New Orleans, LA

What a morning! We woke up early to head to Claude’s school to talk about our sailing adventures. Claude was the kid of the week in his classroom and lucky for us, he invited us to be his guests. It’s really crazy to talk to a bunch of 5 and 6-year-olds about cruising. These kids were really smart.

While I was explaining how we lived off the grid and used our solar panels for all our energy, Claude stopped me so he could explain to his classmates that solar panels create energy from sunlight. Before I could begin talking again, a kid raised his hand and asked, “What happens when it’s cloudy for a couple of days and you don’t have any sun?” Wow! That question blew me out of the water! I don’t remember kids ever being that smart at 5 years old but maybe they were.

The teachers seemed to enjoy our cruising stories even more than the kids did. They were asking us tons of questions. They asked us to share how we were able to fund our lifestyle, so I told the kids that every time they got money for chores or for a birthday or from setting up a lemonade stand that they should put it into their piggy bank and not take it out. One little girl asked what to do when her piggy bank got full because she didn’t want it to explode. I told her to get another and another and then put it in an investment account. I really believe that by teaching kids to save their money at a young age, they will be better equipped to pursue their dreams, whether it be college, cruising or maybe just owning a business. Anyway I’ll stop rambling now.

We said goodbye to Claude’s class and headed home to change clothes and get ready for lunch. We decided to have lunch in Bay St. Louis, MS so we hopped in the car and drove about 25 minutes to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to eat at 200 North Beach Restaurant. It’s incredible how much this area has changed since Katrina.

Matt and his mom

Bay St. Louis Map

We ordered the fried green tomatoes that were topped with crabmeat and crawfish etouffe as a starter. Then my mom had some gumbo, while I had the crab and corn bisque. We followed that up with the special for the day fried chicken and red beans and rice and my mom had crabcakes. Maybe we should just start food tours since we love to eat so much. Needless to say, we didn’t need to eat anything for the rest of the day.

 Fried Green Tomatoes With Crabmeat and Crawfish Etouffe

Crabcakes

 So much food!
 Nothing better than sweet tea and fried chicken!
 A New Friend

Making Friends Wherever We Go

That night we met up with our friends, Pat and Steve and my brother, Greg, for some drinks in Mandeville. We had a late night sharing sailing stories over one of my favorites, Abita Amber. Great friends and family, delicious food and good times.

 Matt and Pat sharing sailing stories.

 The guys
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