Saturday, 28 March 2009

Trip to Cypremort Point State Park and Surrounding Areas

Morning-47F (8C)
Afternoon-61F (16C)

The cold front came in last night. We only had rain and a few distant thunder claps other than that and some wind it was pretty calm compared to the last two nights. When I got up this morning it was bright, sunny, windy and cold with no humidity! Quite a difference in temperature from yesterday. I even wore my gloves on my morning walk.

Around 10:30 a.m. or so we headed out to go to Cypremore Point State Park. First we stopped for diesel at 2.19.9. It's going up! While there my sister in Ottawa called. It was 47F (8C) at the time and it was 54F (12C) in Ottawa!

We had to get to the park in a roundabout way as apparently the bridge was out on the more direct way. Anyhow, I packed a lunch for us since there's nothing in that area and we headed out arriving there around noon. This park is on Vermilion Bay which is part of the Gulf of Mexico. It was very cold and windy. It wasn't much for a state park, picnic area, swimming area but it did have cottages for rent which apparently have everything including a fireplace and dishwasher. You bring your own towels and personal items. They supply sheets and blankets. We saw some windsurfers but that's about all you could do there today.

This is the bridge that goes over the intracoastal waterway on the way to the park.

Intracoastal waterway

Marsh at the state park

Quite a few palm trees in the state park

Looking out at Vermilion Bay - it does look kind of red

The cottages within the park

While there we drove around the vacation homes on the point. Lots of money there. I personally can't understand building a house in a spot like that. It wouldn't be a matter of 'if' a hurricane was going to wipe you out but 'when'.

The houses and boats on the intracoastal waterway on the point

We had taken US90 to get there until we turned off on Hwy 83 but took Hwy 182, the scenic route back through Jeanerette, New Iberia, and St. Martinville. We stopped in New Iberia and took some photos of the old homes that back on Bayou Teche, some of them antebellum. Then we crossed Bayou Teche and walked around the City park. It was a very nice park. It even had some Muscovy ducks.

I love this house just outside of Jeanerette

Beautiful old trees in New Iberia

New Iberia City Park

Muscovy duck or 'durkey' as some people call them

Here's a little background taken from Wikipedia on Bayou Teche:

"The Bayou Teche is a 125-mile long waterway of great cultural significance in south central Louisiana. Bayou Teche was the Mississippi River's main course when it developed a delta about 2,800 to 4,500 years ago. Through a natural process known as deltaic switching the river's deposits of silt and sediment causes the Mississippi to change its course every thousand years or so."
This is Bayou Teche as it runs through Breaux Bridge.

Back through St. Martinville where we drove into the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site. Gordon will go back probably tomorrow to see that as I don't have a lot of interest in historical things.

We drove to Lake Martin and walked the boardwalk again, then stopped briefly at the rookery before heading home.

A little green anole on the boardwalk at Lake Martin

Another swamp photo

And yet another

I find graveyards down here really interesting as people aren't buried in the ground but above ground.

We arrived home about 4:45 p.m.

I feel kind of like I'm getting a sore throat, probably the change in the weather!

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