Posts Tagged With: swamp

FAIR WEATHER WALK

Yesterday was a beautiful weather day. Jim fixed a blown fuse on the back-up camera, and a few other little chores. I lost my mobile home to an indoor flood and dealt with the related issues much of the morning and late in the day. Jim received news that Aaron Canvasser, a good friend of his died and he was feeling blue.

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This is Aaron giving me a haircut on the first day that we met in 2010.  He came to visit us where we were staying in Yuma. Then I gave him a haircut. He was so much fun to be around. It is a haircut I’ll never forget.

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We didn’t feel like doing much so we drove around the park, took more swamp pictures. The swamp was  gray and cheerless. I kept trying to find color.

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Moving water and shadows produced an abstract.

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This one tree near the boardwalk had three different pieces of tackle stuck in it.

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This piece was hanging in the wind. The third piece was one of those yo-yos.

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I talked to five fishermen on the board walk. This guy was using a baby crawfish for bait. He said he usually gets perch in this lake, and an occasional bass. None of them had fish yet. He told us about an alligator farm nearby.

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The boardwalk here is lengthy and makes a pretty pattern.

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A clump of iris. The green just emphasizes the gray of the cypress.

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But, spring is just around the corner. I expect to see  green leaves soon. We spent the late part of the day sitting outside for the second time this winter. It was comfortable enough to read our books and enjoy the fresh air right up to supper time. Life is good.

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Chicot State Park, Louisiana – Day 4

The motorhome is parked at Chicot State Park near Ville Platte, Louisiana. We are scheduled to depart here tomorrow.

Yesterday was a delightful sunny, 69 degree, day with a gentle breeze. We had a very leisurely day…doing minor repairs and some regular maintenance on the motorhome and Bronco. We took the Bronco to see other areas of the park. Here are some of the photos that I took…

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…

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In other news…some sad news for me…

I received a phone call a few days ago from Ceecee Canvasser telling me that my very good friend Aaron, age 73,  suffered a stroke while dancing…which he loved to do. Yesterday she called again telling me he had passed away. I first met Aaron and CeeCee back in 1997 and over the years developed a very close relationship. Somewhere along the way we got to calling each other…Uncle. Uncle Aaron and I shared many, many hours of interesting conversation together. I shall miss Uncle Aaron greatly. Rest in peace amigo…

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Marys husband George was 73 years old when he passed away in 2000. Mary and I will both become 73 later this year. Hmmmm….

Enjoying beautiful state parks 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…

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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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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Chicot State Park, Louisiana – Day 2

The motorhome is parked at Chicot State Park near Ville Platte, Louisiana. We are scheduled to depart here on Friday.

Built in 1939, at 6,400 acres with 198 campsites, it’s Louisiana’s largest state park. You can read about Chicot State Park, Louisiana by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicot_State_Park

The reason we are here is that it’s located along the Zydeco Cajun Prairie Byway which you can read about by clicking this link…
http://zydecocajunbyway.com/links.html

Yesterday, with a weather forecast of severe thunderstorms with hail and a possible tornado, we decided to stay close to the motorhome. We drove the Bronco the about three miles to the arboretum, within the boundaries of the state park. You can read about the arboretum by clicking this link…
http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iarbor.aspx

The dictionary defines an arboretum as a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. Here are some of the photos that I took…

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…

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As promised, we had several HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS WITH DIME-SIZED HAIL. Fortunately, no tornadoes. Here’s a shot of the Bronco looking through the passenger windshield…

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In this next photo, about 150 feet away, as seen through the driver’s windshield, on the left a blue tarp covers a tent and on the right, their truck is barely visible…

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The storm as seen through the dinette window…

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Enjoying arboretums and thunderstorms 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…

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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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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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FEBRUARY ALLIGATORS

Crusing through pictures I’ve taken, places we’ve been. I have fond memories of February 27th;  we went on an alligator tour at Houma, Louisiana. We saw more birds than alligators but the air was cool and fresh. We enjoyed the water, the birds and plants. And, the other people in the boat were pleasant companions for a day.

Cypress knobs saved the tree from extinction.

The swamp in winter is gray and almost colorless. A bright blossom of red is all the more appreciated.

When everything is leafed out, reflections are impossible, according to our guide.

And, we did see alligators. This slick young one…

A crusty senior…

and a young baby hiding among the water weeds.
I took 53 pictures that day, if you are interested: http://picasaweb.google.com/1579penn/22710AlligatorTourHouma#

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Alligator Annie’s Son’s Swamp and Marsh Tour

Jim says: Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day with a temperature of 63 degrees. A perfect day to take a swamp and marsh tour…and that’s just what we did!

2.5 hours through picturesque swamps and marshes of the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge and Bayou Black complete with lots of wildlife. Our tour guide told us that because of the unusually cold and rainy winter season in Louisiana, we might have trouble seeing any alligators. Nonetheless we did manage to see four!

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To see the other 60 pictures I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/SwampTourLA022710#

Here’s the tour company website…
http://www.annie-miller.com/

Here’s a link for the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge…
http://www.fws.gov/mandalay/

To top off a great tour, some other folks on the tour (Jim & Joann Diethrich and family) invited Mary and I to join them at their table in the restaurant. They were really nice people and we enjoyed our conversations with them.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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Jean LaFitte National Park – Barataria Preserve

Note: We received a message from a good friend that indicated that sometimes as she starts to read a Blog posting on this site, she’s not sure if it’s myself or Mary who is the author. So from now on we’re going to help by doing this…

Jim says: Yesterday Mary and I drove about 30 minutes South to the Jean LaFitte National Park – Barataria Preserve. It’s one of the six sites in the Jean LaFitte National Park system in Louisiana. The preserve is 20,000 acres of marsh, swamp and natural levee forest.

We spent about one hour in the Visitors Center viewing the exhibits and a 30 minute film. Then we headed out on an about three-hour, four-mile walk through the preserve. It is a truly unique and beautiful setting.

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Two miles out and back on this boardwalk.

To see the other 49 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/20100210JeanLaFitteNationalParkBatariaPreserveLA2010#

Here’s the official government website link…
http://www.nps.gov/jela/barataria-preserve.htm

If you do not know who Jean LaFitte was, this Wikipedia link will tell you all about this pirate…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Lafitte

After our enjoyable time in the preserve, we traveled about 10 miles South to the end of the road to the town of Jean Lafitte where we enjoyed a delicious Louisiana shrimp meal. Here’s a Wikipedia Link about the Town of Jean Lafitte..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Lafitte,_Louisiana

All in all a really nice day!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.co

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