May 6- 11  Maui – San Jose – Dallas – Shreveport

How I did it:

May 6,  Maui to San Jose.   FLIGHT:  Redeemed 40K Miles Alaska Air (2 OW Tkt) seat upgrade $50.15 + taxes $11.20   HOTEL:  Sheraton Four Points San Jose $125.48.  May,  7-11  San Jose to Dallas   FLIGHT: Southwest Air (2 OW Tkt) $223.96.  CAR: Budget Economy Car 4 days $129.60.   Total: $540.39.

Note:   I chose to pay for the hotel in San Jose to get the 7000 reward points using my Starwood Preferred AMEX. We paid for Southwest Air miles since we didn’t have any miles to redeem at the time. We drove from Dallas to Shreveport and stayed at my in laws home and so we did not pay for a hotel in Shreveport.


Our road trip started from Dallas airport to Shreveport which took us 3 hours to drive.  The traffic was heavy at first and moved slowly on the freeway.  Once we got out of Dallas onto the interstate we were on our way.  And so were some other interesting vehicles. 🙂

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It’s been 5 years since we visited my husband’s family in Shreveport, LA.  And we were well over due to make the trip all the way from Maui.  We purposed to visit over the Mother’s Day weekend and it also coincided with Gerald’s birthday. Mother’s Day would be bittersweet for Gerald and for me due to my mother in law is going through late stages of dementia.  We were at peace seeing her and that she was lovingly being taken care of at home. It made for a wonderful Mother’s Day for all of us.

Our time hanging out with the family gave us time to reconnect. You feel a little older after seeing nieces and nephews growing and maturing in their own ways.

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My husband grew up in Shreveport and his parents still live in the same house where he grew up in.  The neighborhood still looks the same as I remembered it 5 years ago.  As in every city development happens and there’s new malls and restaurants popping up all over.  I still remember the crawfish restaurant where I had my first taste of crawfish. It no longer is in business.  We did manage to find another place which I think is better than the one I remembered.

Crawdaddy Kitchen

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Sunday was Mothers’ Day and Gerald’s birthday.  We took the time to go to church.  We love going to church even while we are travelling.  We had visited Shreveport Community Church the last time we were in Shreveport and it was a great Mother’s Day service.  The pastor is someone we already knew and was a frequent visitor to Maui.  Denny Duron was a former NFL player and has devoted his life to preaching and helping the kids of Shreveport.

Gerald was a happy man on his birthday as he dined in style at the famous Copeland’s of New Orleans restaurant.  We were amidst the Mother’s Day crowd, but it was worth the wait.  Fried catfish and seafood gumbo are some of the delicacies in Louisiana.   There’s no lack of good eating in Louisiana.

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Our time with the family was coming to an end. It was time to travel to our next destination.  We love you all and look forward to seeing you again.

 

Places we ate:

Crawdaddy Kitchen

Copeland’s of New Orleans

Monjunis Italian Café

 

Places visited:

Louisiana Boardwalk Outlet

Shreveport Community Church