Staff from the Oak Alley Foundation with Captain John Dugger on the Delta Queen's grand staircase.

Staff from the Oak Alley Foundation with Captain John Dugger on the Delta Queen

Early this morning, we slipped out for one last stroll through the beautiful grounds of Oak Alley Plantation. We roamed along the majestic row of of oaks which date back about 300 years. I’ve visited California’s great Sequoia’s and these Oaks rank right up there. What a sight. As you walk off the boat, up an over the levee, the two parallel rows of 14 oaks are one of nature’s most delightful treats. The beautiful mansion at the end dates back to the 1830s. (The oaks predate the home by more than a century, planted in there neat rows by some ambitious settler long ago.)

We held hands, savoring the beauty of the day and the scene. We went all the way back to the gift shop to enjoy a slice of the best pecan pie I’ve ever enjoyed. Oak Alley also offers another best – the best mint juleps – and one was a necessity this morning for us to share and sip on. Here’s my video version of a stroll around the grounds.

We enjoyed having Zeb Mayhew and his staff from the Oak Alley Foundation come aboard the Delta Queen for a tour and visit with the Captain.

Just following their departure, we prepared for the Delta Queen’s final departure to head on down to New Orleans.

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