Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cool Louisiana Swamp Tours

Ruby and her grandson Simon, two of de la Houssaye's Catahoulas, share a seat on a sunset tour.



Louisiana Swamp Tours have been in full swing all summer. But, because of the heat and humidity common in south Louisiana, we have been mostly limited to sunrise and sunset tours since the heat wave of June this year.

Every morning this week the temperature has been near 60' and around 80' for a high.

And oh have the sunsets been spectacular as seen below.



Another cool thing happening at Lake Martin these days, is that The Nature Conservancy is building a long overdue and much needed improvement to the public use of this wilderness area in the form of public restrooms at the new visitor center they are constructing across the bayou from the rookery. I will post pictures upon completion. Go TNC!

One of the coolest parts of this week's climate change, is that natural air conditioning makes it comfortable once again to dance at The Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette.



You see, the Blue Moon is the only place I go to dance in Lafayette because it is the best music in Lafayette, it is open air(I hate second hand smoke!) and I have a lot of friends who go there. My only complaints are the dance floor is too small, and in the summer it is too hot to dance. Heck, I sweat just taking pictures.

But, unless I have a sunset tour, I go to the Latin dance lessons on Tuesday nights as seen below.



As you can see below, the Wednesday night jam session on the back porch offers free fiddle lessons hosted by Mitch Reed of Beausoliel.



Everyone is having a good time. It is free admission, and you can eat red beans and rice for free too. Be grateful, and show some love, by leaving a tip for the chef who donates his time and ingredients to feed you.

For the rest of the week...You might be able to catch the Lost Bayou Ramblers as seen above. And join in on the dance floor as seen below.



Thursday through Saturday offers live music and dancing on the back porch, with a cover charge and cool refreshments in the back bar as seen below.