Into the Green of Spring...

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Lake Fosse Pointe

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

We really hated to leave Sam Houston Jones State Park.  Our neighbors, Leroy and Sharon Hardy, invited us over for dinner last night and it was delicious!  We had fried shrimp, which Leroy had caught, and rice bathed in an etoufee that was Sharon's own favorite recipe.  The best Cajun food so far, it was!  They are really great people.  They shared several stories of the area with us.  One especially appealed to me.  Leroy used to have a boat that he used in his hobby of shrimping.  On one occasion, he and his brother-in-law were out and put in the "troll" they made only four passes of about two hundred feet and the "troll" was full.  No fish in it, no crabs, only shrimp!  He estimated the catch at over a thousand pounds.  Many of the shrimp weren't actually shrimps, themselves, but over six inches in length.  A great story.  Leroy isn't given to exaggeration, so I must say that I do believe him.  He sold the boat to his bro-in-law, but continues to go out shrimpin' with him when asked.  He says when it all goes right it's easy.  When something goes wrong, it makes for a long and hard day.  We were sorry to leave them.  

Today's drive was a challenge.  I'm pretty well used to the wind, but a new element raised it's ugly head:  rough road.  When we hit the aging concrete on I-10 we were truly shaken to see how bad it is.  I had been warned by a fellow from Florida about how bad this road is east of N'Orleans, but now we've experienced it first hand.  Even the flour canister bounced out of an upper cabinet and spread it's contents all over the kitchen floor.  Drawers bounced open and the toaster rolled over in submission.

When we left that nefarious highway, we were soon on two lane, narrow roads along various levees.  Curvy but in much better repair.  We took our time and reveled in the new growth of spring coming.  We saw many apiaries being set up for summer and lots of green.  It's a great color, green and gives us hope.  Soon, believe it or not, it will hit the Nort'land and you too will be happy to see it.

Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is a bit remote by the standards of places we've stayed.  It's surrounded by various types of water: a lake, of course, but also bayous, pools and swamps.  And, alligators... A park naturalist said that they have many, but that they usually avoid man and are no real danger.  If the turtles are out, you'll see 'gators.  We saw only one turtle and unfortunately, no alligators.  Our walk, about an hour and a half, on the blue trail led us to Cardinals and various unidentified birds an one other surprise: an armadillo!  I did a short video of the little critter, especially for the younger set and for those of you who haven't actually seen one.  

As usual, we're back at Shorty's Place now, right near the water.  We're in Site 48 and there's a small dock with benches not far from the Coach.  It a little over seventy five degrees as I write this at five o'clock.  Some beautiful clouds adorn the sky, just waiting to contribute to an amazing sunset.  We're here just one night, unfortunately, but will be coming to you from New Orleans tomorrow.  It's about one hundred and sixty miles from here and Lynnie says "That's not bad, is it Ralph?"  She'll drive someday again, I hope.  It was a bit difficult prying her fingers from the wheel last time, but I have even more hope that she'll give it a try again.  In the Dakotas, maybe.  Au Revoir from Dis Place...
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