Secure access at Port of New Orleans.

port of no

The Port of New Orleans is the fourth largest port in the U.S. based on cargo volume. It also has the longest wharf in the world at 2.01 miles. It handles rubber, coffee, steel, containers, coal, manufactured goods, and over half of the country’s grain exports. About 6,000 vessels travel the Mississippi River each year passing thru this major hub for American waterway trade. But not everyone is allowed to see the action. With video surveillance and a felony offense for unauthorized entry, the best a Puch Maxi can do is pose in front of the one of its gated entrances.

A visit to Camp Parapet.

Camp Parapet was part of a Confederate military fortification constructed in 1861 to protect the city of New Orleans from a north attack on the Mississippi River. Intended to help defend against both a naval and land attack, it stretched from the river to Lake Pontchartrain. Because the Union fleet took the city by sailing in from the south, it was never used. All that remains of Camp Parapet is a grass-covered powder magazine near the river levee (not open to the public). Also on this location is American Legion Jefferson Post 267 (which explains the World War II artillery in the background).

A rising Mississippi River.

puch on the river

Took a ride to see the Mississippi River. It’s on pace to rise up to near flood-stage heights. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, rainfall upriver and in the Mississippi Valley have fed the river’s growth. The river is projected to rise to 16.5 feet above sea level, just shy of the official flood stage of 17 feet for New Orleans. The levee system is built to protect the city if the river crests up to 20 feet. That’s reassuring given my Puch Maxi does not have pontoons.