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December 20, 2009

Bayou Christmas 136

Camping down on the very tip of Louisiana tonight, straight south of New Orleans at Grand Isle State Park in the Gulf of Mexico behind an unfinished rubber tube levee, filled with sand.  It’s beautifully sunny, although having a cold front for the area.  We drove past fields of sugarcane, trailers hoisted to second-story height on piers and ratcheted down so they don’t float off, bamboo and palm trees, stock-still snowy egrets hunting, people in folding chairs fishing within feet of the road.  The bridge to the island is extremely long and S curved, and you actually turn off onto another bridge, the main one petering out to nothing over the water.

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Bounty! Sugar cane

My last trip to bayou country left me with a similarly confused feeling.  Land is never just land, but an unpredictable and baffling mix of silty black Ohio topsoil with salty brown water, saw palmetto and as-yet-unknown-to-me plants.  The sprawling spanish moss-draped oaks have been left behind on more solid ground.  The roads are not well marked, and you pass oil dikes and barges and tugboats anchored in a bayou channel so small it’s not clear how they manage to navigate it.

The people we’ve met so far are very unique – not quite as frankly nice as those along Mississippi’s Natchez Trace but they’ve got their own thing going, their own language and rules.  It reminds me of the way I think of Antarctica and Alaska and the Yaak – places where the rules of life have evolved separately from common culture.

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  1. Ann permalink
    December 23, 2009 4:31 pm

    SO glad you are back on!! Missed your blogs terribly!! Wishing you four a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year. Love, Ann

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