Quick Trip to Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Remember Hurricane Nate? Probably not; it wasn't really all that memorable, even for those of us on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We would normally have ridden out a category 1 storm at home, but since we had an out-of-town guest, we all skipped town! Alex and Scott were determined not to let a little hurricane get in the way of their golf plans, so Afton and I tagged along to Lake Charles, Louisiana for what I like to think of as an evacu-cation. Get it? ;)

day trip to Lake Charles, Louisiana with a toddler

First stop: tasty seafood at Steamboat Bill's

Steamboat Bill's Seafood Restaurant in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Afton and I were on our own while the guys were on the golf course the next day. We took a little stroll along the harbor.

boats in harbor in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Then we headed for nearby Millennium Park. This might be the coolest playground I've ever seen. It was massive, and so much fun!

Millennium Park playground in Lake Charles, Louisiana

It was really hot, so the splash park was a perfect spot for cooling down. Shout out to the clearance rack at the Carter's outlet for saving this Mom of the Year who forgot Afton's swimsuit. ;)

little girl at splash park at Millennium Park, Lake Charles, Louisiana

We worked up an appetite with all that playing, so we strolled through town looking for a bite to eat. 

mural and palm tree in downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana

We followed our ears to the Jazz Brunch at Luna Bar & Grill, and it really hit the spot! 

Luna Bar & Grill Sunday Jazz Brunch, Lake Charles, Louisiana restaurant

Afton was more than ready for nap time after lunch, so I enjoyed a scenic drive while she snoozed and the guys finished up their golf game. It was a lovely little town to take in from the car window. Thanks for being so hospitable, Lake Charles! :)