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Jul 4, 2015 - Independence Day 2015

Hope everyone enjoyed family and friends on this Independence Day 2015. It was the 239th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence and the founding of our country. Aside from the picnics, celebrations, and fireworks, this day commemorates the beginning of the journey that America is traveling. Hopefully it will be a long journey. We've been lucky enough over the last 7 years to travel around the country. We've spent the 4th of July at Mt. Rushmore, in Salt Lake City, in the Shenandoah Valley near Charlottesville, and this year on the...

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Jul 2, 2015 - Above the Mosquitoes

The sky's cleared up enough to get some pictures of the moon rise and full moon last night. I went to the observation tower with some trepidation, not knowing how bad the mosquitoes would be. Needless to say Sue remained in Winnie. This time I sprayed before I left and it seemed to work good as I walked to the stairs leading up to the tower. When I got to the top, I was above the bugs and there was a nice breeze blowing making the wait for the sun to set and the moon to rise comfortable. It must have been a good night for shrimping. I could...

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Jul 1, 2015 - Mosquito Haven

Time for some Grand Isle history. It is the only inhabited barrier island on the Louisiana coast. Being a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico, it sees a lot of hurricanes and tropical storms, about one every 3 years. Not sure when the last one was, but we're hoping we don't see another in the next week or so. The worst was in 1893 when some 2,000 people were killed by 130 mph winds and a 16ft storm surge. Apparently 1893 was one of the worst hurricane seasons on record with 4 active hurricanes churning the Atlantic and Gulf simultaneously....

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Jun 30, 2015 - The End of the World

Over the past couple of years our travels have taken us to some pretty out of the way locations, but today I think we found the end of the world. Grand Isle, LA is about as far as you can go by road in Louisiana into the Gulf of Mexico. We've also gone back in time because the barrier island we are on looks a lot like Long Beach Island, NJ in the mid-60's. We're staying in Grand Isle State Park and are supposed to be here until July 13 if I can keep Sue here with no TV. I'm hoping to relax on the beach for much of the time. We'll see. We...

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Feb 23, 2008 - Grand Isle

The J/Kat and I seem to keep finding places that are more remote than anything that I have previously done. If you look at a map of Louisiana you will see what I mean. A non-discriminating look will tell you that you can drive across the bottom of the state through New Orleans and Lake Charles and you will have seen southern Louisiana. A closer inspection will reveal some out of the way places down in what may be the marshes, swamps, or bayous. Grand Isle is out beyond that. As you can see on the map it’s one peninsula west of the...

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