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The Gipper's 21st Annual Columbus Day "Discover America" Trip

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The Gipper    1,164

This is the invitation that I am likely sending out regarding my annual fall trip...which this year would include the Browns game in Houston:


This year for the 21st Annual Columbus Day Discover America Trip, we will be taking a “Road
Trip” that will include traveling to the following Destinations:
The Natchez Trace, from Nashville Tenn. to Natchez, Mississippi
New Orleans, Louisiana
Lafayette, La. and Louisiana Cajun/Bayou Country
Houston, Texas
Dates: Sunday October 8, 2017 to October 17, 2017
The plan is to stay in various hotels/motels along the way and to see and do things per the
following itinerary:
Day 1 Sunday 10/8: AM Leave Northeast Ohio. Travel to Nashville, picking up the Natchez
Trace there. Overnight either in like Lawrenceburg TN or Florence/Muscle Shoals Alabama.
Day 2 Monday 10/9: Continue on the Natchez Trace to its conclusion. Evening, head into New
Orleans, La. Overnight New Orleans.
Day 3. Tuesday 10/10: Full day and night? New Orleans. Sites to see: Chalmette Battlefield (site
of Battle of New Orleans), New Orleans Jazz Nat. Historic Park. Louis Armstrong Park. Café
Du Monde, Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, French Quarter, etc. Overnight New Orleans.
Day 4. Wednesday 10/11. Leave N.O., head toward Lafayette. Along the way see towns/sites
such as Kraemer, Houma, Franklin, New Iberia, Avery Island, (where they make Tabasco Sauce)
Jefferson Island, Jean Lafitte NHP. Overnight Lafayette area.
Day 5. Thursday 10/12. Continue tour of Cajun/Bayou country. Sites: Lake Fausse Point St. Park,
Evangeline State park, Shadows on the Teche, Henderson, Breaux Bridge. Cajun food, Zydeco
music. Laissez les bonne temps roullez. Overnight Lafayette area.
Day 6. Friday 10/13. Leave Lafayette to and through Lake Charles La. and on to Houston Tex.
Meet up with my daughter coming over from San Antonio TX, and also meeting up with other
friends/acquaintances...who are Browns fans...as Browns play Texans this weekend. Overnight
Day 7 Saturday 10/14 Relax. Maybe do some Houston sightseeing...and some “partying” or
“tailgating” with fellow Browns fans. There may be some organized activities to attend.
Overnight Houston.
Day 8 Sunday 10/15 Attend the Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans game at NRG Stadium
with my daughter and any of you if you wish to come. Again, meeting up with other Browns fans
for tailgating activity. Overnight Houston
Day 9 Monday 10/16 Depart Houston. Say goodbye to daughter. Travel I-69 and US 59 to
northeast Texas, where there are a couple of sites I wish to see: Caddo Lake/Jefferson and
Marshall TX. Start heading for home, getting maybe half way. Overnight somewhere about
halfway between Houston and Akron, maybe around Memphis??
Day 10 Tuesday 10/17 Finish drive Home
A. If you would like to go...and go to the game, let me know ASAP so that tickets can be
purchased together. You would be under no obligation to go to the game if you prefer not.
B. Because my daughter now works for Hilton Corp., on her Friends and Family Plan, I can get
some very good prices at some very nice hotels. Places like Hampton Inns for as low as under
$50.00 per night. (At least in Houston and Lafayette. New Orleans and other spots..not sure)
C. Your costs: could include share of gas, food, hotels, game ticket if you decide to do that;
maybe some entrance fees to other attractions (very few). I have not yet decided if I can take my
car (a gas guzzler) or to rent a car. If we rent, there would be a share of that. (Good AAA rates)
So, please let me know if you have any interest in this trip. Call me at 330-XXX-XXXX work, 234-
XXX-XXXX cell or email ___________
The Gipper
Previous “Columbus Day Trips”:
1997 New Mexico, Santa Fe, Taos, Angel Fire
1998 The Dakotas, Badlands, Black Hills
1999 Nevada, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Yosemite
2000 Canadian Rockies Calgary, Banff, Fairmont Hot Springs, Glacier NP
2001 Arizona, Tuscon, Yuma, Tombstone, Saguaro
2002 Colorado, Breckenridge, Aspen, Black Canyon, Rocky Mt. NP
2003 California, Death Valley, Yosemite, Stockton, Sequoia, Fresno, Joshua Tree
2004 Florida Panhandle, Panama City, Mobile, Montgomery Ala.
2005 Utah southern, Bryce, Zion, Capitol Reef, Great Basin, North Rim Grand Canyon
2007 Arkansas at spring break, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Shreveport
2007 Washington, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, North Cascades, Mt. Rainier
2008 Canadian Maritime: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland, Acadia Maine
2009 The Cayman Islands
2010 Mexico, Puerto Vallarta
2011 Arizona Scottsdale, Sedona, Prescott, Apache Trail
2012 Hawaii, The Big Island, Molokai
2013 Pennsylvania/New Jersey. The Poconos, The Catskills Delaware Water Gap
2014A: Georgia northern, southwest NC, NW South Carolina
2014B: Montana, Anaconda, Yellowstone NP, Butte, Missoula, Helena, Billings, Little Bighorn
2015A: Utah, Park City, Salt Lake, Provo, Flaming Gorge, Golden Spike
2015B: Texas: San Antonio, Midland, Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, Waco
2016 Idaho, Sun Valley, Boise, Craters of the Moon

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mjp28    156

Wow sounds great, have fun!

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The Gipper    1,164

It looks like I may have to make a bit of a change to my itinerary. At my age (65) I don't believe I have the stamina to do a probable 3000+ plus mile road trip all on my own. It is like 1300 miles one way from here to Houston...not including the side trips I would take. Plus, if you recall, I have a condition that affects my eyes...and putting that kind of strain from driving on my eyes could be problematical. Ergo, unless I am able to get someone to go along with me to do significant amount of the driving, I am likely going to be forced to forego the Natchez Trace portion of the trip, and to fly into New Orleans and rent a car from there.

I already have 2 nights booked in New Orleans on the Monday and Tuesday, then 2 more in Lafayette area, then the 3 in Houston. After Houston I would then still go up to NE TX, but then pop over to Shreveport LA, then come back to New Orleans through Baton Rouge. Basically I would be crisscrossing the state of Louisiana.


That would reduce my driving to about a third of what I originally planned...reducing it from like 3000 to 1000 miles. 10 years ago I coulda/woulda done it no problem...but not now I don't think.

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mjp28    156

Getting old is a bitch huh. ;)


65 is not 45 or 25, take up a nice less taxing hobby like following the BROWNS. :lol:

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The Gipper    1,164
To All, more updates on this trip:
A.  I have secured my flight.  I am actually flying into Gulfport MS on Sunday Oct. 8th.  This is only 80 miles from New Orleans. I did this because I got a free flight into Gulfport using my Delta miles.
The announced itinerary has changed:
Overnight in New Orleans will be on the Sunday 10/8 and Monday 10/9.
Overnight in Lafayette La. area will be Tues. and Wed. 10/10 and 10/11.
Spending 4 nights in Houston:  Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun  10/12, 10/13, 10/14, 10/15.
Final night will likely be in New Orleans or vicinity, before flying out of Gulfport.
My daughter will not be attending the Browns game, but will be coming over on Thursday evening, leaving on Saturday morning as she has a wedding to attend that weekend.
Again, if anyone has interest, let me know. 

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