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Acadiana Christmas

December 28, 2009
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Bayou Christmas

Seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice.   Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is a very worthwhile place to visit on a trip to Acadiana, and being in a state park for Christmas is cheerful.  Many campers have twinkling lights, and on Christmas day the kids are all out on their new skate boards and bikes and playing new games of catch.  We took candy canes along on our way to the trailhead to share with fellow campers.

As for our family, this was one high quality Christmas to remember. We took a flat bottomed boat out on the bayou in the sunshine after presents were opened, and the kids learned to paddle. It was a bit different from waterways in other parts of the country in that we were all on notice to not stick our hand out over the edge. We poked around in enough Bayou Christmas 289
Bayou Christmas 344swamp country to feel adventurous, and there were many birds including an ANHINGA, snake bird, an amazing cormorant-like bird who swam underwater alongside us for awhile. No gators today. We had fine food, free laundry, hot showers, and lots of joyful present enjoying time. Holt took his new dart board outside to play, and loved it so much he took his darts in pocket when we went for a short hike.   For the evening we curled up together on the bed and watched Return of the Jedi and ate popcorn.  It was “You mean Luke and Leah are brother and sister????!” for the first time all over again.

We’re now in Texas, near Marfa and Marathon and heading toward isolated Big Bend in the southwest corner of the state for some remote boondocking in mountain, desert, canyon and river country.

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