for Mardi Gras?).
|Eclectic Inn - my kind of place.|
|I may have to check|
out this author.
|We are going back to |
the Tammany Trace
Trailhead, not this one!
|Not sure if this is an apartment complex|
or a hotel.
|An anguished grotesque.|
|A mural capturing days of yore.|
|The clock tower and|
the water tower.
Well, we've finished the first 10k walk and burned off a lot of calories. Walkers like to eat and socialize. I heard a partial conversation before we started walking that people were going to have dinner at The Rusty Pelican and it was two blocks from our walk starting point. We thought since it was close, we would go there for lunch. This Covington Rusty Pelican was actually more than two blocks from our starting point. Did we drive the long way 'round?
|The Rusty Pelican in Covington, LA.|
You know a restaurant is good when the sheriffs and firemen eat there. Three fire trucks, an ambulance, and a couple of sheriffs showed up. Unfortunately, there was a fire call and two fire trucks pulled out just after they placed their order.