Saturday, May 7, 2011

Breaux Bridge

(Flood Update:  The Corp is considering opening the Morganza Spillway on the Mississippi River by the middle of next week.  The sole purpose of this spillway is to relief pressure on the Mississippi.  When it is opened the water will flow into the Atchafalaya River Basin.  This will significantly impact Butte Larose,  but maybe not Breaux Bridge.  Google Morganza Spillway for an inundation map).

Last Saturday we drove over to Breaux Bridge for breakfast, more music and a walkabout.  It was a bit drizzly, but not enough to slow us down.

I wanted to do the history walk that started at the Visitor’s Center near the bridge.  They were fresh out of the tour maps, but the very helpful woman who was working the Center called her Mom to find the online version and then printed out a copy for me! 

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When we were out on the Swamp our Capitan mentioned how the addition of ice had changed the culture of the people who lived in the swamp.  Before ice, they lived day to day on what they could fish and hunt.  After ice came, they could hold their harvest to ship out of the area.   An ice house still stands on the south side of the bridge.

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Magnolia’s are blooming all over the south.

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Lucky for me it got just too rainy to continue my walk.  I ducked into Cafe Jacqueline’s where the gang was having brunch to find them totally entranced by Major Handy and his partner Louise.  Major was singing some old classic rock;  then did a quick change to his accordian to be accompanied by Louise on her ‘wash board’ and bottle openers for Cajun music.  They played for most of two hours and were absolutely the best.

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After lunch we wandered around the shops for awhile and then hatched a plan for the rest of the day.

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Some wanted to go explore the next little town, St Martinville and see the Evangeline Oak.  Darn I hated to miss that,  but couldn’t pass up the swamp tour.

A couple last snaps before leaving town…….

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