Stepping into New Orleans – A photo essay

I travel to visit relatives a few times a year, to the mountains most weekends, and in my dreams every night. Exploring new lands, people, dining experiences and cultures is one of my favorite pastimes. I just returned from California where I enjoyed the seafood, sourdough bread, shopping, and friendly beautiful people. Now I’m in the great state of Louisiana. It’s another Wild Ride!


Danny and me in NOLA

Danny and me and a booty bomber.

After landing in the French Quarter of New Orleans, my husband Danny and I headed down to the Oyster Festival, located on the soft shoulder of the Mississippi River. This event provided my first brush with NOLA (New Orleans Louisiana) culture. The women dressed in appropriate attire for 80+ degree weather. Many wore skirts and dresses, but what really stood out was on their feet.

fancy boots

Girls in boots.

Boots 1

Families rocked the boots.

boot family


boot family 2


boot family 3


men in boots

Men in boots.

cowboy boots

Love the cowboy boots!

color coordinated boots

Color coordinated boots.

I loved them and soon understood why so many opted for the colorful rubber slip-ons. Mud. The mighty Mississippi has its way of making itself known. New Orleans is built eight feet BELOW sea level! The few skyscrapers in town are built on steel i-beams driven into bedrock 75 feet below the surface while many homes and structures in the French Quarter sink.

The muddy Mississippi

The infamous New Orleans’ levies were never anchored into bedrock. Floating over 75 feet of mud and silt, they held back the river until Katrina blasted into town nine years ago. The wimpy levies burst and the muddy river  flooded 80% of the town. When it rains, the grassy areas puddle and ooze.

shake your booty

 With or without boots, the people of New Orleans love to dance!


shake that money maker

I need to buy those rubber boots!

need to buy boots


Susie in boots

Much better!

 Where will you rock out this summer?

92 thoughts on “Stepping into New Orleans – A photo essay

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    1. Oh I bet you do have great memories! I love their history and how the NOLA people embody it in their culture. They really have their own style. We had so much fun immersing ourselves in it! The boots make sense with all the mud at the parks! You can’t see, but those are Fleur de Lis on my boots. The NOLA symbol!
      Thanks Coleen!


  1. I lived for ten years in Louisiana and spent a lot of time in NOLA myself. They are lovely people and know how to let loose and party. It looks like you had a great time. I can’t wait to go back.


    1. It was a lot of fun! The food was amazing and I loved how we were surrounded by history. It was a big change from Boulder where we are all about fitness! Luckily, we walked everywhere and I didn’t gain any weight!
      I bet it hasn’t changed a bit since you where there!
      Thanks for stopping by and following the Wild Ride!


  2. Love your boots. I live in an island paradise and I’ll be rocking out barefoot right where I live this summer. In winter when I dawn my Helly Hansen boots I’ll think of you and this post.


  3. We lived there for a while. Always a reason to party! Always something to do. Always more pictures than you can possibly take.
    (Boots are a good idea) Street performers, coffee, antiques, food, and music! How can it get better…oh, bugs and humidity you get used too….well, the humidity anyway! Enjoyed your trip!


  4. Love The Big Easy! Been a long time since I have been there and hope to go this fall when the weather is cooler and its not as crowded. I better get me some rubber booties!

    Looks like you all had a blast!


    1. It was so much fun and I actually lost weight since we walked all day and night!!!
      Although there was a better photo taken of me, I chose the booty bomber! That was too hilarious not to share!


  5. Oh your boots are just great! You fit right in! I have been to New Orleans a few times pre-Katrina and just fell in love with the city. I hope I can visit again some day. I’ll be sure to bring some colorful boots. 🙂 Great adventure, Susie!


    1. Thanks for stopping by to tour with me! 🙂 The boots are surprisingly comfortable! I have wide feet too!
      It is a very cool place. The NOLA people are so resilient!


  6. Dude looks like you and Danny had an awesome time! And I’m so glad you found some awesome boots to match the Wilde Rider. Those are awesome … you wear them well my friend! Rock them in Colorado.


  7. Good for you Susie! I love your Wild Rides and live vicariously through them since I am unable to travel like I used to. One place I have never visited is New Orleans. And everyone who visits just raves about it. So glad you and hubby enjoyed it. I hope you picked up a pair of those boots. Those are classic. I have a feeling they’d be put to good use in some of your ventures in Colorado. 🙂


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