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).
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!
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.
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.
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!
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. 😉
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)