Location: Intracoastal (ICW) Waterway Park; Hackberry, Louisiana
Today is day 3 of 3 and tomorrow is moving day. It is very overcast with high chances of rain today and tomorrow. Yesterday was the exploration day and it was much better, weather-wise. Exploration was easily accomplished by driving around in Freedom and stopping every now and then. As I said in my last post, most of the land south of the ICW is either marsh or swamp. Since I'm camped on the banks of the ICW, it doesn't take long to see the marshes. There are many different kinds of marshes, but since I don't know what they are, I'll just call anything south of me a marsh. That is until I get to the Gulf of Mexico which is only about 25 miles away. The conditions around here are ripe for lots of mosquitoes which will attack you in force when you get out of your vehicle. I found that I had about 1 minute to take pictures after rolling my window down before the skeeter scouts found me. I have some OFF in Freedom but I have never liked using it so I've mainly been roughing it, commando style. So far, so good. (Note: as I'm proofreading this post, the Parish is spraying the campground for skeeters. I'll see how effective they are tomorrow when I'm hitching up)
I think it will be easier to just post pictures with detailed captions.
Before I get into the pictures, if you like watching tow boats and barges while they work, this is the campground for you. There are at least a couple dozen that pass my campsite every day. I didn't think I would get his way, but I'm getting to be Ho-um about them. The lift bridge has only had to be raised once since I've been here and it was due to an oversized load that had both a tug boat and a tow boat. That may confuse people, but the main difference between the two boats is a tug boat pulls its load while a tow boat pushes its load. That's not always the case because I have see tug boats push ships around in port back in my Navy days. If I can post the video I took, you can see the difference.
On with the pictures:
|Long lonesome highway!! The marshes are a lot like the desert southwest or western Texas. And like the deserts, you either like them or hate them. I'm a little to the "hate" side of neutral on both. I can take 'em or leave 'em.
|See that area in the distance on the left. In Louisiana, those are called "islands". They aren't real islands, but they are safe places in the "sea of marches". This island is call Hog Island.
|Nothing controversial about this location. It is just a marker from the scenic trail that runs in this area. I thought it was a neat picture. There are lots of hiking trails around here.
|With all of the canals in the marshes, there has to be a means to control some of the flow, which these weir-like structures provide.
|Some beach created at a small beach house community.
|These are residences in the small beach house community from the previous picture. I turned away from the Gulf to take this picture. I'll take the house on the right. Obviously, there aren't any zoning laws.
|That's the "snaky" bridge to the left where the boat has sunk. It looks like it has been there for a while. Freedom is sitting on the old road that used to cross the ICW.
|Great view of the area while crossing the "snaky" bridge.
|This is the only time the lift bridge has been lifted since I've been here. This is the load that was pulled and pushed. I'll try to embed the video after this picture. Fingers crossed.
Blogger put the video at the bottom of the post. I ain't gonna try to move it.
|From my campsite, the sun sets under the bridge as I'm looking out my door. The sunsets haven't been great, but on this evening, the clouds made up for it with their own show.
Tomorrow is moving day and I'll be heading east to a State Park just south of Abbeville. It should be a nice easy tow with a Walmart stop on the way.
Ya'll take care of each other. Maybe I'll Cya down the road.