Acadiana Part 1: Crawfish

If you follow me on Instagram, your feed was probably bombarded by pictures from Southern Louisiana, through the Cajun and Creole parishes commonly referred to as Acadiana.

The reason for this trip was a canoe race known as the Tour du Teche. It began a few years ago to try to clean up the bayou that was once the main channel for the Mississippi River. The race is staged over three days starting in Port Barre and finally ending in Berwick (almost the Gulf of Mexico).

Budge getting the canoe race-ready.  Also note the new Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’ covered with a window screen.  She got a little sunburned.

After following canoe races on the bank as a team captain and spectator for 18 years, this was my first race! My husband and I (with my dad as our Correur du Bois) just did the fun-run version: 30 miles from Port Barre to Poche’s Bridge in Breaux Bridge, but we came in first!


port barre boat ramp bayou teche
Race start in Port Barre at 7 am 📸: Dad


The finish line (for us) at Poche’s Bridge, Breaux Bridge, LA

The reason for my 6 hours of exercising had nothing to do with wanting to canoe (or exercise) and everything to do with seeing the southern Louisiana flora and fauna. And I wasn’t disappointed!


My dad (who’s done and finished this race before) had mentioned that there was a tree you could crawl under.  I had no idea!

We drove back towards this massive oak after we finished the race and eating at Poche’s of course.

The Belly of the Beast.

There was a sign advertising the preservation of oaks near this grove, but I’m unsure of whether man cleared out this soil or the massive flooding that occurred in this area back in August.


Another gnarly-twisted, sideways oak still going strong!

The following photos were all taken in Saint Martinville, Louisiana, the official finish line for the Pro-class racers.

These were the seedlings seen in the previous photo. They had a rubbery texture.
The Evangeline Oak. Google it.
The Evangeline Oak covered in moss and ferns
The Old Castillo Bed and Breakfast (next to the Evangeline Oak and right along the Bayou)
Plumbago and red brick.  Well done. 

I loved this brick edging.

Purple Coleus really makes whatever that lime green plant is POP!
I think this is a variegated ginger.
While walking I spotted this Coral Honeysuckle growing on a New Orleans style brick wall.

Two years ago when we were in St. Martinville, we met a very charming lady that had recently bought this house and garden.  She was renovating every aspect of both.  I think she’s done a stellar job!

I loved her new hurricane shutters and oyster shell rain chain.
Purple Hyacinth bean?

Before coming to this race four or five years ago, I had never seen a red spider lily and was so intrigued.  An old woman told me that their bloom signaled Autumn, my favorite time of year!

I love this next house and its green walls.  😉

Poison ivy? Those leaves tho…
Don’t step on a crack
Racers coming in
Looking back towards the Evangeline Oak and the Old Castillo B&B
Handmade wooden kayak

And the most important thing to do while visiting Southern Louisiana: EAT.  And if you’re withing 20 miles of Breaux Bridge, you should be eating at Poche’s morning, noon, and night.

Up next Acadiana Part 2: Hot Sauce! (I also promise it won’t be so long)

8 thoughts on “Acadiana Part 1: Crawfish

  1. This post has just made my whole day!!! You definitely captured the essence of the beauty that is Louisiana…from the tiniest details of ferns growing from the brick to the enormous roots of the massive oak!! Makes me want to go even MORE than I did before–thank you for sharing!!

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    1. It was definitely the coolest oak tree I’ve ever seen! The roots were as big around as most of my mature oaks back home. I guess this is what happens when you grow in silty soil vs solid rock. 😊


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