Finally, after days of unusually cold temperatures, we walked outside in Lafayette LA to some beautiful sunny weather and temperatures of about 70 degrees. Hopefully this means we broke free of the cold gray cloud that has been hovering over us.
A couple of nights ago, we happen to catch a show on CNN about America’s Toxic Towns while eating our dinner in the hotel (http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/?/video/health/2010/02/26/gupta.toxic.towns.cnn). Ironically, the town they were covering, Mossville, LA, was only about an hour away and directly in our path. Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussed how they had unusually high cancer rates and the people of the surrounding area attributed this to the numerous chemical plants that occupy a huge portion of the area. We wondered, do we stop and see first hand what the situation is all about, or take a huge detour?
Not realizing how close to Mossville we were, we stopped and had lunch at Popeyes Chicken. Crew B, this meal was dedicated to you guys. I really miss those quiet weekend shifts eating Popeyes in the Control Room. Is that the creepy statue again?
As we rode through Mossville, we were following behind a school bus. It was difficult to watch young children being dropped off at their small humble homes located practically adjacent to these huge chemical plants spewing out carcinogens. Doesn’t seem fair that these kids health is being jeopardized so early and they have no control over their living situation. These huge plants are located all throughout Louisiana and at night have the same appearance as a large city from all of their lights.
We crossed the Louisiana/Texas state line and started looking for some food. As we drove across the Bolivar Peninsula we came across The Tiki Bar; looked like a good place to grab a bite to eat. As we ate some burgers and tater tots, we caught a portion of the Sugar Bowl (Ohio State vs Arknsas). Our friend Ryan is the world’s biggest Ohio State fan, so we rooted for Ohio State. We didn’t catch the whole game, but later that night I was excited to learn that they won; Go Buckeyes!!
To get to our destination, Galveston, TX, we took the Bolivar/Galveston Ferry across the Galveston Bay. I was shocked to learn that this fun long ride was free?!