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Natural Beauty at Pointe-Aux-Chenes

Pointe-Aux-Chenes was probably one of the most beautiful drives on our trip. You start off driving along a small canal, and you’re going to need your smart phone or a map to make the right turns to get to this isolated location.

We had read there was an wildlife observation point at the Pointe-Aux-Chenes Nature Refuge, but we looked and looked and never found it. Never mind, there was so much to see.

As you go south, and you get closer and closer to the Gulf, houses go up on stilts.



This is still very much a fishing community:


Is this a mistake? A misunderstanding? The area is called Pointe-Aux-Chenes, Oak Pointe, but this sign refers to the tribe as Pointe-Aux-Chiens, Dog Point Indians. Hmmmm.



It is so hard to capture anything that looks like a dolphin, even though at sundown, the place was full of dolphin – or porpoises, I am not sure I know the difference. Even though I didn’t get a good shot, it was a glorious place to be at that very moment.




Can you see the eagles perched in the distant trees?


For a moment, I thought I was in the Camargue with it’s wild ponies, but a local man said he thought these belonged to someone and just cropped on this salty grass at the end of the road.


So many beautiful things to see in one spot!



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November 5, 2014 Posted by | Birds, Environment, Geography / Maps, Living Conditions, Road Trips, Travel, Wildlife | , | Leave a comment

Big Mike’s BBQ in Houma, LA


Where do you eat in Houma, Louisiana? Just about everyone we asked started with Big Mike’s, so after our swamp tour, we gave it a try.

The place was packed. There are menus near the door; you look at the menus, you go to the counter, you place your order and they give you a number which you place on your table and someone brings your meals to you. The smell is divine.

This is cane sugar country, so of course, the sweet tea is cane-sugar sweet:


Several different seating areas in Mike’s:


The chicken with corn on the cob and jambalaya – delicious!

Pulled pork:

Big Mike’s has it’s own BBQ sauce, rubbing spices, t-shirts, etc>

November 5, 2014 Posted by | Community, Cultural, Customer Service, Eating Out, Food, Living Conditions, Restaurant, Road Trips, Travel | Leave a comment