Daily Archives: March 4, 2010


Ivan and I left Houston, Texas at 2 pm on March 3, 2010.  We were driving to Lafayette, Louisiana.  We arrived there at 5:10 pm.  The couchsurfers we were staying with weren’t home yet.  Becky did recommend CC’s Community Coffee.  We stopped there and got a cup of tea and a slice of banana bread.  We used the free wi-fi as well.

We drove to John and Becky’s house.  They’re a friendly couple.  A few minutes later, 2 French couchsurfers (a couple) arrived.  We said hi to the new couchsurfers Cedric and Sophie.  They’re French but they live in Germany.  They would be staying 2 nights also.  Since Ivan contacted Becky earlier on couchsurfing – we got the main room downstairs.  It’s a room with a comfy bed and it’s own bathroom attached to it.

Becky asked if we wanted to get dinner at a Cajun restaurant called Cafe Des Amis.  John had to go since he had a presentation to make for the Boy Scouts on backpacking.  We said we’d go.

We piled in the Becky’s car with Cedric, Sophie, John and Becky’s dog Boone.  There was a bluesy jazz band on called Chelsea Ellison Trio.


Ivan ordered us a bottle of Blue Moon Cabernet Sauvignon.  Ivan and I shared a cup of tasty gumbo. 


We also had fried catfish nuggets and a main dish of crawfish etouffee and fried shrimp.  Becky and Ivan sent back the main dish since the crawfish wasn’t very hot at all.  The food was average.  It was nice talking to Becky, Cedric and Sophie.  Cedric and Sophie are only in Louisiana for a week.  It’s weird but they haven’t made any plans for anything yet.  I think if I was going to a place for only a week, I would plan where I’d be staying and things to do.

Becky drove us back to the house.  John was back from his presentation.  He talked to the French couchsurfers about places to see in Louisiana. 

Everybody said good night and went to bed early.


Animal Safari and Houston

Ivan and I packed everything up on March 2, 2010.  Roscoe walked us to our car.  We said goodbye and thanks to Roscoe.  I gave him a big hug.  It was great meeting Roscoe and hanging out with him.  He’s a great guy. 

We started driving at 12:30 pm.  We were headed to a small town called Gruene (pronounced Green).  Ivan read about a good restaurant called Gristmill on Tripadvisor.  We got a seat located outside.  We had a view of the river below.  Ivan and I shared the award-winning tasty tortilla soup.  I was craving a hamburger since I haven’t had one in months.  Ivan and I share a lot of food so I’m vegetarian around him.  He does eat chicken breast and seafood though.  Ivan got the catfish while I got a hamburger.  The food was good!

We walked around the shops in Gruene.  It’s a small town. 


We went inside Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas.  Too bad we weren’t there at night, because that’s when they have live music.  

Ivan drove us to Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.  It’s an African safari where you can drive through and feed the animals in your car.  It’s cool because some of the animals actually come to you and stick their head in the window of the car. 


We saw all kinds of animals like zebras, deer, donkeys and llamas. 


Ivan was feeding a zebra and the zebra grabbed his bag of animal food.  How funny!  The zebra could have taken off with it.  But, Ivan came out of the car and the zebra ran away.  Ivan got his bag back.  We went to the petting zoo.  We got to feed goats and baby goats there.  The will jump on you and run into you – so you have to be careful. 


Some of the goats kept chewing on Ivan’s jumper and the tassels on the jumper.  I’m not sure why though.

Ivan started driving to Houston at 4:30 pm.  We arrived at the couchsurfer’s apartment at 8:20 pm.  The turnoffs on the freeways can be very confusing.  So, we ended up taking a wrong turn.  We met Ashish and Melanie.  Ashish asked if we had eaten dinner.  I said we hadn’t.  Melanie cooked us some tasty shrimp pasta.  We talked awhile.  We started playing games on the Wii like canoeing, tennis and table tennis.

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