Thursday, September 5, 2013
We went by the Edison Museum on the way out of Beaumont. It’s behind the Edison Plaza building. We were told that it was the brainchild of a group of employees from the local electricity company. They had a passion to promote the wonderful inventions that Thomas Alva Edison created to make the world a better place.
There are many interactive displays and equipment, along with Edison’s thoughts and quotes. (Would you name your child “Dot” or “Dash”?) It’s a pocket museum that is well worth driving back into town to visit – and it’s free!
We drove to Port Arthur to see the Museum of the Gulf Coast. Brittney,the manager at Floyd’s restaurant, is from the area and said we really should “see Janis Joplin.” Well, there are absolutely no restaurants near the museum, so we drove back into the middle of downtown to get lunch. Wound up at Tony’s BBQ. It looked familiar to my husband, then he realized he’s eaten at the Tony’s in Houston. That’s another franchise we’ve mistaken for a local eatery.
We did enjoy going through the museum.
Janis has her own little corner of memorabilia. There are several areas to explore. I liked the story about the canon that was used in the early years to put a hole in a burning oil tank to relieve the pressure so it wouldn’t explode. It was an interesting idea. When it was finally used, the canonball went through the first tank and through a second tank that was fine, before lodging in a neighboring field!
As we headed toward Baton Rouge, the last of the sun’s rays bathed the sky in warmth. The lovely combination of a beautiful sky and sparkling water is one of my favorite views.
Zea Rotisserie & Grill was wonderful! It IS a chain, but it’s a small chain. Reviewers gave it high marks. My Shrimp and Corn Maque Choux was flavorful. It was late and we didn’t want to go to bed on a heavy meal, so we split the Twice Cooked Crispy Duck with Snap Peas and Roasted Corn Grits.
Looking forward to a good night’s sleep. Hubby bid on another good deal. Holiday Inn Airport is a 2 ½ star for $50. He told the front desk that we both hit a milestone birthday this year (which is true) and we were taking a long road trip. She congratulated him and upgraded us to a room in the main building – much nicer!