~We passed a good time in the heart of Cajun country!~

 

We passed a good time in the heart of Cajun country!

Monday:

We pulled into Frog City RV Resort (they all have resort after their name these days). Frog City RV is located off I10 in Duson, LA between Lafayette and Rayne. This is the second time since leaving home, in late October, that we have spent time in a private RV park. We enjoy the natural setting of state parks and stay in them when we can. Over the years, traveling along I10, we have stayed at this RV park to enjoy the Cajun food in the area. This time we decided to stay three nights to explore the area more.

After setting up camp it was time for lunch, so we drove a few miles to Fezzo’s. If you are ever in this area stop in Fezzo’s for a wonderful Cajun meal. We had a salad, a seafood pasta dish with shrimp and crawfish, and the best bread pudding anywhere all for $9.99! Here is their website: http://www.fezzos.com

Tuesday, morning:

Tuesday morning we headed to Palmetto Island State Park in Abbeville to look around. We wanted to see if this was a place we would like to camp. We toured around the 96 site campground and stopped at a few places to take some photos.

Palmetto Island State Park
Palmetto Island State Park

 

We were not disappointed and we will add this beautiful park to our list of Louisiana State Parks to visit. It is a little off the beaten path, so I’am thinking, drive there and stay for at least a week or more.

The sites are big and level.

A typical site
A typical site
A part of the campground
A view of part of the campground

While driving around we passed a trail and decided we needed a walk. The path lead us to Evangeline Pond. As we walked along the trail we heard a big splash! The little guy below must have been sunning on the bank and entered the water when he heard us coming.

Hiking Trails
Hiking Trails
Evangeline Pond
Evangeline Pond
Spring along the pond
Spring along the pond
An Evalgeline Pond resident
An Evalgeline Pond resident

Next, we stopped at the Nature Center and walked along a path above the bog. 

Abbeville Red Iris, not in bloom yet.
Abbeville Red Iris, not in bloom yet

 

Cypress Trees in a Swampy Bog
Cypress Trees

 

Carpenter Bee, this bee seemed fascinated with my camera
Carpenter Bee, this bee seemed fascinated with my camera

 

Blooming Iris
A Blooming Iris

 

After leaving the Nature Center we drove over to where they rent Canoes.

Canoe Rentals
Canoe Rentals
A Park Pavilion
A Park Pavilion
A hiker!
A hiker!
Another hiker
Another hiker? Can’t be she is not wearing hiking boots!

 

Leading to the  Vermillion River, which leads to the Gulf of Mexico
Leading to the Vermillion River, which leads to the Gulf of Mexico

 

Across from the Canoes we spotted these two lying on the shoreline. Thank goodness, we were on the opposite side of the bank.

 

Biggggg Gator
Biggggg Gator

 

A smaller one
A smaller one

 

Another view of the  Big One
Another view of the Big One

Tuesday, evening:

We wanted to eat some crawfish and hear some Cajun music so we headed over to La Cuisine et la Musique Cajun,  a restaurant and cajun dancehall called Randol’s. We enjoyed their early bird special – three pounds of boiled crawfish for $12.00!

Along with our spicy, delicious crawfish we had boiled corn and potatoes, and a dark local Abita Brewery beer. Every night a Cajun band plays beginning at 6:30. They have a nice stage and a huge dance floor.  The band is called the Bayou Boys and they were great.

 

spicy, delicious crawfish
spicy, delicious crawfish
The Bayou Boys
The Bayou Boys

 

I tried to include a video I took of the band and some couples dancing, but I couldn’t get it to upload. Seems WP won’t take Mov files.

Wednesday:

A trip to The Jungle (a post for tomorrow)

 

 

10 thoughts on “~We passed a good time in the heart of Cajun country!~”

  1. Wow! Great blog and discovery of another beautiful State Park. Enjoying your posts immensely. This will be our last night at Alafia River State Park in Lithia FL; only 30 sites, but great birding and hiking 🙂 You may want to get it on your list for next year.

    1. Hey Karla, hope you had a wonderful Birthday!!! I am thrilled that you are enjoying my posts! I hope you had a great time camping and yes we already have added this park to our lists! Love and hugs!

  2. Another wonderful post Sheila. I love the carpenter bee…..that’s so cool! I’m thinking you felt right at home enjoying all the yummy food and fun music! What a beautiful part of our great country!

    1. Hi Gay, Yes, the bee was amusing. I kept trying to take the photo as it flew all around me, what fun! Yes, we love this area.

      I can still remember meeting Howard’s Aunts for the first time. Howard’s Dad was the only male (and the youngest) out of, I think, five sisters and they were Cajuns, speaking cajun french! What a fun group to be around, talking loud, all at once and all about different topics! LOL 🙂

  3. Hi Sheila, What a great trip through Cajun Country, and great photos as always. I now miss spending more time in LA on our great circumnavigation last fall/winter, but by the time we left the Keys, we just got on 1-10 and drove to CA!

    1. Hi Lynda, that happens sometimes. We just get the notion to be somewhere and that becomes the goal. Maybe one day you can visit Louisiana again.

      Hope you are enjoying the cool beach breezes!!

      1. I will definitely keep that in mind. Wherever we travel we like to experience the essence of the area and it seems you know all about that in Louisiana. 🙂

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