Take a Staycation!

A friend of mine and I were on way back from an Aaron Lewis concert when we decided to take a small detour and visit a local distillery. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and when the tour guide suggested we go see one of the oldest wooden bridges in the state, we decided to do that too. Our little detour ended up being a whole day of stopping in to different places we had never been. It was a fun experience we plan on doing again. It doesn’t cost much. The distillery tour was free, as was the samples. 🙂 So was the small campground we visited. Here’s a highlight of our stops.

  1. Bayou Rum Distillery

staycation1Located in Lacassine, LA, it’s a beautiful structure just off the interstate. It’s open 7 days a week, with hourly tours. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend a stop here if you are in the area. Learn a little about the area, local farming, and how rum is made.

Website:  https://bayourum.com/distillery/.

2. Lorrain Park

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A short drive from Bayou Rum is Lorrain Park. A perfect place to stop for a picnic lunch, if you happened to plan ahead. It’s quiet, scenic, and picturesque. Take some time and snap some shots of the Lorrain Bridge, one of the oldest wooden bridges in the state.

Website:  https://www.cppj.net/services/parks-and-recreation/lorrain-park.

3. Uncle T’s Oyster House

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All our traveling worked up an appetite and we decided we wanted some crawfish. It’s getting late in the season, and we wanted to make sure we got in one last feast before the party was over. After several phone calls and one stop that go us nowhere on this adventure, we finally found some at Uncle T’s in Scott, La. We were not disappointed. The mudbugs were perfectly seasoned and not that hard to peel, which can happen as the crawfish get larger. I’ve had the raw oysters there before, and I recommend them as well.

Website: https://uncletsoysterbar.com/

 

4. Parish Brewing Company

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We made one last stop on our staycation. The Parish Brewing Company in Broussard, La. They too, also free tours, but only on Saturdays, and we arrived too late to take one. We did try a few of their craft beers in a sampler you can purchase. I found one flavor I will definitely go back for. Pets are allowed as well, so feel free to bring your furry friend along.

Website: https://www.parishbeer.com/

Have a free day? Get out and see what your area has to offer. It’s fun!

Here’s to new adventures!

Bon Chance and Happy Reading!

A.L. Vincent/Jolie St. Amant

Want to read more about our area? Check out my Boonie series set in South Louisiana!

Run away to the Gulf Coast

A.L. Vincent’s Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/A.L.-Vincent/e/B016X3YYW2

 

Ghost Hunting in Galveston

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I’m a big fan of ghost tours. I’ve taken several in New Orleans in the past. And I’ve visited the Myrtles Plantation. I love the stories of the history of the towns and houses of Louisiana. Being a geek for ghosts, when I found out that Galveston was reputedly one of the most haunted cities in the U.S., I had to go check it out.

On the tour, our guide was extremely informative. I learned so much about Galveston’s history, including the fact that the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte once had a base there. I’ll definitely be researching more on this.

One of our stops was the Hutchings-Sealy building (pictured above). When the hurricane of 1900 hit, the water was so high that it reached the second floor. A school teacher there would step out on to the ledge and grab people as they floated by, dead or alive. The teacher ended up passing away from fever soon after.

People have reported seeing the teacher in pictures, and as a ghostly figure at the top of the stairs. She’s also been heard weeping, and even calling out worker’s names in the restaurant that now inhabits the first floor.

I took several pictures the night of the ghost tour, but nothing appeared in those. However, when I went back the next morning, I decided to take a few more. Why not?

I snapped a few of the doorway in the middle, the one without the arch. Then, went about my merry way, as there is a lot to see on Strand Street. Also, it’s been my experience that for whatever reason, images don’t appear until later. Why this is, I have no idea.

I was scrolling through later, and had to stop and do a double take. There was an odd spot of light near the bottom of one pic. When I enlarged it, it resembled a face. Excited, I sent it to a ghost loving friend of mine, and she sent back, “Do you see this?”

That wasn’t the only face.

All in all, we counted at least six.

Chills, I tell you. I got the chills. It was by far one of the creepiest pics I’ve taken on one of these trips.

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Are these faces of people past or merely smudges on glass? For all I know it could be fingerprints and my always over active imagination. Who knows. Will I be doing more ghost tours in Galveston? Definitely, I didn’t realize there was so much history in this small town that was once one of the biggest ports in the U.S. And don’t forget the ghosts! 🙂

Peace!

I’m out!

Additional Resources:

https://www.hauntedrooms.com/8-haunted-places-galveston-tx

https://www.galveston.com/ghosts/

http://www.galvestonghost.com/

Top Five of ’09

I was reading through some of my blog subscriptions earlier today. That’s one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday. I can get caught up on some of my favorite bloggers, and I can get some ideas of writing ideas for the next week.

Stephouse Lifehack posted a blog recently on their top blog posts. I thought that would be a great idea. I’ve acquired a few new subscribers recently so maybe a little walk down memory lane with some of my older and more popular posts is in order.  So, here we go. Here are my “Top Five Posts of ’09”

1. “Guys, Tattoo, and Anne Rice”

I never thought that one would be as popular as it has been. That is actually my top post of all time, not just for 2009. It does have one of my favorite quotes ever, a quote from Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned.

2. “Tribute to New Orleans”

Surprisingly enough, this blog is actually a shout-out to another blog. Just goes to show how networking can add readers to your blogs.

3.  “Happy Endings and Unfinished Stories”

This is one of many blogs inspired by one of my good friend Cowboy and how his little nuggets of down-to-earth wisdom keeps me grounded and growing.

4.” You Take the Breath Right Out of Me”

https://soonergirl.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/you-take-the-breath-right-out-of-me/

I’ve always been inspired by music and lyrics, and this is just one of the examples of one of my musical blogs. This one is about that one love that just drives you crazy. And not in a good way. It leaves you banging your head against the wall, and wondering just when you lost your mind.

5.” Do These Shoes Make Me Look Fat?”

https://soonergirl.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/do-these-shoes-make-me-look-fat/

A humorous look at body image and how we perceive ourselves…

That’s it. That’s my “Top Five for ’09”.  Hope you enjoy!

I’m off to check out some more blogs! Thanks so much for checking out mine!

Peace! I’m out!

*To see the blog that inspired this blog, see below.*

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-90-best-lifehacks-of-2009-the-year-in-review.html