Day #17 – Down on the Bayou….

LOCATION:  Near Houma, Louisiana – southwest of New Orleans in the Mississippi Delta
CAMPGROUND:  Another Harvest Host site – The Ardyne Plantation.  A beautiful antebellum home.  We and the Glanvilles are parked on their circular driveway.  Normally, they have RVs park in the grass, but it is too soggy after a lot of recent rain.  Very kind host.  The only negative is the traffic noise in front of the house.  4 stars out of 5.
WEATHER:  Moist!  Hot and humid.  High 86
DISTANCE DRIVEN:  3 hours

A lot of fishermen arrived at the swamp tour place where we stayed last night with noisy trucks around 6:00 AM.  So, we got up, too, wanting to get  an early start.  Rain was predicted in the early morning, and we wanted to get out of the soft grass before that happened.  We drove in to the charming town of Breaux Bridge in search of some breakfast.  We found a place to park off the square, then spotted this donut shop.  Donut shops are very prevalent all around Texas and Louisiana, and they do a land-office business! 

Thank goodness, they had some savory breakfast items in addition to all their sweet offerings.  We shared 2 kolaches.  Also very common in northern Texas and Louisiana, kolaches have a Czech heritage.  They are kind of like pasties or empanadas – meat encrusted in dough.  We shared one with ham and cheese, and one with a weiner.  The Glanvilles made the better choice – a Cajun stuffed bread.

We walked around Breaux Bridge, very Cajun, and birthplace of  crawfish etouffee.  There are a lot of antique shops.  These beautiful oak trees with air ferns on their limbs line the streets. 

We strolled around the cemetery.  Here in Louisiana, cemeteries have to put the coffins on top of the ground, due to the high water table.

Azaleas are at their peak….

After this nice visit, we hit the road.  Today we drove through bayou country (pronounced Bye-You).  We learned it means “slow moving water”.  And, indeed, there was a LOT of water everywhere we drove today.  We crossed Bayou This and Bayou That throughout the drive.  There has been a lot of rain recently and the bayous were overflowing onto the road in several places.  Ditches were full.  As global warming increases, I don’t know how these people will be able to continue living here. 

We also drove over a lot of bridges – each little town seems to have a drawbridge that crosses a bayou.  As we got closer to the Gulf, there were many high bridges.  This one was somewhat under construction, and scared me to death driving…

We are staying tonight at the Ardoyne Plantation, built in the early 1800s.  This is our 70th Harvest Host stay!  The owner gave us a tour in the afternoon.  Her family are direct descendents from the German couple who built the house.  It was once a huge sugar cane plantation.  The highway in front of the house had been a bayou, and they could transport the sugar cane directly from here to the Mississippi via a web of bayous.  The house was built in the Victorian Gothic style.  Very beautiful.

We are parked under a big oak tree.  We put out our awnings to limit the heat from the sun.  Sure hope it cools down overnight, as we are dry-camping (no electricity= no air conditioning). 

DINNER:  The Glanvilles’ turn.  Rob grilled some pork chops stuffed with boudin, a Cajun sausage.  Irene steamed carrots and cabbage as sides.  Very tasty. 

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