We arrived in Louisiana 5 days ago, getting set up at Texas Pelican RV Park. This park is a absolutely no frills campground. We attempted nicer parks but with lots of expansion of refineries in Sulphur and Lake Charles, they are mostly full.
We've stayed at Texas Pelican before for short visits to Leonard's family and friends. This time we will be here 28 days. At a cost of $250.00 it's not all that bad. Only amenity is a laundromat, albeit that 1/2 machines are out of order. There are 4 working washers and 2 dryers. But at a cost of only $1.25 to wash and $.75 to dry I won't complain.
On Saturday we visited with Len's brother Royce and sister-in-law Susie. Sunday we attended church in Vinton. This church feels like our (2nd) home church. Monday we did a little shopping. Tuesday we visited with some grandchildren. So today we decided to play tourist.
We headed out to drive LA Rt 27 to:
The nature trail loops from Sulphur south through the towns of Hackberry, Holly Beach, Cameron, Creole and on back to Lake Charles. Driving the loop takes us to Sabine National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Cameron Prairie NWR.
The town of Holly Beach sits right on the Gulf of Mexico. In 2005 Holly Beach was completely wiped out by Hurricane Rita. Not a building was left standing. Rita was the 4th most intense Atlantic hurricane and the most intense tropical cyclone ever observed in the Gulf of Mexico. We drove to Holly Beach about 6 months after the storm. There was NOTHING. Today is it rebuilt with some beautiful homes mostly on stilts.
Leaving Holly Beach it was getting close to noon and we were hungry. We stopped at a very small eatery where we split an order of fries and I ordered an Oyster Po Boy, Len had a shrimp Po Boy. And Boy were they good.
A few miles later we reached a really favorite place.
This 3 mile one-way loop takes you out on the marshes to view it's abundant wildlife. Since the last time we've driven the loop, a concrete and wooden walkway has been added.
And wildlife we did see
Not sure what these are:
Thousands of Snow Geese
Thinking this is a Pintail:
And lots of these critters:
And as Judy would say