Day #41. Exploring Indian mounds

LOCATION:  Delhi, Louisiana – in Northeast part of state.  Not far from Mississippi
CAMPGROUND:  2nd night at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
WEATHER:  Another gorgeous day.  Sunny.  High 76

George decided to see if he could find the source of our leak. He moved the truck parallel to Joy, then precariously set up the step stool on top of the back of the truck in order to climb up.   I could hardly watch.  He could not find any place where the rain could be coming in.  Hmmnn

We visited the World Heritage site of Poverty Point, about 15 miles from our campground.  It is North America’s largest hunter-gatherer site from about 1700 BC. 

We took the self-guided driving tour, visiting several of their big mounds.  Archaeologists don’t know how they used the mounds, but they are not burial mounds.  We climbed this one that was designed in the shape of a bird.

This is the view from the top.  They had to move about 150 million tons of earth to build these mounds, using small bags.  An amazing feat!

Based on their artifact findings, archaeologists think they were a very advanced civilization.  These circles (reminded me of Stonehenge) are where they found huge holes where poles had stood for some ceremony.

I asked where the name Poverty Point came from. It doesn’t have anything to do with the Indian mounds. In the 1800s, a European settler had a plantation here that went bust.

Our state park owns a nice golf course and marina, in addition to the campground.  We decided to check out the golf course’s bistro for a drink and to use their wifi. 

DINNER:  On the stand-up grill, George made a nice fire and grilled the last of the frozen tuna (the free steaks that a fisherman gave us from the Gulf a few weeks ago).  I made a wasabi/soy sauce to drizzle on them.  Sides were ramen noodles and carrot sunomono. (Sunomono means vinegared foods in Japanese.  They are common side dishes.)  I made this by cutting carrots in tiny matchstick pieces and marinating them all day in a sauce made with rice vinegar, soy sauce, and a bit of sugar.  I sprinkled sesame seeds on top to serve.   We had a glass of sake to pair with the meal. As they say in Japanese…Ooishii! 

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