A Travellerspoint blog

October 2011

Leesville Tour of Homes

15 October 2011

sunny

Curt in front of courthouse

Curt in front of courthouse


Leesville is our new home town so we thought we would check out some of the houses. Eight houses/B&B's were on the list for touring. For $20 there were refreshments at each location.
Courthouse

Courthouse


We started at the courthouse where a man gave us an introduction to the history of the town and discribed some of the paintings on display. Louisiana was big for prior to WWII because the Army was moving from horses to a mechanized army. Camp Polk was a training post back then also and the entire Army came through before going overseas.
Camp Polk photo

Camp Polk photo


This picture was hanging in the courthouse that was from that time. There were no roads so everything was just mud. See the look of dispair on the one soldiers face? I'm pretty sure Soldiers look the same when they come even today! He also stated the town used to be overloaded with soldiers prepping to go to Vietnam.
Dr. E. E. Smart house

Dr. E. E. Smart house


After snacks we walked to Dr. E.E. Smart house which is the oldest house in Leesville. Someone just bought it to renovate so pretty much there was nothing to see. The original owner became a doctor because he could not get a marraige blessing for his love until he went to medical school. He suffered through that, married her and the story goes she turned out to be pretty wicked.
Ward House

Ward House


Next was a house that was pretty much done by an interior designer in Shrevport - I think they paid the people to have their house on display. Across the street is the Ward HOuse and Booker-Lewis House. Both are old and currently Bed and Breakfasts. Booker-Lewis has a restaurant that will be on our agenda at some point too !
Booker-Lewis House

Booker-Lewis House


After dark we hit two houses that were new and nice - also owned by people in the military or just retired from - but no pictures!

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Houston Texans Game

8-10 October 2011

rain 60 °F

Texans endzone

Texans endzone


The rest of the four day weekend we spent driving back and forth from Houston to see the Texans football game. The big plan was to tailgait before the game. Curt searched far and wide in Houston for a disposable grill and some brats, etc to make. The day of the game however was just about the only rainy day we have seen since July. It poured and poured.
Reliant stadium

Reliant stadium


Then we realized that you have to pre-buy your parking ticket. THere is no cash parking at the stadium on game day. So we ended up paying $10 for a spot at a pawn shop. Not a real great tailgaiting spot. We tried to make the most of it but then the lighter wouldn't work. Curt said he was atleast going to eat some chips before we went to the game so this was our tailgaiting experience in Houston.
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parking area

parking area


On our walk to the stadium we saw a bunch of people who knew the drill happily making their BBQ in the yellow lot!
snorting bull

snorting bull


THe entrance of the players was cool with the bull snorting out smoke and the fireworks going off.
Houston fan

Houston fan


We noticed even from our high perch in the stadium that their are all sorts of fans!
us at Reliant stadium

us at Reliant stadium


If you were the first 30,000 fans you got a free bandana which I made use of!
football field

football field


THe game went right down to the wire but in the end the Texans lost to the Raiders 20:25! It made for a sad walk back to the car in the pouring rain :(

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Zwolle Tamale Festival

7 October 2011

sunny 84 °F

Where can you get Alligator for dinner....
Alligator for dinner

Alligator for dinner


arrive in your camo 4WD with gun holder....
Transportation

Transportation


and dance the night away in your camo overalls???
Camo dancing

Camo dancing


The Zwolle Tamale Festival!!
Zwolle Tamales

Zwolle Tamales


Zwolle is about 1.5hours from our new home in Leesville, LA so we thought we would see what goes on at this famous event.
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It is all centered around the tamale of course so we had our 12 for $6. There were HOT tamales so I only had a few but according to Curt they were very good. THe rest of the event is like any fair, USA until the sun went down! Then the dancing elderly came out in full force. No waiting around a song or two - they hit the floor as soon as the band played the first zydeco song! It was the cutest thing to watch some lady about 90 years old walk-dancing around the floor.

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