Iota, Louisiana

Yesterday we drove the motorhome the about 25 miles from Lake Arthur to Iota, Louisiana. The motorhome is parked on a side street near American Legion Post #371 (white building) which was closed on a Saturday. We’ll move along this morning.

You can read about Iota, Louisiana by clicking this Wikipedia link…,_Louisiana

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…


Here’s the dinette window view…


And a partially hidden colorful sunset shot…


Prior to leaving Lake Arthur, the night before, Mary wanted some boiled Crawfish…so we went to Cody’s Cajun Seafood and Crawfish Shop…

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Mary expected to buy them and take them back to the motorhome and cook them there (she did buy an additional pound and did that also), but Cody asked her if she wanted to eat the cooked ones now. She did eat three pounds while Cody explained the ways of the Crawfish World…DSC03280 (Copy)

He asked who we were and we told him…and ended up with an invitation to join him at his Crawfish ponds yesterday morning. The following photos show the harvesting of Crawfish. These ponds are 55 acres with 1,200 Crawfish traps. The water is about 18 inches deep…


It takes a specially designed motor for the shallow water…


Here’s a partial view of the fields…


Here’s a view of a Crawfish Trap. The traps are baited with scrap fish pieces or processed bait. The Crawfish enter through one of the small three corner holes. They are harvested through the large hole at the top. A stake holds the trap to the pond bottom…


One person drives the boat while another pulls the traps…one about every five seconds. In that time the trap is emptied, re-baited and put back into the pond…


The trap is emptied onto a grader. If they are too small and fall through the opening…they get to live another day…


If they do not get through, they are swept into a net bag which holds about 32-35 pounds…


Here’s a different kind of boat where one person can both drive and harvest. It’s called a digger because of the front-mounted wheel..


Here’s a photo of a rear digger boat…also a one person operation…


Cody Newman’s shop is located at 302 Calcasieu Avenue in Lake Arthur, Louisiana. His phone number is 337-774-5770. Thanks Cody, for taking the time to show us your operations.

Enjoying Crawfish in Louisiana is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Louisiana. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


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