The mindset of being on summer vacation is instilled in us as soon as it’s our last day of kindergarten. I’m sure I’m not alone in this: with the unofficial start of summer being Memorial Day, we have about 3 months to fill with an array of getaways, from a weekend road trip to a month-long retreat (or longer) in some sort of exotic locale. We’re not even halfway there yet! I’ve got months to fill… let’s get on it!
It’s good to get out of town periodically, but it bears mentioning: I love living in New Orleans, but I especially love it in the summer. Yes, you’re reading that right. There’s that magical time after the colleges let out and JazzFest is over when the city becomes a lot hotter and a lot emptier. We can finally go out and get into places that normally are too packed for me to consider, places with stunning views like Tin Roof at the Pontchartrain Hotel. Hello, Staycations!
Don’t get me wrong. It’s unbearably hot at times. I can’t imagine life without A/C. I run out of the way of palmetto bugs because they are that fast and that horrific. I haven’t yet found a beach that I love that’s close to here, and I am allergic to most festivals (the way most locals like to summer here yes I just used “summer” as a verb). But there’s just something wretchedly lovely about July and August in New Orleans. The humidity holds the overbearing scents of tropical flowers. Frogs in our backyards sing and croak their tales. Someone, somewhere, is practicing a trumpet with their windows open and even if it’s not yet perfectly played, you love it.
On staycation days, we usually grab a frozen daiquiri somewhere in the Quarter (St. Lawrence crafts ’em up with real fruit) and stroll the hot streets looking for something to catch our fancy. Trust me, at any given moment, there’s entertainment on the streets, whether or not it’s intended to be so. And you need to drink that frozen drink before it melts, so you’re feeling good in no time at all and people-watching is a glorious thing.
As I’ve mentioned in my last post, we have a new boat and what better way to explore secret bayous and not-so-secret huge lakes? My house is surrounded by Lake St. Catherine (which leads out into the Gulf of Mexico), Bayou Sauvage, Lake Pontchartrain and other tiny passageways. What better way to see the most beautiful sunsets that I have ever seen?
Travels… they are being had and they are being planned for the rest of the summer. I’ll be reporting back on that shortly, but for now, I’m enjoying my time at home.