Happy Thanksgiving! Although most members of Water 4 were separated from any family on this holiday weekend, we still were able have a warm and homey Turkey Day experience. Late Wednesday night we crammed into “Hannah Van-tanah” (our 15-passenger van) and road tripped about two hours from Lafayette, LA to New Orleans.
On Thursday we met up with two other AmeriCorps NCCC teams and cleaned and finished preparing for a 40-person Thanksgiving Dinner. It was one for the ages. We had two turkeys, salad, vegan and regular mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato pie, green beans, deviled eggs, and more apple pie than an army could finish. My mouth is watering just reminiscing about it.
We set up a long table for everyone and it looked like a meal out of Hogwarts. We sat around the table and shared stories about how our projects were and how everyone’s teams were doing. It was great to catch up with friends who we hadn’t seen since our training in Denver.
We stayed in an awesome quaint and funky hotel only a stone’s throw from Bourbon Street. We spent the rest of the weekend exploring the area, checking out art galleries, eating beignets at Café Du Monde (and powdered sugar fights!), shopping around, trying the local cuisine (Po’ Boys galore), listening to endless Jazz bands and enjoying each other’s company. We did New Orleans the right way.
Today we got back to work… or at least we tried to get back to work. The rain started while we were sleeping and continued all day. The worksite was a mud pit. The only way to get from one side to the other was to glide and skate. Our Habitat for Humanity supervisors tried to give us work indoors and we did as much as we could.
A new crew of 30+ JobCorps volunteers also showed up and it was almost impossible to get anything done with the weather the way it was. We caulked some of the indoor woodwork and attempted to work on some of the siding. By the time lunch rolled around, everyone was shivering and trying not to get hypothermia. We did a quick clean up and headed home. Hopefully the weather will clear up for the rest of the week.