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Catching the Spring Bird Migration

Each year on my birthday, which happens to coincide with the peak of the spring bird migration, my spouse and I travel the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road . Starting in Sulphur, we travel LA-27 to Sabine National Wildlife Refuge , to Johnson Bayou and Peveto Woods, Bird and Butterfly Sanctuary…

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7 Must Try Southwest Louisiana Foods

Prior to visiting Southwest Louisiana last August I had no idea what culinary delights were offered in the region. Of course, I knew gumbo and jambalaya were popular, but I had never heard of boudin or tried crawfish . Needless to say, since then, my taste buds have been introduced to a whole new region of food and they couldn’t be happier…

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Louisiana Pirate Festival 2015

By Linda Aksomitis Witness the cannon fire on May 2 as the city militia try to defend the seawall only to be overtaken by Jean Lafitte. Photo by David Aksomitis There’s nothing like a good pirate story—or event—to lure me into driving two thousand miles. And Louisiana Pirate Festival in…

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My Springtime Adventure in Southwest Louisiana

A hint of salt rode on the gentle breeze as the wings of terns, cormorants, herrings, and egrets whistled in the southern wind. The air temperature was perfect, a cool, yet comfortable seventy-two degrees as the sun met the horizon, setting on a dream day in the life of an outdoor writer. From the…

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Making Memories on Big Lake

By my best guess in talking to the locals, the 45-degree weather is a bit chilly for late March. A cold front blew through and shifted the wind from the familiar southerly direction to the north. It isn’t a hard wind (at least by Texas Panhandle standards) but is steady nonetheless. From my hotel…

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