A group of friends had been in Louisiana in St. Bernard Parish for the week working for Habitat for Humanity. They were hauling out the still-wet contents of the flooded homes in the area, ripping out the sheetrock and getting the houses ready to be made habitable again.
We couldn't go with them because of our planned vacation to Yosemite. So, we caught a late flight into New Orleans on Friday, surprised them and spent the weekend with them celebrating their hard work and contributing some money to the economy.
The music, food, and friends were amazing. We stayed in a hotel in the French Quarter called Hotel Monteleone. I highly recommend it. The rate was dirt-cheap and the location was perfect. Our room was beautiful and right on Rue Royal. And, how have I lived my entire life without beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde? It's good I don't live there. I'd be the size of a house with all that good fried food.