Initially, Bayou Sauvage was our primary destination for day one of staycation 2020. After stumbling upon Boy Scout Trail Road during our final route planning, we made this site our second stop. I am glad we made the swap because blazing heat and dry conditions meant that Bayou Sauvage fell a little short.
The 25,000 acre refuge is within New Orleans city limits. Our research led us to expect alligators and birds. We got butterflies, an abundance of golden silk spiders, and flora. We also had access to clean, well-stocked bathroom facilities. On second thought, this huge win might have been better than a gator sighting.
We did not see the best that Bayou Sauvage has to offer, but I know the potential is there. I hope to check this site out again when the weather is cooler.
The Big Branch Marsh Boy Scout Road Boardwalk and Trail was a last minute addition to our staycation itinerary. It was a great add. The site, in Lacombe, is an easy drive from Baton Rouge. The trail is short and accessible.
We were treated to black-bellied whistling-ducks, a great heron, and striking flora.
Surreal skies were the focus of my last post. As it turns out, surrealism was the theme for 2019. Within days of writing that post, my mom would be rushed to the hospital. She would be gone from this world less than two months later. My dad was gone less than six weeks after that. My mother-in-law passed in June.
Last year, I vacillated between utter exhaustion and deep gratitude. When I was bone weary, there was always someone there to keep me going. Last year, I learned that family has nothing to do with shared DNA.
This year was going to be easier. This was the year of the comeback, only it wasn’t. It’s another year of weariness and thankfulness all rolled into one. We have been luckier than many, and for that I am grateful.
For many reasons, I need a creative outlet. I want to find a way to put something positive in the universe and provide support in the way my tribe supports me. Expect to see more from this space again.