I'm currently in New Orleans for the annual seminar of American Horse Publications, an industry group for horse magazine people (it's sort of like AAEP for equine publishing).

As usual, I'm making note of all the equine activity. Between the carriage mules, fiberglass horses at the Mardi Gras World parade float wonderland, and the gorgeous steeds of the NOPD gracing Bourbon Street, there's been quite a bit to see.

Tonight we were lucky enough to go on a ghost tour through the French Quarter. Tour guide Kalila Smith wove some fantastic tales for us, including a story about a hologram-like apparition replaying the Battle of Shiloh (complete with cavalry horses and mules) in the former residence of General Beauregard. The LaLaurie house

At right, see the LaLaurie House, considered to be the most haunted locale. I shot pics as we were walking down the block and every single one of them has that weird splotch of color--it's a different size and shade in each, but it's there. Interesting, eh?

In poking around on the tour company's Web site, I also found an interesting picture of a horse with what's described as a wolf ghost. Check it out. (Or see the whole collection).  

Stay tuned for more weird news.

In other news, in the past 48 hours or so I have eaten:

  • Alligator
  • Seafood gumbo
  • Mango sorbet
  • Veggie muffaletta
  • Shrimp po'boy

And much, much more. Once I get around to the beignets, they'll have to roll me home.