Day 23: Round the Bend in Steamy LA
A significant milestone today as we began the slow journey northward toward home. Still another week left to go though. I should have time for 3 or 4 days in AR, then maybe 3 days in TN & KY, and then the usual mad dash home. East TX didn’t make the cut this time. I’ll just have that much more to do next spring.
Hoo-wee, was it hot today! The day started out dark & foggy/cloudy but was already humid and sticky by 10am. It was in the low or mid 90s depending on which bank clocks were right. I only turn on the A/C when necessary and today wasn’t one of those days. Sparkle’s working hard enough running 12 hours per day. And I want that full Southern Experience. The dogs toughed it out. Fixie was the only one really panting though:
I did some water jug dousing and kept an eye out for a stream. As I came over a bayou bridge in Jennings, I saw a big river and thought that might be a good doggie swimming hole opportunity. I asked a guy at a repair shop if there might be gators back there and he said there very likely were. But if I went to that pond over “they-uh”, he was sure it was gator-free. It was his boss’ house/property and they were away. Pond Paradise! Score!
Moving on to the signs and buildings… This nice oldie is from New Iberia:
This neat guy was at A-1 Radiator in or near Erath. He was built in 1992. He used to function as a fountain. The hose coming out of his belly used to be a bit lower — but the town didn’t like that:
A couple nice buildings that were on opposite corners from each other in Opelousas. Both vacant as are most things on this block. Abdulla’s looks like it was probably a department store:
The Rice Theatre in Crowley is a frequent subject for photographers:
It was also selected by these girls for this local sidewalk chalk painting contest. Most of the other kids seemed to be doing just abstract stuff. So I hope these girls win and go on to become historical preservationists. We need to start enlisting the next generation!
Another great building in Crowley — difficult to photo because of trees and sun:
In Lake Arthur, I did a quick U-turn for this castle-styled birdhouse. But upon closer inspection, is it a phony birdhouse? The windows all seem blocked:
Despite the siding and other alterations, this building is still a head-turner. Also from Lake Arthur:
An abandoned sign in Lake Charles:
This place is in Leesville:
This wacky car was on the roof of Paul’s Paint & Body just west of Alexandria. Although it seemed life-sized, I couldn’t tell if this was three-dimensional or not:
So, it seems the taco shop mariachi band figures that I shot the other day and included here were mass-produced. I ran into these guys in Alexandria:
OK – so I have been seeing these daiquiri places since Florida I think. I don’t know what to make of them. I guess they are non-alcoholic since so many of them offer take-away, drive-thru options. Perhaps a local can explain this phenomenon and obsession with daiquiris. These places come in all sizes and shapes — from low-life, ugly-dirty to cutesy, mall-y modern. This one I include since it’s a repurposed gas station in Leesville: