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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fat Tuesday


I have planned our trip deliberately to miss all the carryings on for Fat Tuesday.  I am not that much of a party goer, and sure don’t care for all the crowds that gather for this kind of thing.  The first year we visited Louisiana we made the mistake of being there right in the middle of it all so, we hid out and only attended one small Mardi Gras gathering at the RV Park.  It was fun, but we didn’t stay long after all the drinking and loud music started. 

We will pull out of here early tomorrow morning to make another very long trip to Slidell, Louisiana.  I have talked to my nephew and it looks like we will be meeting them on Thursday evening for a meal out, and some visiting time.  We will only be there for the 2 days so, won’t be doing anything else.

Friday we will pull into Mississippi, and have plans on Saturday to meet Judy, the Bird Lady, at the Refuge she is volunteering at now for a tour and meal later.  I am really looking forward to meeting her.  If she is anything like her Blog sounds, it will be a hoot.  She most graciously offered us a spot for 2 days, knowing how frugal I am, but I had to turn her down.  My Anal Retentive side had already made reservations in Gautier, MS.  I also paid for it in advance and was told, very plainly, that if I broke the reservation I would still be charged, so we were stuck.  The offer was most appreciated though.

Since we are so close to the last place that Judy volunteered, we decided to take a run out and see the birds that she so eloquently described.  When we first pulled in we met a very nice lady named Marilyn.  She told me she actually took Judy’s place, when she left.  A very nice lady, and had very nice things to say about Judy.

I won’t go in to details about Anahuac, because we all read Judy’s blog and she has already told us lots about it.  I will just say that I was blown away by all the geese.  I won’t pretend to know the names of the birds I took pictures of, but you don’t have to know their names to appreciate their beauty.  I will let the pictures show you what we saw.






I loved this refuge and hope to come back one day.  I really loved the board walks and wish there had been some gators out, but it wasn’t meant to be.  They have been seeing them, but not on this day.

Can’t sign off without mentioning Gator Junction.  It is a very little place that sells BBQ.  When we first arrived the Gentleman who is work-camping/hosting here told us about this place.  He said it was the best BBQ in the State.  I think he is right.  We hadn’t  eaten such delicious BBQ since 16th Street in Indy.  Not only was it delicious, but they give you enough on two sandwiches, and 2 sides for at least 2 meals.  If you are ever through here, give this place a chance.  It is really good and very reasonable.

Want to welcome my new follower, David.  I didn’t see a site for you, but if you have one, please let me know so I can mention it here.  Hope you enjoy your ride along with us.

My internet has really been acting up for the last day and a half, so I am going to sign off while there is still a chance to get this posted.  Talk to you from LA. or MS.  Later…. :)


meowmomma said...

Great photo's!!

Have fun meeting the J!

The Bright's said...

Im certainly with you for staying out of crowds! Have a fun safe trip! (i typed that twice as strip rather than trip before i got it right... lol)

Dave Dods off to Mexico said...


I added my link. I just started my blog and am learning sooo much from your site and other similar sites. Thanks!


Alan and Marilyn McMillan said...

I'm with you with staying away from Mardi Gras activities...doesn't excite us one bit. Great post, great pics -- nice to be meeting Judy -- enjoy your visit & be safe in your travels.

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Looks like you guys are having a great trip, We also shy away from Mardi Gras, I hope you have a great time meeting up with Judy & Emma , tell them Hi from us, She said she might stop for a visit with us on her way to IL.later this year. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Happytrails said...

Enjoy your time with Judy! She sure has a talent for photography and birding!
Love the pics today!

Rick and Paulette said...

Your bird pictures at Anahuac are terrific! Glad to see you'll be meeting up with the 'Bird Lady of Blogland'.

Carol K said...

Totally agree with you about Mardi Gras...not something I am interested in. It's pretty easy to avoid it up here in Washington state. Wonderful pictures of Anahuac, Pidge. Have a great time with Judy--her blog is very popular for good reasons!

Donna K said...

If I hadn't been reading about it in blogs, I wouldn't have known it was Fat Tuesday! Not much comes of it in Oregon. I did find a recipe for King Cake that sounds yummy though. It will be fun for you to meet Judy and learn about all the birds at the refuge. I liked your photos today too.

Carol and Johnny said...

Sorry we missed you guys in Texas. I'm sure we will catch up sooner or later!

We did decide to visit a local Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday celebration here in Austin at our favorite local Cajun place, Cypress Grill. We got there early and snagged a table. I ate 6 lbs of crawfish and Johnny had some fried shrimp. All in all a fun evening!

~~Mike~~ said...

Great pics Pidge! Have fun meeting the Bird Person :) Heidi and I are really crowd-shy too, we go to extreme lengths to avoid them! A big party like Fat Tuesday might have been fun for me about 20 some years ago, but not so much now!

Enjoyed your post as always!

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