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13 June 2014

A Southern Spring...Louisiana

This year has us traveling all over the States for clinical rotations! After Syracuse, NY we went back to Connecticut for a few days to swap out our stuff before hitting the road again. Thankfully this involved putting away all our winter clothes and getting our summer gear!! We had a 2 day drive down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with an overnight in Knoxville, TN where another medical family hosted us for the night. Once in Baton Rouge we spent the first 2 weeks with Allison and Barron (who live in a detached house from Clint and Paula), then the rest with Sam, Hannah, and their kids (Rebekah 6, Stephen 3).

Owen completed another elective in Emergency Medicine at Baton Rouge General Hospital. He had a great experience there and we would love it if we got residency there. I filled my time with running (including another Color Run with Leah, and running with Sam and Hannah's group), exploring plantations, and a hike in Mississippi. When Owen had free time, we played tennis (usually with Clint and Paula followed by dinner), tried out Clint's recumbent bikes also the Mississippi River Levee trail and around LSU, explored New Orleans with Rob, visited a swamp nature center, and went for many walks around the LSU lakes. While I was in California, Owen also fit in a camping trip to a little island in the middle of the Mississippi with Barron, a fishing trip down on the Bayou with Sam and Augie, and some tree climbing with Clint. We had lots of great southern food, including crawfish, alligator, red beans and rice, gumbo, jambalaya, po'boys, even chicken and waffles, and of course Tony's creole seasoning (on everything!) which we cannot live without now! We also had a chance to catch up with several island friends, including Leah and Aaron Tiffee, Laura Taylor, and Sydne and Jeff McKechnie.

Overall we had a great time in Louisiana, made several friends, and a lot of memories. Thanks to everyone who hosted us and made our time there so great!! We are very suited to the southern lifestyle and would love to return next year for residency, so keep that in your prayers! I'll post some highlights pictures, but for even more check out the full album Louisiana (sorry the photos there are a bit grainy, I've trained uploading twice and still no improvement).

Barn outside the church
Recumbent biking along the Mississippi River Levee
LSU lakes

Clearly Louisiana suited us!

Crawfish  with Barron and Allison
Crawfish boil!
Beignets at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans
Beautiful iron balconies and flowers in New Orleans
Oak Alley Plantation

 Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Owen and Clint combining 2 already excellent sports
Color Run with Leah! Yay for island friends!
Tree climbing with Clint
Boating out to the island with Barron
Racing on the Velodrome (1 of just 28 in the country)
Tunica Falls in Mississippi

Alligator (fenced in) at the Cajun Village
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center (the turtles on a log were a very common sight in any body of water)

Botanic Gardens at Independence Park