We left the hotel at 8 to drive about 45 min for an optional swamp tour. We saw an alligator eat marshmallows so that was pretty cool. The day was overcast and kind of muggy though, so it just felt like one of those days that you just want to stay in bed.
We headed over to the 9th ward to shoot a tree planting event. We also got the best Chinese food ever from a little corner market. A couple of the girls that were planting were brought their by their uncle. Their names were Tabitha and Nicole. They are seniors in high school. They were in 10th grade when Katrina hit. They told me that there was 8 ft. of water in their school, but their amazing principal worked really hard to get the school up and running by January.
After that, we went down to the lower 9th, right near the levees. It was so bizarre. There were a few houses that were being rebuilt, but it was basically a field. There were some lots that had a foundation. There were more than a few that had only three concrete steps. It started raining, so we packed it in early.
We had the night free, so it was back to the French Quarter for some last minute shopping and dinner. I had something with crawfish, so I was pretty pleased with myself for that. I headed to bed early because we were going down to the Lower 9th again at 6:30, even though it was our last night.