We Have Winners! #128

By: hunu , 9:20 PM GMT on April 21, 2010

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Well, gang, you're not doing too well on identifying THE THINGIE. So, now we have THREE clues, and new guesses are welcome. The deadline's been extended until 6 pm CDT. As someone pointed out, not everyone gets up and goes on Sunday like Otherbug! Results and the unveiling of Otherbug's Traveling Companion will be at 7 pm CDT tonight.

CLUE #1 ~ I'd hate for you to feel you have a bone to pick if you don't win!

CLUE #2 ~ You'd better "scoot" if you're going to get your answer in on time!

CLUE #3 ~ What's missing in this list? Monday night wrestling, mud wrestling, jello wrestling......


Now, just in case you think the prize is a box of chigger-laden Spanish Moss, a souvenir bottle of Tabasco and a plastic go-cup from The Sandpiper Bait Shop down in Cocodrie, you need to think again. The two winners will receive their very own copy of this book.


See? We're not cheap around this joint! So put your thinking caps on and get with it - if you're the one person who gets "The Thingie" you're guaranteed a win!

Every trip has an end, and the end would come for this one.
Eventually Otherbug had to pull her self away from her favorite big tree in Le Bois Mauvaise Maurais (Bad Wood Swamp) and begin the journey back to city life.


Looking backward, the wake from the boat made Liner Canal shimmer in a way it didn't when we came into the swamp. There's a lot to be said for ripples, too.


Once the trip back across the lake was over and the boat tied up, it was time to leave Camp Dularge and do some road traveling. We traveling by the grassy edge of Falgout canal, the wonderful vistas of Sweetwater pond where the wind-driven water covered the road, and the mixed vegetation along Little Calliou Road as it passed Rabbit Bayou on its way to Cocodrie.






Eventually, we got down to the end of Four Point Road, where there was a lot of water and a lot of laughter when a fellow in one of the houses along the canal looked us over and said, "Say. Haven't I seen you before?" As a matter of fact he had - eating crawfish pistolettes at Schmoopy's restaurant up in Dulac just six hours earlier. What are the odds? On the bayou, they're pretty good, but he was so impressed he had to have his photo taken with Otherbug!



We stopped to take photos of some other friends we'd made, too - a plover, a spoonbill and some sandpipers.




Then, we began wending our way up the Bayou Teche, the snake-like waterway that runs through town after town from Port Barre to Patterson/Morgan City. There are lovely homes along its banks, with interesting histories and little historical quirks to amuse.




Eventually, we reached our last destination of the trip, the lovely town of Breaux Bridge, where we began our travels. Known for art, crawfish, friendly people and terrific festivals and music, it's also a good place to kick back.





It was no trouble at all to settle down in the gazebo overlooking the Teche and rock away the late afternoon, already planning another trip back to the bayous, and recalling the beauty of sunset in the swamps.



You can travel by car in Louisiana and have a lot of fun. You can find good food, good music and great people. But there are folks in Louisiana who travel by water as much as by road, and our travelin' Otherbug wanted a little of that action, too!


Her friend from the oyster house just happened to have a boat and a little free time, so off they went. First, they had to wait for an inland drilling rig to make its way through the intersection of Bayou DuLarge and the Falgout Canal. (See where that yellow line crosses the canal? That's the place.) It was headed from the "rig parking lot" in Lake De Cade to the Houma Industrial Canal. After that - well, Otherbug's friend didn't know.


Once the rig was gone, they got underway. They passed some little houses, some big houses, and some houses that don't have to have their lawns mowed.


Then, they passed out of the Falgout Canal into Lake De Cade, where the rig "parking lot" is.


There were some fishermen around in jon boats, and a couple of crabbers, but these fellows were working. They probably were on their way to Houma, too. Their rig looked way too big for the ICW.


See where the marsh is on the map? There's a pretty little canal that goes up into that area. Otherbug saw swamp lilies, and lots of migratory birds. She wanted to see the Northern Perula, a beautiful yellow and blue bird, but she only heard it. She and her friend did get to see three bald eagles flying.

Here's the rest of the bird list: Moor hens, Eastern Kingbird, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Blue Heron, Louisiana Heron, Green Heron, Cardinals, Osprey, Black Vulture, Brown-Headed Cowbird, Boat Tailed Grackel, Seagulls, Shrike, Red-Winged Blackbird.





Back out in the lake, just a little west, is the Liner Canal. See how straight it is on the map? That's how you can tell a canal from a bayou. Once in the canal, it's only a little way to the entrance to Le Bois Mauvaise Marais - Bad Wood Swamp! Never mind the name. It's beautiful!



Farther up the canal, in the heart of the swamp, Ray Liner was at home. His great-granddaddy helped to dig the canal that bears his name - and they did it by hand!


Ray was thinking about mowing his grass, just as soon as he got the lawnmower fixed and just as soon as the water receded from his yard. The rule of thumb seems to be, "If you need to wear your boots, you don't need to be mowing."


Visiting the neighbors is a little more complicated than a walk across the street, too. Keep that paddle handy!


One of the best things about the swamp, they say, is the home-cookin'. That goes for music, too. Here's a little tribute to swamp men you won't hear in the tourist joints.

Otherbug thinks maybe these guys know the words to the song, too. They're fishing at the little dam that separates Liner Canal from Lake Penchant.


Finally, it was time to leave. The Spanish Moss on the trees was so beautiful Otherbug took way too many photos of it, but these two are nice.



Otherbug knew how to get home: down Liner Canal, east through Lake De Cade, into the Falgout Canal and a right at Bayou DuLarge. She thinks the best thing is that she can find her way back to the swamp now, too!

Even when the day was over, the banks of Bayou DuLarge were as pretty as Le Bois Mauvaise Marais!


After all the excitement, Otherbug decided to just have a rest and think about the wonderful things she'd seen!


4/26 Louisiana's more than crawfish, crabs and Cajun music. They've got history, art and literature, too. Everyone has to stop by St. Martinville to see one of our most famous poetic heroines, and Otherbug did, too!


The famous tree is very pretty. It was too big to fit into one picture without getting a lot of tourists, too, so here's a piece of Evangeline's tree.


People in Louisiana are real friendly, and they do like to party. These ladies thought Otherbug might like to go with them into Henderson to Whiskey River, but it just wouldn't fit into the schedule.


It took this fellow to figure out the real advantage of having a swivel-head. Otherbug wasn't sure whether she'd rather be Longfellow or dance with a real fellow!


There are some things that just make life worthwhile. A good porch, a good dog and a good boat. Looks like Bug's got 'em all on her journey. Time to pick up and travel a bit today - there's still a bayou or two to explore by water!





And just because Bug said in another blog that her mama liked irises, here are some pretty yellow ones. Bug saw pink and yellow ones a lot, but there are a few pretty deep purple ones that grow wild,too. They aren't the state flower, but she thinks they ought to be.


4/25 Even a birdie perches sometimes, and even a girl that likes to run the country has to sit down sometimes.
It wasn't easy finding the right place. Some were a little too small and informal...


But Bug kept looking and found one that suited her a little better. She thinks once she gets settled it will be perfect....


4/23 ~ Rain didn't keep Bug from dipping a line in the water. She didn't catch any fish - no Sac au Lait, no ma'am. But those cute little turtles came a-flockin' and that's when Bug discovered turtles love bread, just like ducks. She thinks this may have been the mama.


Since she couldn't catch a fish, she listened to another Benoit sing about fish. It was almost as good.

4/22 Bug Decides to Become a Flower Child again, just for a while. Hanging out with irises isn't so bad!


4/23 Travel Rule #74 ~ If it's sunny, take your photos. It may not always be sunny.

Yesterday was sunny on the bayou, and Bug admired some flowers while she was hanging out.

She has some new favorites, too.

Best bumper sticker: Deer ~ The Other Red Meat
Best bathroom grafitti ~ For a Good Time, Read John 3:16
Best way to consume jambalaya ~ Listening to Lee Beniot at

Best saying: Allons Dancer!

4/22 Bug rolls into Breaux Bridge after finding a truck headed that way to pick up crawfish. After a crawfish pie lunch and jambalaya for supper, she's thinking gumbo.



4/22 Palmetto Bug Goes Hitchhiking!

4/21 Palmettobug Escapes, Hits Road

Nobody promised me a rose garden, but I got one, anyhow.

Bug's Rose Garden

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183. redagainPatti
12:53 PM GMT on May 09, 2010
well too late to say Gator wrestling... but my first pick was pig wrestling
.. few words from somebody that came very late into this blog..

Life has been rather busy this winter and I have not been able to pop into the WU like I would like to. Still can not claim much time during the next 3 weeks.. BUT

Wanted to say... Happy Day! to all the moms out there and in here..

hugs from northern Mississippi
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182. shoreacres
1:26 AM GMT on May 06, 2010
Laura, that's awfully kind of you. I surely did learn a lot on this trip. There were a couple of times when I actually thought, "A tripod would be nice", and I discovered there are times when the camera's viewfinder was the only way to go - not that silly little screen.

Birds are HARD, too! When we were down with the roseate spoonbills and the night heron, they were intent on keeping their backs to us - and there was no way to get in front of them - not without boots, at least. And fly? Oh, my goodness they did fly - just when I'd get all settled and have the right lens and such for getting the perfect photo - off they'd go!

Wendy pointed out something I've never thought about. Good bird and wildlife photographers spend an inordinate amount of time just sitting around waiting for something to happen ;-) It was pretty much catch-as-catch-can for us, because we always were on the move. But with some time to sit down in the swamp and wait....? That could be even more fun!
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181. SunsetSailor
1:13 AM GMT on May 06, 2010
Love the photography, you're getting soooo good at it.
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180. shoreacres
1:31 PM GMT on May 04, 2010
atmoaggie ~ Hey! Tradition's important, don't you know? If we let go of our potholes, the next thing you know they won't let us have juglines (something else I learned about).

I brought some of that happiness home with me in my suitcase. We'll see how long it lasts!

Tamarind ~ It was a lovely, lovely trip, the land is beautiful and the variety of creatures just amazing. I'm so glad others have enjoyed it, too. I've never had such a sense of the fragility of earth and water - and it knots my stomach every time I think about what's happening in the Gulf now.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it!
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179. Tamarind
12:56 PM GMT on May 04, 2010
Thank you so much for this wonderful blog and the awesome photos. I so much enjoyed seeing Louisiana through your lens.
178. atmoaggie
2:14 AM GMT on May 04, 2010
Quoting shoreacres:

atmoaggie ~
Thanks for stopping by! I didn't have a clue that you're in that area. I still have a great-aunt living over off Harrell's Ferry Road outside Baton Rouge. I can remember being at her house as a kid - my first introduction to pecans and Spanish moss!

You grew up in some fine country, that's for sure. The people are great, too. I'm sure there are some unhappy people and some jerks, but I haven't found one yet. Things are no doubt a good bit more tense now, given the circumstances, but there's been a lot of smiling going on when I've been there ;-)

I know that road...lol (well, both of them, a N and a S Harrell's Ferry). Same potholes for at least 20 years...

Yep, Louisiana people are generally happy in spite of many things about the place to get grouchy about. you have assessed that correctly.
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177. shoreacres
2:10 AM GMT on May 04, 2010
Karen ~ Naw, there's no precedent set here. Things just fell into place and I went a little temporarily insane ;-) All of Bug's travels have been fun to follow - as a matter of fact, when I looked at her "suitcase", it amazed me how many images I remember from all those trips. The only one that was a little fuzzy was the original picnic, but I hadn't been around long enough then to really be tuned in to what was happening.

I'll bet there's someone out there who will show her another good time - once she's had a bit of a rest!

Oh - those lithops are just amazing. I kept looking and looking to see if I could see any changes from the first pic to the last. Finally, I thought I did. But they are strange, for sure. For some reason they look like little pancakes to me!
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176. shoreacres
2:05 AM GMT on May 04, 2010
Finn! ~ I just laughed and laughed at your STORMTOP suggestion. I haven't been here from the very beginning, but I've been here long enough to have enjoyed some of that particular saga.

So glad you enjoyed this - and I was hoping to pull out a few of the "old timers" by spamming you all with the prize announcement! LOL

Doc ~ You know what made me feel good about that experience with the mysterious critter was how fast the folks got back to me. I called on Saturday and of course the office wasn't open. Monday morning, 10 a.m., there they were, checking things out.

Something else I didn't know, that's pretty funny in context. Just like there's a flock of birds or a covey of quail, there's a sleuth of bears. True - I looked it up after one of the folks down on Dularge road said there hadn't been just one bear, but a sleuth of bears. Never heard that used before, but it sure fits since we were trying to figure out a bear mystery!

Beth ~ Well, that's one of the nice things about blogs. You CAN read back.

I was interested in the armor-plated catfish. I've never heard of it - all I really know is channel cat. I see it's one of your invasive species - another problem that needs dealing with. (I guess it's not really your problem now, since you're not in Florida any longer. But you take my point.)

I hope you're about done with that unpacking, if not the organizing. Doesn't it feel good to have the move finally over?

Bug ~ I remember that cruise. I read the entries, but I believe I'll read them again because I didn't know you so well then and it'll be interesting to go back and see what piqued your interest.

I carry a notebook too, and you're exactly right that it only takes a word or two to bring a lot back. It's so easy to get confused when you're packing so much into such a short time.

atmoaggie ~
Thanks for stopping by! I didn't have a clue that you're in that area. I still have a great-aunt living over off Harrell's Ferry Road outside Baton Rouge. I can remember being at her house as a kid - my first introduction to pecans and Spanish moss!

You grew up in some fine country, that's for sure. The people are great, too. I'm sure there are some unhappy people and some jerks, but I haven't found one yet. Things are no doubt a good bit more tense now, given the circumstances, but there's been a lot of smiling going on when I've been there ;-)
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175. SBKaren
1:34 AM GMT on May 04, 2010
Shores - thanks for answering me - no matter what blog the other response went in! I'm awfully glad you did this too. What a fun adventure you went on - I have NO doubt you made some great memories, and you took us along with you. I thoroughly enjoyed this all.

I know this must have taken a great deal of time, framing the photos, writing on two computers, using two names...whew - how DID you keep it straight!

You do know, though, that you have set up a precedence for the next person who gets Bug. LOL

I'm just glad she's already had her turn here!!! LOLOLOL
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174. atmoaggie
1:11 AM GMT on May 04, 2010
Well, shore, I for one have enjoyed your exposition of my home. I may live on the northshore, across the lake from New Orleans, but I grew up southeast of Baton Rouge in some of the territory you visited.

And, yes, I know what a scute is ;-)
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173. palmettobug53
1:03 AM GMT on May 04, 2010
Shore, I took daily notes every evening on our cruise a couple of years ago. I knew that internet time onboard was going to be pricey and I couldn't blog about our trip until I got back. Without notes, I'd forget little details and what we did on which days all mixed up.

I just jotted very brief 'reminders' of what we did each day. Once I got home, those little words and phrases were enough to kickstart my memory. I think I got one or two things written about on the 'wrong' day but on the whole, I got my recollections down right.

If and/or when you have time, check my archives for Nov/Dec 2007. I did 4 or 5 entries for the whole trip.
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172. PeaceRiverBP
12:20 AM GMT on May 04, 2010
Linda; I wish I'd had more time to follow your blog as things were unfolding- just reading back has been such fun!!! You really out-did yourself on this!

It's funny, because I was wondering if you were behind the mystery because I thought I recognized your style of writing and photography; but then you were still posting as yourself, too, so you had me fooled! And about the scutes, I knew I'd seen them while I was working for Florida Fish & Wildlife, but I couldn't for the life of me remember what critters they belonged to... other than I knew it was something aquatic. Part of a turtle shell was one of my guesses, or maybe even an armor-plated catfish, but I had nothing concrete enough to email to Hunu and no time to research it as we're still busy working/moving/unpacking.

Thanks for some wonderful entertainment! :-)
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171. DocNDswamp
8:47 PM GMT on May 03, 2010
LOL, I almost responded to Shore as hunu on one occasion, or was it other way around? ... Whew...!

Well, we ALL learned a lot from your adventures, fine images and the mystery object, the osteoderm / scute... Most locals just refer to 'em as nubs or spikes...
Actually, along with gators, armadillos, and a few other animals, most of a turtle shell has considerable scutes...

LOL, that hog of a bear, or vice-versa... a rather embarrassing moment for moi in the ID department, for had fresh memories of the long-running local tale of the Dularge bear that took up residence there this past Fall-Winter... and I feared worst upon seeing the carcass image, jumping to conclusions... Louisiana bears are small, very shy and no threat to humans and most pets, but ya know how some folks might react... We do have isolated ferrel hog issues locally - had one removed from our property a year ago, but didn't seem to resemble that one... Heavier infestations of them for generations away from here to N and W, over most of LA... Possible that one could have been taken elsewhere (or locally) and carcass remnant just dropped off at the end of that secluded road y'all happened upon...

LOL Finn!
ST would have never gotten past the 1st sentence of the trip without calling for a Cat 5 swamping NOLA... Okay, so he was right that one time... Sadly, a good call!

Gotta fly, hunuOtherShoreBugNDswamp!
Cheers all!
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170. LakeWorthFinn
7:50 PM GMT on May 03, 2010
Congrats to the winners!
I thought the thingy was a stamp or dough...
and thought hunu was STORMTOP... without CAPITAL LETTERS TO CONFUSE US - LMAO
OMG this was fun, thanks!
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169. shoreacres
7:46 PM GMT on May 03, 2010
Well, hi, everyone!

Karen ~ I know I typed out an answer to you, but I have no idea which blog it was on or where it went! LOL

Anyhow, I left on Thursday, 4/22 and got home Monday, 4/26. But, since I had so many photos and didn't want to spend my whole trip processing and posting, I just dragged things out the rest of the week after I got home! I'd go to work and sand and varnish during the day, popping in now and then, and then turn myself back into hunu at night! LOL

As for not having the time to do it - sometimes you just have to make time. And it was worth every minute. It worked out well with mom, too - one of the reasons I didn't say anything about going is because I wasn't sure up to the last minute everything would work out to get away. When I realized I could go, and Bug was available as a traveling companion - well! At that point, everything became clear!

Gamma ~ See? If folks had known I was gone it would have been too easy. That's why I tried to keep both blogs going.
AND I tried not to post at the same time. Or use the same computer! I was getting frustrated a bit by the end, too, because there were so many things I wanted to write about, but I just couldn't.

But now I can! Soon's I get some of my work caught up, of course.

Skye ~ Those scutes are amazing. One thing I didn't know until yesterday is that they aren't just protection. They increase the amount of skin surface too, to help the cold-blooded creature stay warm. One writer referred to them as the alligator's "solar panels". It makes sense when you think about it.

But I didn't have a clue when I first saw them. I thought rock or coral, too. I must say, I saw more bones and carcasses on this trip than I've ever seen in one little jaunt. Well, apart from armadillos and opposums along the road, of course.

Oh - and I learned that the prehistoric giant armadillo called a glypton had scutes, too. I've got more knowledge than I know what to do with.

Doc ~ You know, I didn't even think about the framing at first. Funny how we leave signatures all over the place without realizing it. My "real" friend who was with me just about freaked when I added the comment about Wendy's 50 ton license, too. She thought everyone would pick up on that and know it was me because of the water connection.

I have a little "travel book" where I keep notes about things I either forget to take or didn't anticipate needing on a given trip. This time I knew jeans, tees and work shoes. Next time I'll add some shrimper boots and a pair of heavy work gloves. You never know when you're going to have to stretch out a carcass!

OH! I got a call back from the folks at Wildlife and Fisheries re: the possible bear. I told them we thought it was javelina or feral hog after consideration, but they were going to send someone by to take a look anyhow, just to be sure.

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168. DocNDswamp
7:15 PM GMT on May 03, 2010

Well, as mentioned elsewhere I admit some minor complicity as had some prior knowledge both before and during Linda's trip to our region... LOL, and a good chuckle all along during the past week, although also had to be a little cautious in my responses to "both" Shore and hunu... ;)

Hey Karen,
Actually, no I usually don't "frame" mine (might be Sandi or Pros?)... and I too was concerned many might remember Linda's almost signature-like framing of her wonderful images would give it away...

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167. SBKaren
6:52 PM GMT on May 03, 2010
Ok Linda - now that I know it is you - you never answered my question! I scrolled all the way back!

You said you have been home since last Sunday, but I don't know where you went. Did you JUST return from Louisiana?

I guess being from the west coast and never seeing an alligator (well, I have, but just not a lot and not frequently) I never went there. I thought about just guessing it, but the picture was deceiving. I thought many times with the writing style that it was Linda, but I never thought she would of had the time to do this. You really pulled off a good one Linda!

I actually thought it was DocNDSwamp. He writes well and also finishes his pictures with frames, although he does sign them. But I thought maybe he just didn't do it for this contest.

You really had me stumped!
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166. Skyepony (Mod)
5:47 PM GMT on May 03, 2010
Congrates to the winners!! That bone looked so familiar.. I've seen them but never knew where they came from. as for the second I somehow knew who hunu was but I thought there was a 2nd person that came along (besides bug) that I was trying to guess..lol.
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165. seflagamma
5:22 PM GMT on May 03, 2010
Oh correction, my first, very first thought was "code"... she travels that route all the time...and takes great pictures....

but when she travels that route she is probably on her way to Texas and driving about 90 MPH or higher to get there...and she has her "kids" with her...and it was not her writing style...so ruled her out then moved on to Come up with Trisa or M~E...
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164. seflagamma
5:19 PM GMT on May 03, 2010

That "thingy" did hagve me stumped for awhile and was making me crazy!

First glance thought it was coral or sponge..then the clues I newit was a bone of some type! Swamps = Gators!

As far as you are concerned, I thought you were in Texas and I never saw anything about you taking a vacation week...or I would have guessed it by the writing and photos..
so after I ruled you out, I thought of Trisa who takes great pictures and lives in the area and often travels to Destin...

then I thgought of MaryEster "M~E"...She loves to travel and tromp thru swamps and such and takes good photos...

This was so much fun!
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163. shoreacres
12:23 PM GMT on May 03, 2010
GardenGrrl ~ This was really, really fun. Of course, it was all Bug, all the time. Now I get the double fun of actually writing about it! LOL

Code ~ From the looks of things this morning, Otherbug may be happy to wait just a bit before taking off again - she seems to be flattened from all the excitement!

OGal ~
Now it's my time to laugh myself silly! Great computer work? Oh, gosh.
The funny thing is I had to even learn the mysteries of photobucket and set up an account there in order to disguise the source of the photos. The system I usually use has my name as part of the URL. That wouldn't do at all!

When Wendy first showed me the scute, I didn't have a clue, and my first thought was coral. The only thing weird was that it obviously hadn't broken away from something else, and that wasn't coral like. Anyway - I know a whole lot more about alligators now, inside and out. Best/worst of all, I know what one sounds like when it hits the water twenty feet away, lol

Bug ~ By the time I thought about the appearance of the photos, it was too late to change. There are so many little "signatures" each of us has... really interesting.

No, I haven't shown mom yet. Tonight, probably. She has met your double, though. She looked at you, looked at me, looked at you again and said, "This is like something your dad's department at work would have done." That's pretty high praise. The Industrial Engineers at Maytag were... umm... creative in their amusements! Like Doc's Indians roaring through the swamp, their activities often were fueled by alcohol ;-) Another time, another place...
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162. palmettobug53
10:59 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Pros, you weren't alone. I thought of Sandi, too. She frequently 'frames' her photos in the same way.

Shore, you're right: there's nothing like having a knowledgable local take you out and show you the sights. You really lucked out; the two of you had so much in common and that creates a good rapport.

Have you had a chance to show Mom the pictures yet? I'm sure she's much like my Dad. He doesn't really 'get' this blogging thing that we do. I try to explain to him but it's just outside his ken. He will enjoy the pictures, which I'll be sure to show him the next time I'm up. His birthday is the 24th and I plan to head up his way around that time.
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161. OGal
10:35 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
My first guess was Ally, then I changed to Redhead and then like Pros, I figured the great computer work had to be Shore. The thingy truly had me stumped. First I thought it was coral, my west coast of Fl knowledge. Then at the last minute changed to a sponge, still west coast knowledge. So much fun during a really sad time in our area. Thank you again Shore for uniting all of us and of course you Bug for being such a good sport
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160. code1
6:03 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Too funny and fun! Had no clue of the thingy, but your writing style was not to be denied Linda! Dead knew, as in thingy thing not (no clue), was saw here. Well done Foxx and Linda. Will look forward to her next trip!
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159. GardenGrrl
5:49 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Awesome :-)!
You get a Standing Ovation for this one.
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158. shoreacres
4:49 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Keith ~ It was such fun! And I have one more little project I may take a run at. That video I made of the trains was such fun.... But work before play for a while now!
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157. tkeith
4:12 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Awesome Shore :)

Thank you for the ride!
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156. shoreacres
3:55 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
NumberWise ~ Isn't the rocker great? The pretty little gazebo it was in had four or five or them overlooking Bayou Teche. Just lovely.

One of the things I like best about traveling is going into a place I know almost nothing about and coming out with not just appreciation but knowledge. I've heard of Houma, Lousiana my whole life, but never knew the Houma were an Indian tribe. I didn't have a clue that it was salt water incursion killing the swamps. I've read DocNDSwamp for two years and "understood" the arguments about the navigation canal, but until you're there and you see it - well, it's just something.

And having a guide helps. The woman who took us into the swamp was full of information - she could spot a bird or a gator where we saw nothing. She told us about the corporate practices that keep land private by keeping it from going back to marsh. And what could be better for a varnisher who likes to write than having a guide who used to work crew boats and is a published author? LOL (Nice catch on the 50 ton license, by the way...)

It was great. Now, I just need to get caught up with work, things here at home and my wordpress blogging and then I can start sorting things out in my head. There are a hundred directions to go.
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155. shoreacres
3:46 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Carolinagal ~ Oh, gosh. I'm glad you were along, too. Wasn't it fun? And Bug is such a good traveling companion. She never fusses, and is perfectly happy with just about anything that comes along.

She was amazed to discover you can get crawfish etouffee for breakfast, though. She didn't do that, although she did seem to like the crawfish pie and the pisolettes. And the quarter pound of real butter that landed on the breakfast table a couple of times. My, my... the food police would be horrified.

Thanks for dropping by and I'm glad it makes sense! I was a little shaky at the beginning, trying to figure out how to do all this, but it worked out ok.

Rain ~ The trip was better than fun - it was pure satisfaction. Oh, we found some places I'll bet you would have enjoyed. Most of the best ones (i.e. the farthest off the beaten path) I don't have any photos of at all, because there was no way in the world I was going to pull my camera out. I was smart enough to pack some denims and faded tees - high profile isn't always the best thing in the world. Kept thinking about that old line - "It ain't no time for lengthy speeches..."

Glad to have you along for the ride!

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154. carolinagal
3:27 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Congrats to you all.

I can't even keep up with one blog & Linda has two of the best! Thank you.

This was fun. I love a good mystery. Of course, it all makes sense now.
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153. Rainman32
2:33 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Wow Linda, Excellent Job! I bet you have many more lurkers such as myself who didn't participate, but really enjoyed the ride! I seriously don't know if anyone else could have pulled it all off like you did. hope it was as fun for you as it was for every one else!:)

And Congrats Gams and OGal!
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152. NumberWise
1:02 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Congrats to the winners!

Linda, yes, this was so much fun, and also very interesting. That's a whole new world to me - swamps and bayous and spoonbills.

I particularly like the photo of the rocking chair.

Thanks for all the work you put into this, for obviously there were many of us along for the ride. Now I'm looking forward to the blogs that I'm sure will follow. Great job!
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151. Proserpina
1:02 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Fantastic! Congratulations GAMS! Congratulations OGAL! I am impressed that you are the only one! Good job.

Well, judging from the framing of the photos I figured that it was Shore or Sandi. If I remember correctly my first guess was Shore and then changed to Sandi. I figured Shore would be too busy with her essays and poetry! Half correct isn't bad.

Thank you SHORE, it was lots of fun!
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150. palmettobug53
12:42 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
YES! BIG congrats to Shore for pulling this off. I know it was a lot of work. VERY well done!

It was so much fun, even if I thought I was going to lose my mind over that thingy!
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149. palmettobug53
12:40 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
I knew the thingy was a bone. I just had a terrible time trying to figure out WHAT kind of bone and from what animal.

Hunu was easier. My first guess was more or less off the cuff. I thought it was Foxx, since I had been with her and I thought she'd said something about taking me on vacation with her again.

When I was told that Foxx was nowhere around, I had to put on my thinking cap and look for clues. Who was posting on their own blog? Or not? Everyone seemed to be where they were supposed to be. Then, I got to thinking about the pictures themselves. There's only about 3 people in 'our' group that photoshops pictures like that. I started paying more attention to the writing. After a day or two, I emailed my conclusion and got a cryptic answer which answered my question of 'who' without a doubt.

But the bone... Oh, that bone. It haunted my dreams! Even with the second clue (and with a private hint about 'how many ways can you mispell 'scoot'?), I was stumped. Total brain lock.

It was this morning, with the third clue, that I figured out the mispelling of 'scoot' and there it was.

It is a good thing my hair is already so short or I'd have most of it pulled out by now! LOL
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148. SBKaren
12:38 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Well, I just got home from my daughter's apt., we've been over there helping her hang curtains, fix a screen and clean a drain. Whew...I was planning on sitting in the jacuzzi, but that didn't happen. I couldn't wait to find out who won!

Congrats Gamma! Congrats OGal!

and a big CONGRATS to Linda for pulling the whole thing off. I never even had a suspicion.

You said you have been home since last Sunday, but I don't know where you went. Did you JUST return from Louisiana?

You really did an outstanding job - so take a break and relax!
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147. oneshotww
12:37 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Good one, Linda. I couldn't figure out who wrote so well AND lived in LA!
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146. aquak9
12:09 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
i loved every minute of it, loved the pics, oh the swamps and the bayous...was lurking the whole time- so glad gamma won-

a well needed smile
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145. DocNDswamp
12:07 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Okay Regis, I think I got it...

The thingie is an osteoderm or scute commonly found on crocodilians, specifically in this case, from a Louisiana alligator...

And our mystery host traveler accompanying OtherBug must be one of the few great talents who could have successfully pulled it off - Miss Shoreacres!

Final answer, Regis... as I've expired all my lifelines...

Congrats to Gams and OGal for winning the contest!!!

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144. hurigo
12:07 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Great Job!
Thank you very much
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143. shoreacres
12:06 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Gamma ~ ROFL!

I've been back in Texas since last Monday!
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142. Beachfoxx
12:05 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Congrats! to the winners!!!
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141. seflagamma
12:04 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
Now are you really in Louisianna or are you in Texas?

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140. seflagamma
12:03 AM GMT on May 03, 2010
It was fun....out of all of us who have hosted "Bug's visit" you really outdid yourself and provided so much fun ...

and now I am so wanting to go to those areas myself and check it out!

I am so happy...I told all my friends out on the pool deck and they all looked at me like I lost my mind....they did not understand at all...

but they never do unless you are part of us!
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139. shoreacres
11:58 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
Barefoot - Thanks so much! Now I need to take the laptop down to mom's and try and explain to her what this has been about. I tried once, and she said, "Wait until it's over and show me the pictures." lol
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138. Barefootontherocks
11:57 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
Thanks again, shore. Great fun!
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137. shoreacres
11:52 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
You are right, I need to rest. This really was an interesting experience, but it was more exhausting than I ever thought it would be.

On top of everything else, I was using two computers so my IP address would be different, too. I messed up once and logged on to SSIGG's blog as hunu from my home computer. I panicked, because I know they can track IPs and I was afraid they'd figure out shoreacres and hunu had the same IP ;-)

Plus, I put my picture with Bug into my photobucket gallery two days ago and just realized it today. Anyone who logged on could have figured it out right then and there! LOL

There were a couple other glitches, including missing a contestant, which is the worst. I must say, this was a little more complicated than I realized when I started!

But thanks to all for taking part in the fun. I surely did enjoy it.
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136. seflagamma
11:50 PM GMT on May 02, 2010



Shore I will send you my address! LOL

And how did you keep up with your blog like you were working

and do all this traveling?????

I am grinning from ear to ear!
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135. AllyBama
11:46 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
lol...I would never have guessed either!..Congrats to the winners!
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134. palmettobug53
11:38 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
When you are doing two blog identities at the same time, it can be exhausting.

You couldn't disappear completely or it would have been obvious who was 'missing' from the fun.

That Halloween that we all did 'scream' handles and tried to guess who everyone was? You had to log on as yourself and your aka, back and forth, and it was quite easy to forget 'who' you were!

You did a very good job of it. Now you need to rest! LOL
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133. OGal
11:34 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
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