|2011 Road Trip, Eastern Section
|History and Prehistory of Lake County
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On the way to the Keys, we took the
old Tamiami Trail across Big Cypress
Swamp to Miami. On the way we saw
alligators and the Miccosukee Tribal Headquarters. Long Key was our destination where we
spent almost 2 weeks with mom and dad enjoying the sights and tastes of the Keys.
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While driving to Florida, we turned
south and headed for the gulf. We
took Highway 90 (Cane Alley) through
the old sugarcane plantation areas of
Louisiana. We visited New Iberia
(where Cheyanne spent her childhood
summers), toured the Shadows
Plantation Home on Bayou Teche and
visited Avery Island (home of the
In Houma, we connected with Tracy
Baudoin (cane syrup maker) who
introduced us to people and historic
sites in Cane Country from Houma to
Thibodaux. Then it was across
Mississippi and Alabama to Florida.
The trip home took us north and into Georgia where we met Claude and Margaret Knight.
They had a 100-year-old cane mill to sell that John wanted to bring to California to make
sorghum. In addition, they treated us to some Georgian hospitality and gave us the family
history behind the mill. The museum in nearby Quitman (where the mill was made) had a mill
on display just like the one we had purchased.
Back to the Louisiana Bayous we crossed the Mississippi by bridge and by ferry to get to St.
Francisville where we toured the Myrtles Plantation. Heading north on our way to Oklahoma
we broke down just south of Shreveport causing 1/2-day delay.