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By: hunu , 9:20 PM GMT on April 21, 2010
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......
FOR DETAILS ON THE TWO CONTESTS, see Post #69!
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.
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