It's not the vacation to New Orleans these visitors planned. An untold number of vacationers remain trapped by Hurricane Katrina. Dozens of them from places like Tennessee, Arkansas, even Canada, have banded together to stay alive.
Their hotel tried to get them out yesterday, hiring 10 buses for them. But federal authorities commandeered the buses. They were told to go the convention center. There, they found no food or water, only an angry crowd.
So the tourists instead tried to cross a huge bridge blocks away, dragging their luggage through broken glass, smashed bricks and trash. But they were turned back by police, who fired warning shots in case they didn't get the message.
They spent the night within sight of a group of police, who brought food and water and promised to get them out. But they remain trapped this morning.
One man from Canada says, "I'm not sure I'm going to get out of here alive." He says he "grew up in an upper-middle-class family. And, in his words, "Street life is foreign to me."