Upcoming Trips


Shreveport & Natchitoches, LA
Tuesday and Wednesday, September 16 & 17, 2014

It has been quite some time since we last traveled, but now is the time.  Shreveport may not be the world’s best-known tourist attraction, but there is plenty to see in Louisiana’s third largest city.  Natchitoches has a relatively new state museum which should be an excellent experience.  So, our next trip will be an overnight trip to Shreveport and Natchitoches, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 16 & 17, 2014.  Plan to go; you’ll enjoy it.

We’ll start at our usual place, St. John’s United Methodist, at 9375 Highland Road – loading the bus at 7:45-8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.  Then, off to Shreveport for lunch, a talk and a chance to walk around our good Methodist institution, Centenary College.  (www.centenary.edu) Afterwards, around mid-afternoon, we will go to the R. W. Norton Art Gallery.  Shreveport people talk about how great this museum is, both the art and the gardens.  (www.rwnaf.org)

After being absorbed by great art, we will move to the Clarion Motel for check-in and a brief rest.  Then, the evening, doing something we do best, eating out.  We’ll go to a fine Italian restaurants, where our hunger will hopefully be satiated.

Wednesday morning will start with breakfast in the motel, check out, and travel to the Barksdale Global Power Museum.  We will be able to see airplanes used and made famous at Barksdale Air Force Base.  There is also a field of planes where one can walk around planes that have been retired.  And, it looks like there is a gift shop.  ONE IMPORTANT ITEM:  entry requires that you have an up-to-date ID, like a current driver’s license or passport.  Double-check your documents.  (http://barksdaleglobalpowermuseum.com)

After Barksdale, we’ll make a quick trip to Natchitoches for lunch.  Natchitoches is known for their famous meat pies and we will have a chance to indulge.  Of course, there will be other options as well.  We will eat in the well-known Natchitoches eatery, The Landing Restaurant.  (www.thelandingrestaurantnatchitoches.com)

Then, to the final stop of the trip, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.  As the name implies, we will be able to catch up on our knowledge of Louisiana sports as well as some of Louisiana’s history.  (www.lasportshall.com) After this stop, back to Baton Rouge.  We should arrive around 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Details:  cost is $170.00 per person for double occupancy.  ($220 for a single, $155  each for 3 in a room, and $145 each for 4 in a room.)   Because of keeping up with the number of rooms, roommates, etc., all reservations will be made by contacting Frank Carney, 766-4916.  Checks need to be made to UUMC, and sent to Frank Carney, 1151 Pastureview Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.  The deadline is Friday, August 29, 2014.  Payment is due upon registration. Because of the large cost of reserving the bus and other expenses, once you commit to go, there can be no refunds.