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May 14, 2012 - Poche's fish N Camp stay

05-12-12 Arrived at Poche's campground around 2:00P.M. Went into town but a lot of the stores closed early. We had pizza for dinner (not Cajun). Great campground! Right on water. They stock the 3 ponds / lakes with bass,brim etc. Clayton fished but only caught one small fish. He has now bought smaller hooks. The people were very nice everywhere. 05-13-12 We went to Tobasco factory today, mothers day. Nice Country drive. I ate some red beans, sausage and rice. Poor Clayton sweated as we were waiting for tour. It takes 3 yrs and 12 days to...

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Apr 29, 2012 - Houston To Lafayette

Houston is a big, busy, city. I've been here before but of course did not see it all. It is the home to more hospitals ( M.D.Anderson for one) than I have ever seen in one place. There are museums galore and all of the hospitals and museums share the same area as Rice University. I drove the length of Kirby Street in that district and could not believe the mansions lining the avenue. The parks are beautiful, parking is inconvenient, and picture taking impossible. I stopped at the Menil Collection only to discover that the exhibit of 13th...

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Apr 5, 2012 - Vermilionville

Our next stop was Lafayette, LA in the heart of Acadiana. We visited a historic Acadian village. We started with a great lunch of local Cajun-style cooking. One of Eileen's favorite parts of the day was some time spent with the grandchildren of one of the re-enactors. The eight-year-old granddaughter was in the midst of a very unhappy mood since she had just been berated for knocking over a cornhusk doll display. Her brother was jumping around with great enthusiasm and eager to tell us about the alligator nearby. His enthusiasm also bubbled...

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Apr 2, 2012 - Monday April 2, 2012

What is Cajun? Finally found the answer to this, so I will bore you with the explanation. They were French speaking people in Acadie, (Nova Scotia) which got removed from Acadie by the King of England because he only wanted English speaking people in Acadie (Nova Scotia). The finally found a home in French speaking New Orleans because all the colonies on the east coast did not want them. The noble French referred to them as "les Acadiens" and the not so noble French referred to them as "le Cadiens". Finally the Americans made it simple,...

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2012 Texas Trip

Apr 2, 2012 - Lafayette Louisiana

Our Sons and their families - Kerry, Sherri & Brooke and Frank, Pam and Alanna will meet up with us at Disney World. On our trip to Lafayette we encountered lots of rain, lightning and thunder. It was not pleasant. The storm did stop after we got to Poche's Fish-N-Camp, a wonderful RV park situated on several small lakes where you can fish for free and you don't need a license.

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Disney World Trip

Apr 1, 2012 - Sunday April 1, 2012

Took the best swamp tour we have ever been on. For $20 per person for 2 hours and this guy knew what he was talking about. Found out what the difference between a swamp and bayou, a bayou always has water flowing where a swamp is not moving. Champagne Cajun Swamp Tour office. This is the boat that you are in, kind of nice. This is Guy our guide. He is a real Cajun. This is the first alligator we saw, about 12 ft long. This is another alligator we saw. Several Egress birds are in the swamp. Caught the bird in flight. Female...

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2012 Texas Trip

Mar 31, 2012 - Saturday March 31, 2012

We got out of Houston around 11:00 am on our way to Lafayette Louisiana for a couple of day stay. It was a 4 hour drive, but very interesting. As we were driving along I-10 going east we kept seeing fields that were flooded with what appeared at markers sticking up in the middle. We found out that the flooded fields were rice paddies. Louisiana is a huge rice produced since the late 1800's. Louisiana produces 24% of the national total of rice used in the United States. Another idea the farmers had was to also put crawfish in the rice...

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2012 Texas Trip

Mar 17, 2012 - Avery Island

Samedi 17 mars c’est la St-Patrick ici comme ailleurs on la fête, nous on est pas fêteux alors on décide de se rendre au centre ville de Lafayette, mal nous en pris car Lafayette est fermé le samedi, Lafayette ouvre le samedi en fin d’après midi pour le souper et les bars. On a put déambuler sans problème mais tous était fermé, sauf la bibliothèque, un resto Subway et un café. On a parcouru l’avenue Jefferson à notre guise et prendre toutes les photos qui nous intéressait. Comme on a remarqué dans les autres centres villes qu’on a visités...

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Mar 16, 2012 - KOA à Lafayette

Lever à 7h00, déjeuner et préparation pour la route, départ de Turtle Bayou à 9h30, 3 heures de route, installation ici à Lafayette en Louisiane, épicerie au Piggly Wiggly local, laver la roulotte et le camion, nous sommes crevés. Il est 18h00 et on prend une petite bière Clamato en préparant le souper. C’est dur la vie de nomades!

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Mar 5, 2012 - Lafayette, LA (February 20 - March 3, 2012)

Back to Lafayette to Pete and Soleil. Just in time for Mardi Gras. We found a good parking spot in downtown Lafayette, and a good spot on the parade route for the first parade of the day, King Gabriel's parade. Lots of colorful floats loaded with dressed-up riders, bands, twirlers, and beads! We caught armfuls, giving away many to nearby kids who weren't as successful. Lafayette was very family-friendly. Many families and groups of friends set up spots on the sidewalks and lawns decked out with chairs, tents, grills, ribbons, and beads...

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Feb 7, 2012 - Lafayette, LA (January 31-February 7, 2012)

On the road, from Dallas to Lafayette. We missed my friend Mary F. Edmiston in Avinger TX by an hour or so, but will catch her another time. It's the first time we've driven the "new" interstate from Shreveport to Lafayette; we avoided all those little towns which made the trip faster, although I did miss some of the local spots I'd remembered. We settled at the KOA in Scott, under oak trees, and right across from a small lake. Looks like home to me! Oh, wait, it is! First on the agenda was to meet with Billy Thibodeaux of Premier RV, Inc....

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Jan 24, 2012 - Lafayette, LA

January 23. Did some shopping and got hair cut at Riverside Mall. Really nice mall. January 24. Rain showers all day. We packed up and were ready to move on by 10 am. Stopped at Laura: A Creole Plantation, a sugar farm built in 1805. We toured the house, gardens and slave house. The guide loved her job and enthusiastically gave us the history of the Creoles in the area and told us some of the stories as recorded in a book 'Laura's Memories of the Old Plantation Home'. Further down the road is a very famous plantation - Oak Alley has been...

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