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Great trip!!! All plans, all paddles, all food (thanks Becky for organized it all) And all helpers who made it happen, and of course. Chris the ultimate planner And Crayfish Cook! And the comrade tie of the HASK and the HCC people who joined us!! No reservations here, we must do it again next year. Thank you Chris and everyone in attendance, a wonderful time was had by all!
Linda (LB Walden)....

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> On May 5, 2014, at 12:34 PM, "Trip Reports & Photos" <tripreports@hask.org> wrote:
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> ... and you were ready to order one when I said, "Let's Go!" Langlinais is
> no longer run by a Langlinais. CA
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>> On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM, William Younger <w-younger@att.net> wrote:
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>> Great report! Thanks to Chris for his extra-ordinary efforts in
>> making this trip an exceptionally memorable experience for all of
>> us aquaphilic Texans. The bayou country is truly like a whole 'nother
>> country! Hope we'll make this a spring tradition. Willie Younger
>> P.S. Good news...Bad news! The monkey has been found! It was in the
>> tasty Taliban Tacos at the grocerystore/poorboy shop in Lafayette.
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>> *From:* Trip Reports & Photos <tripreports@hask.org>
>> *To:* "w-younger@att.net" <w-younger@att.net>
>> *Sent:* Monday, May 5, 2014 11:05 AM
>> *Subject:* Three Days in Bayou Country <<$106447092137$>>
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>> "Somebody stole my monkey - my monkey - my monkey, stole my monkey from
>> me!"
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>> OK, so you kinda had to be there. The live band at Gros Marina on 4-Mile
>> Bayou in heart of Bayou Country were playing a decent rendtion of Zachary
>> Richard's 1990 hit as we were winding down with friends on the "Summer
>> Time" houseboat. You have to know Zachary Richard a bit too. Download some
>> of his songs - he's a global star with more than just Cajun music in his
>> repertoire.
>>
>> Anyway, I like the way everything just clicked this past weekend. The
>> weather was the star of the show! The eagles, ospreys, owls, pileated
>> woodpeckers, prothonotary warblers, and the list goes on and on made it all
>> magical. Cindy B. was our queen birder on this trip and the birds did not
>> disappoint us. Neither did the curious little alligators that were lurking
>> everywhere. This area just north of Morgan City has had a long history of
>> cypress logging, moss collecting (i.e. 19th century upholstery),
>> subsistence fishing and all around good fun. Families in the area have
>> bayou-side camps or houseboats to enjoy all this fresh water paradise has
>> to offer.
>>
>> Most of our group from the Houston area went for a short 5-mile paddle out
>> to Lake Verret from the houseboat at the Marina on Friday afternoon after
>> settling in. Leroy Gros at the marina was giving us the evil-eye as we were
>> taking up most the available parking until I mentioned my cousin Dirk, then
>> suddenly we were all "OK". We paddled amongst the cypress trees in dark
>> waters that held garfish, catfish and bass. The cypress knees buttressed
>> the trees at the lake's edge. There was every design of camp and houseboat
>> scattered about, most built by hand on weekends. Dinner Friday night was
>> started with chicken curry soup followed by red beans and rice spiced with
>> TX smoked sausage. Saturday's paddle was in the opposite direction down to
>> Grassy Lake and back up through some tree line canals and Bayou Felix to
>> our take out at the marina. We were escorted on part of our route with my
>> longtime friend Keith Dupre who was my paddling companion 40 years ago on
>> the same waters in a shop-made, fully loaded pirogue. The band was revved
>> up as we enjoyed the still cool afternoon with some cold ones, ice cream
>> and just slightly stiff shoulders. The marina owner's 7 year-old son Logan
>> helped a lot at the take-out on both trips.
>>
>> There are few other things to see in the area if not paddling every day.
>> Jim G, biked and made his own driving tour in Morgan City.
>>
>> Dinner Saturday was fresh harvested Atchafalaya Basin crawfish, shrimp,
>> new potatoes, and corn enjoyed at the edge of Bayou Long at the "Bayou
>> Fever" camp house. There was just enough time to squeeze in one more 4-mile
>> paddle Sunday morning by half of our contingent. A few of you found side
>> trips in South Louisiana to enjoy on the way home. Please note this is the
>> Inaugural Trip to Bayou Country. The Kuhnens spent some time at the famous
>> New Orleans Jazzfest before driving "down da bayou" and urged that all
>> future trips include an opportunity for a diversion to the New Orleans
>> Fairgrounds for great music and outstanding food.
>>
>> You all had such nice things to say as were loading up this time yesterday
>> and in emails last night. It was a pleasure to organize this trip and you
>> all helped in ways that made all the logistics, put ins, and clean-up seem
>> transparent. I want to especially thank Becky Claytor for organizing 4
>> meals for 19 Texans. Now that's a job! ".So if you find my monkey, send her
>> on home to me." -ZR More Photos to come -
>> http://beckyclaytor.smugmug.com/Three-Days-in-Bayou-Country
>>
>> à bientôt mes amis - Chris Arceneaux
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I was going through my stuff when I got home and I found a Monkey in my bag....anyone missing a Monkey?? ha ha.

Great Trip Chris. It was truly a pleasure seeing everyone and meeting new folks. I too have blocked out this time period for next year. The accommodations were great. No, better than great.

This was a trip that's hard to match.


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> It was such a wonderful trip, Chris. I know the "thank yous" have been flying the last couple of days, but don't think one more is overkill, so thanks again for organizing such a great trip. I'm not sure the spirits on the houseboat knew what to do without us to harass last night and...I'm a little relieved to be back in Texas where there are fewer fire arms being brandished, but, have already cleared my calendar for this trip next year.
> Becky
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> OK, so you kinda had to be there. The live band at Gros Marina on 4-Mile Bayou in heart of Bayou Country were playing a decent rendtion of Zachary Richard's 1990 hit as we were winding down with friends on the "Summer Time" houseboat. You have to know Zachary Richard a bit too. Download some of his songs - he's a global star with more than just Cajun music in his repertoire.
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> Anyway, I like the way everything just clicked this past weekend. The weather was the star of the show! The eagles, ospreys, owls, pileated woodpeckers, prothonotary warblers, and the list goes on and on made it all magical. Cindy B. was our queen birder on this trip and the birds did not disappoint us. Neither did the curious little alligators that were lurking everywhere. This area just north of Morgan City has had a long history of cypress logging, moss collecting (i.e. 19th century upholstery), subsistence fishing and all around good fun. Families in the area have bayou-side camps or houseboats to enjoy all this fresh water paradise has to offer.
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> Most of our group from the Houston area went for a short 5-mile paddle out to Lake Verret from the houseboat at the Marina on Friday afternoon after settling in. Leroy Gros at the marina was giving us the evil-eye as we were taking up most the available parking until I mentioned my cousin Dirk, then suddenly we were all "OK". We paddled amongst the cypress trees in dark waters that held garfish, catfish and bass. The cypress knees buttressed the trees at the lake's edge. There was every design of camp and houseboat scattered about, most built by hand on weekends. Dinner Friday night was started with chicken curry soup followed by red beans and rice spiced with TX smoked sausage. Saturday's paddle was in the opposite direction down to Grassy Lake and back up through some tree line canals and Bayou Felix to our take out at the marina. We were escorted on part of our route with my longtime friend Keith Dupre who was my paddling companion 40 years ago on the same waters in a shop-made, fully loaded pirogue. The band was revved up as we enjoyed the still cool afternoon with some cold ones, ice cream and just slightly stiff shoulders. The marina owner's 7 year-old son Logan helped a lot at the take-out on both trips.
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... and you were ready to order one when I said, "Let's Go!" Langlinais is no longer run by a Langlinais. CA

On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM, William Younger <w-younger@att.net> wrote:
Great report!  Thanks to Chris for his extra-ordinary efforts in making this trip an exceptionally memorable experience for all of us aquaphilic Texans.  The bayou country is truly like a whole 'nother country!  Hope we'll make this a spring tradition.  Willie Younger
P.S.  Good news...Bad news!  The monkey has been found!  It was in the tasty Taliban Tacos at the grocerystore/poorboy shop in Lafayette. 

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To: "w-younger@att.net" <w-younger@att.net>
Sent: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:05 AM
Subject: Three Days in Bayou Country <<$106447092137$>>

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"Somebody stole my monkey - my monkey - my monkey, stole my monkey from me!"

OK, so you kinda had to be there. The live band at Gros Marina on 4-Mile Bayou in heart of Bayou Country were playing a decent rendtion of Zachary Richard's 1990 hit as we were winding down with friends on the "Summer Time" houseboat. You have to know Zachary Richard a bit too. Download some of his songs - he's a global star with more than just Cajun music in his repertoire.

Anyway, I like the way everything just clicked this past weekend. The weather was the star of the show! The eagles, ospreys, owls, pileated woodpeckers, prothonotary warblers, and the list goes on and on made it all magical. Cindy B. was our queen birder on this trip and the birds did not disappoint us. Neither did the curious little alligators that were lurking everywhere. This area just north of Morgan City has had a long history of cypress logging, moss collecting (i.e. 19th century upholstery), subsistence fishing and all around good fun. Families in the area have bayou-side camps or houseboats to enjoy all this fresh water paradise has to offer.

Most of our group from the Houston area went for a short 5-mile paddle out to Lake Verret from the houseboat at the Marina on Friday afternoon after settling in. Leroy Gros at the marina was giving us the evil-eye as we were taking up most the available parking until I mentioned my cousin Dirk, then suddenly we were all "OK". We paddled amongst the cypress trees in dark waters that held garfish, catfish and bass. The cypress knees buttressed the trees at the lake's edge. There was every design of camp and houseboat scattered about, most built by hand on weekends. Dinner Friday night was started with chicken curry soup followed by red beans and rice spiced with TX smoked sausage. Saturday's paddle was in the opposite direction down to Grassy Lake and back up through some tree line canals and Bayou Felix to our take out at the marina. We were escorted on part of our route with my longtime friend Keith Dupre who was my paddling companion 40 years ago on the same waters in a shop-made, fully loaded pirogue. The band was revved up as we enjoyed the still cool afternoon with some cold ones, ice cream and just slightly stiff shoulders. The marina owner's 7 year-old son Logan helped a lot at the take-out on both trips.

There are few other things to see in the area if not paddling every day. Jim G, biked and made his own driving tour in Morgan City.

Dinner Saturday was fresh harvested Atchafalaya Basin crawfish, shrimp, new potatoes, and corn enjoyed at the edge of Bayou Long at the "Bayou Fever" camp house. There was just enough time to squeeze in one more 4-mile paddle Sunday morning by half of our contingent. A few of you found side trips in South Louisiana to enjoy on the way home. Please note this is the Inaugural Trip to Bayou Country. The Kuhnens spent some time at the famous New Orleans Jazzfest before driving "down da bayou" and urged that all future trips include an opportunity for a diversion to the New Orleans Fairgrounds for great music and outstanding food.

You all had such nice things to say as were loading up this time yesterday and in emails last night. It was a pleasure to organize this trip and you all helped in ways that made all the logistics, put ins, and clean-up seem transparent. I want to especially thank Becky Claytor for organizing 4 meals for 19 Texans. Now that's a job! ".So if you find my monkey, send her on home to me." -ZR More Photos to come - http://beckyclaytor.smugmug.com/Three-Days-in-Bayou-Country

à bientôt mes amis - Chris Arceneaux


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Great report!  Thanks to Chris for his extra-ordinary efforts in making this trip an exceptionally memorable experience for all of us aquaphilic Texans.  The bayou country is truly like a whole 'nother country!  Hope we'll make this a spring tradition.  Willie Younger
P.S.  Good news...Bad news!  The monkey has been found!  It was in the tasty Taliban Tacos at the grocerystore/poorboy shop in Lafayette. 

From: Trip Reports & Photos <tripreports@hask.org>
To: "w-younger@att.net" <w-younger@att.net>
Sent: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:05 AM
Subject: Three Days in Bayou Country <<$106447092137$>>

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Posted by: Chris Arceneaux on 5/5/2014 at 11:00 AM
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"Somebody stole my monkey - my monkey - my monkey, stole my monkey from me!"

OK, so you kinda had to be there. The live band at Gros Marina on 4-Mile Bayou in heart of Bayou Country were playing a decent rendtion of Zachary Richard's 1990 hit as we were winding down with friends on the "Summer Time" houseboat. You have to know Zachary Richard a bit too. Download some of his songs - he's a global star with more than just Cajun music in his repertoire.

Anyway, I like the way everything just clicked this past weekend. The weather was the star of the show! The eagles, ospreys, owls, pileated woodpeckers, prothonotary warblers, and the list goes on and on made it all magical. Cindy B. was our queen birder on this trip and the birds did not disappoint us. Neither did the curious little alligators that were lurking everywhere. This area just north of Morgan City has had a long history of cypress logging, moss collecting (i.e. 19th century upholstery), subsistence fishing and all around good fun. Families in the area have bayou-side camps or houseboats to enjoy all this fresh water paradise has to offer.

Most of our group from the Houston area went for a short 5-mile paddle out to Lake Verret from the houseboat at the Marina on Friday afternoon after settling in. Leroy Gros at the marina was giving us the evil-eye as we were taking up most the available parking until I mentioned my cousin Dirk, then suddenly we were all "OK". We paddled amongst the cypress trees in dark waters that held garfish, catfish and bass. The cypress knees buttressed the trees at the lake's edge. There was every design of camp and houseboat scattered about, most built by hand on weekends. Dinner Friday night was started with chicken curry soup followed by red beans and rice spiced with TX smoked sausage. Saturday's paddle was in the opposite direction down to Grassy Lake and back up through some tree line canals and Bayou Felix to our take out at the marina. We were escorted on part of our route with my longtime friend Keith Dupre who was my paddling companion 40 years ago on the same waters in a shop-made, fully loaded pirogue. The band was revved up as we enjoyed the still cool afternoon with some cold ones, ice cream and just slightly stiff shoulders. The marina owner's 7 year-old son Logan helped a lot at the take-out on both trips.

There are few other things to see in the area if not paddling every day. Jim G, biked and made his own driving tour in Morgan City.

Dinner Saturday was fresh harvested Atchafalaya Basin crawfish, shrimp, new potatoes, and corn enjoyed at the edge of Bayou Long at the "Bayou Fever" camp house. There was just enough time to squeeze in one more 4-mile paddle Sunday morning by half of our contingent. A few of you found side trips in South Louisiana to enjoy on the way home. Please note this is the Inaugural Trip to Bayou Country. The Kuhnens spent some time at the famous New Orleans Jazzfest before driving "down da bayou" and urged that all future trips include an opportunity for a diversion to the New Orleans Fairgrounds for great music and outstanding food.

You all had such nice things to say as were loading up this time yesterday and in emails last night. It was a pleasure to organize this trip and you all helped in ways that made all the logistics, put ins, and clean-up seem transparent. I want to especially thank Becky Claytor for organizing 4 meals for 19 Texans. Now that's a job! ".So if you find my monkey, send her on home to me." -ZR More Photos to come - http://beckyclaytor.smugmug.com/Three-Days-in-Bayou-Country

à bientôt mes amis - Chris Arceneaux


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It was such a wonderful trip, Chris.  I know the "thank yous" have been flying the last couple of days, but don't think one more is overkill, so thanks again for organizing such a great trip.  I'm not sure the spirits on the houseboat knew what to do without us to harass last night and...I'm a little relieved to be back in Texas where there are fewer fire arms being brandished, Smiley  but, have already cleared my calendar for this trip next year.

Becky


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"Somebody stole my monkey - my monkey - my monkey, stole my monkey from me!"

OK, so you kinda had to be there. The live band at Gros Marina on 4-Mile Bayou in heart of Bayou Country were playing a decent rendtion of Zachary Richard's 1990 hit as we were winding down with friends on the "Summer Time" houseboat. You have to know Zachary Richard a bit too. Download some of his songs - he's a global star with more than just Cajun music in his repertoire.

Anyway, I like the way everything just clicked this past weekend. The weather was the star of the show! The eagles, ospreys, owls, pileated woodpeckers, prothonotary warblers, and the list goes on and on made it all magical. Cindy B. was our queen birder on this trip and the birds did not disappoint us. Neither did the curious little alligators that were lurking everywhere. This area just north of Morgan City has had a long history of cypress logging, moss collecting (i.e. 19th century upholstery), subsistence fishing and all around good fun. Families in the area have bayou-side camps or houseboats to enjoy all this fresh water paradise has to offer.

Most of our group from the Houston area went for a short 5-mile paddle out to Lake Verret from the houseboat at the Marina on Friday afternoon after settling in. Leroy Gros at the marina was giving us the evil-eye as we were taking up most the available parking until I mentioned my cousin Dirk, then suddenly we were all "OK". We paddled amongst the cypress trees in dark waters that held garfish, catfish and bass. The cypress knees buttressed the trees at the lake's edge. There was every design of camp and houseboat scattered about, most built by hand on weekends. Dinner Friday night was started with chicken curry soup followed by red beans and rice spiced with TX smoked sausage. Saturday's paddle was in the opposite direction down to Grassy Lake and back up through some tree line canals and Bayou Felix to our take out at the marina. We were escorted on part of our route with my longtime friend Keith Dupre who was my paddling companion 40 years ago on the same waters in a shop-made, fully loaded pirogue. The band was revved up as we enjoyed the still cool afternoon with some cold ones, ice cream and just slightly stiff shoulders. The marina owner's 7 year-old son Logan helped a lot at the take-out on both trips.

There are few other things to see in the area if not paddling every day. Jim G, biked and made his own driving tour in Morgan City.

Dinner Saturday was fresh harvested Atchafalaya Basin crawfish, shrimp, new potatoes, and corn enjoyed at the edge of Bayou Long at the "Bayou Fever" camp house. There was just enough time to squeeze in one more 4-mile paddle Sunday morning by half of our contingent. A few of you found side trips in South Louisiana to enjoy on the way home. Please note this is the Inaugural Trip to Bayou Country. The Kuhnens spent some time at the famous New Orleans Jazzfest before driving "down da bayou" and urged that all future trips include an opportunity for a diversion to the New Orleans Fairgrounds for great music and outstanding food.

You all had such nice things to say as were loading up this time yesterday and in emails last night. It was a pleasure to organize this trip and you all helped in ways that made all the logistics, put ins, and clean-up seem transparent. I want to especially thank Becky Claytor for organizing 4 meals for 19 Texans. Now that's a job! ".So if you find my monkey, send her on home to me." -ZR More Photos to come - http://beckyclaytor.smugmug.com/Three-Days-in-Bayou-Country

à bientôt mes amis - Chris Arceneaux


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"Somebody stole my monkey - my monkey - my monkey, stole my monkey from me!"

OK, so you kinda had to be there. The live band at Gros Marina on 4-Mile Bayou in heart of Bayou Country were playing a decent rendtion of Zachary Richard's 1990 hit as we were winding down with friends on the "Summer Time" houseboat. You have to know Zachary Richard a bit too. Download some of his songs - he's a global star with more than just Cajun music in his repertoire.

Anyway, I like the way everything just clicked this past weekend. The weather was the star of the show! The eagles, ospreys, owls, pileated woodpeckers, prothonotary warblers, and the list goes on and on made it all magical. Cindy B. was our queen birder on this trip and the birds did not disappoint us. Neither did the curious little alligators that were lurking everywhere. This area just north of Morgan City has had a long history of cypress logging, moss collecting (i.e. 19th century upholstery), subsistence fishing and all around good fun. Families in the area have bayou-side camps or houseboats to enjoy all this fresh water paradise has to offer.

Most of our group from the Houston area went for a short 5-mile paddle out to Lake Verret from the houseboat at the Marina on Friday afternoon after settling in. Leroy Gros at the marina was giving us the evil-eye as we were taking up most the available parking until I mentioned my cousin Dirk, then suddenly we were all “OK”. We paddled amongst the cypress trees in dark waters that held garfish, catfish and bass. The cypress knees buttressed the trees at the lake’s edge. There was every design of camp and houseboat scattered about, most built by hand on weekends. Dinner Friday night was started with chicken curry soup followed by red beans and rice spiced with TX smoked sausage. Saturday’s paddle was in the opposite direction down to Grassy Lake and back up through some tree line canals and Bayou Felix to our take out at the marina. We were escorted on part of our route with my longtime friend Keith Dupre who was my paddling companion 40 years ago on the same waters in a shop-made, fully loaded pirogue. The band was revved up as we enjoyed the still cool afternoon with some cold ones, ice cream and just slightly stiff shoulders. The marina owner’s 7 year-old son Logan helped a lot at the take-out on both trips.

There are few other things to see in the area if not paddling every day. Jim G, biked and made his own driving tour in Morgan City.

Dinner Saturday was fresh harvested Atchafalaya Basin crawfish, shrimp, new potatoes, and corn enjoyed at the edge of Bayou Long at the “Bayou Fever” camp house. There was just enough time to squeeze in one more 4-mile paddle Sunday morning by half of our contingent. A few of you found side trips in South Louisiana to enjoy on the way home. Please note this is the Inaugural Trip to Bayou Country. The Kuhnens spent some time at the famous New Orleans Jazzfest before driving “down da bayou” and urged that all future trips include an opportunity for a diversion to the New Orleans Fairgrounds for great music and outstanding food.

You all had such nice things to say as were loading up this time yesterday and in emails last night. It was a pleasure to organize this trip and you all helped in ways that made all the logistics, put ins, and clean-up seem transparent. I want to especially thank Becky Claytor for organizing 4 meals for 19 Texans. Now that’s a job! “…So if you find my monkey, send her on home to me.” –ZR More Photos to come - http://beckyclaytor.smugmug.com/Three-Days-in-Bayou-Country

à bientôt mes amis – Chris Arceneaux
 
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