Monday, June 9, 2008

Happy Tails


We had a calm weekend in the country with J's grandparents, and I have the mosquito bites to prove we thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Calcasieu River. It's hard to pass up a chance to leave the city and catch a night's sleep listening to crickets and the settled air. We attended a family reunion, ate great barbecue, and drank our weight in sweet tea. I'm already itching, literally, to go back.


Over 20 years ago, Mémère and Pépère [Acadian French for grandparents] built this camp themselves constructed primarily from Louisiana cypress trees. I love how everything in and around the camp has a story, like this old raft-turned-planter that floats each time the water gets high.

[Erika, I forgot to take pics of the numerous turtle shells hanging on the exterior walls. Pépère could tell you the exact weight of each turtle and how they were all caught. You would have loved it!]

7 comments:

erika said...

love love love it!
another 'turtle man' aye?

diana @ please sir said...

This looks so lovely...what a wonderful time!

The Lil Bee said...

What a neat idea for a planter! And that second picture is so cool!

Katie Lake said...

oh i love it! looks like so much fun!

Krissy said...

Looks like a gorgeous place. I bet you had a wonderful weekend!

Elizabeth H. said...

Hey, I am from Lake Charles! Where exactly were you?

J said...

To elaborate for Elizabeth H., we were in Topsy, La (just North of Lake Charles off of Hwy 171) and from there good luck b/c it is back woods on the Calcasieu River. Our former camp (thanks hurricane Rita) is now just a piece of property on the Sam Houston river across from Sam Houston State Park in Westlake.