Free stuff….

Being newly self-employed as my only source of income, we’re always in search of free stuff to do. It’s not difficult to find in this city, fortunately, and we made a couple of cool stops today.

The Chalmette National Historical Park is where famed Indian-killer/later President Andrew Jackson came to national fame in the Battle of New Orleans. Whatever your feelings about Old Hickory himself, the park itself is highly cool. There a visitor center that shows a short (and badly done) movie about the battle, but the self-guided tour of the small park is well-marked and interesting. There’s also a small cemetery next door, dating largely to Civil War days. We were surprised at the small space the two-hour battle actually covered, given there were some 2,000 British casualties.

Then we cruised over to Metairie to the Saints’ training camp. Besides watching the workout, you can get some overpriced souvenirs. But beer is only $2 a throw. If you’re there early, there are some grandstands. Otherwise, you’re stuck standing on the edge of the field like some spectating parent. Neat to watch, but it might be closer to park in the Winn-Dixie lot across Airline Highway.

3 Comments so far

  1. sacclay (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 11:47 am

    I checked this place out as well last time I had a history/civil war buff friend in from sacramento. of interesting note was the Baratarian force, which was mostly pirates, swashbuckler, etc. lent to the campaign by Jean Lafitte. it is also interesting to look at the map of the conflict and picture how stupidly the British troops marched pompishly forward in battle lines, whilst we southerners trapped them in between a swamp, the river, and a low lying gully lined with cannons, shootin fish in a barrell.

  2. sacclay (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 11:47 am

    freakin euros

  3. Craig (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 12:49 pm

    Indeed. You’d have thought they’d have learned something from the Revolution and the French and Indian War. The comical thing to me was one Brit detachment was ordered to go DIAGONALLY ACROSS THE BATTLEFIELD at the height of it all.

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