Sunday, May 21, 2017

Zydeco Breakfest

On Saturday we went to Buck & Johnny's in Breaux Bridge with Jim and Donnalyn for the Zydeco Breakfast. It opened at 8 am so we stood in line to get in and get a good table. 
Buck & Johnny's is an old car dealership building turned into a great restaurant with a big dance floor.
Donnalyn and Jim, our driver for the day.
We had a good breakfast and endless Bloody Marys! 
A lot of really good Zydeco dancers. I love the music. You only hear it down here in Louisiana.
We ran into Bill and Mary Ann at Buck & Johnny's. Mary Ann took the Picture.

Dancers ready for the next song.

World Famous Zydeco Breakfast!
After we came back to Betty's we took a nap to get ready to go to our next party. Jim drove us to Butte La Rose to the Firemen's Park to hear another good band. We made some rookie mistakes. We forgot to bring our phones so we have NO pictures, we forgot to bring our lawn chairs and didn't bring enough Beer. We got lucky that right across the street there was a store that could fix our Beer problem!
We left Butte La Rose in time to stop at one of our favorite Cajun Jam Sessions at Touchet's in Maurice. It was a fun packed day. We got back in time for Happy Hour at Betty's. Thanks for being designated driver, Jim.
   Having fun at Touchet's.
Bill and Mary Ann.

The whole park went to dinner for Crawfish and Shrimp at T Bob's in Erath.
Peggy drove some of us. That's Betty in the front seat.
 Having fun with Crawfish!
It's not all partying here a Betty's, we did get the truck's oil changed and got a new radio installed in it.
The old one was a pain in the butt. This one is a lot better and it has a remote control.
Oh and Happy Birthday to me, I got a new weather station.
We installed it on the wall.

Live Happy and Always Go Big.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Swamp Tour

We took a swamp tour at Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours. It cost $20 each and it was worth it. We saw lots of swamp wildlife.
Deep in the swamp!
Here is a link to the tour company
Here is one of the tour boats coming back in.
We only had 14 people in our boat. I think Peggy saw a big Alligator.
 Our guide, Dillon was real good. He told us all kinds of things we didn't know about the swamp. The real funny thing is that there are no mosquitoes in the swamp. There's some kind of tree that drops tannic acid in the water so the mosquitoes can't breed.
I think it was the one on the left or maybe the right not sure:-) And another weird thing is that I didn't get bit by any bugs. That never happens.
Do not feed the alligators!
The boat was real nice. We had swivel seats. But our guide wouldn't let me drive the boat.
Lots of different birds. This one is the "Penguin" of the swamp.
Forgot what this one is but he was big.
 Some white bird.
 Another white bird.
A Comoran drying his wings in the sun.
 Osprey nest that they took from a Bald Eagle.
 The male Osprey.
Pileated Woodpecker.
Some of the swamp is closed to boaters for the bird rookery.
Oh don't forget the Alligators! Here's a good size one resting on a log.
Here was one right next to the boat.
Here are two more close to the boat. No hunting in this swamp. Oh, they do hunt ducks here. We saw a lot of duck blinds.
This was a barrel duck blind in a tree.
Lots of turtles on the tour. 
I love the pretty flowers.
Here was a guy having motor problems in the swamp. That could be bad. He had his motor cover off. 
This was a good tour to take. On the way back we stopped at the world famous City Bar and had a Cajun Bloody Mary and a Po' Boy at the Villager in Maurice. 

Live Happy and Always Go Big.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Crawfish Festival

On Saturday we took a trip to Breaux Bridge, LA to the Crawfish Festival. This is one of the best Festivals in the country! You can eat anything Crawfish. I had Crawfish Balls, Peggy had the Crawfish Mac and Cheese. They have two stages going with The best Zydeco bands and big dance floors. 
The main stage.
You bring your favorite chair and get a good spot and just have a great time. Can you find me in the picture?
It was a beautiful day.
It's also the best place to people watch.
 So we also had to go to Touchet's (pronounced 2 checks) for the Cajun Jam Session.
This is some of the best music.
Ten people all on one stage.
Peggy hanging with Lou, one of the locals.
We did have a little excitement, an old gentleman danced a little to hard and passed out at the bar. They had to take him to the hospital. But the band only stopped for one song. The party must go on.

 On Monday we went to Morgan City, La to take a tour on the first offshore drilling rig. It was called "Mr Charlie". It was in service from 1954 to 1986. It could drill in water up to 40 feet deep. That doesn't sound that deep but the Gulf of Mexico down here is very shallow.  
It's now used as a training and tour rig. There were some Navy Seals training while we were there.
 Up on the deck.
 Peggy holding one of the heavy, smaller drill heads.
They had an under water, remote control sub. Our guide said it cost a million dollars.
  A manned diving bell.
A 24 person rescue boat.
 This is where the pipe went down.
Here it is at work.
The world famous Betty's Happy Hour. (Jim and Nanc, see any familiar faces?)

Live Happy and Always Go Big.