Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Today is Mardi Gras . . .

Or, as translated in English, Fat Tuesday - which means I have the day off. Yes, it's a holiday here. The city just about shuts down. Well, except for the 100,000 people who will line the streets of Houma to view the two parades.

I'd rather be somewhere else, but I'll take advantage of the day off and work on my manuscript.

Here's where I was last year: Note: ignore the date stamp. I didn't know it was on. It ruined these pictures and on top of that it's the wrong date.

Garden of the gods - Colorado Springs. February - 2007.


Ryan said...

Dayle... I'd expect that from a man with a wife and two kids on vacation, but YOU!!! At least you had batteries this time.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

In my defense, it was 9 degrees and I was using Mary's camera. Mine doesn't work below 40 degrees.

Kay said...

My husband used to work at the Navigators' headquarters, just up the road from GOG. I used to get such a glorious view every time I drove over there.
I prefer to call it Garden of the God. He is a magnificent designer, isn't He?
Those photos are still wonderful. Can you blur out the date or something with photoshop?

Mark H. said...

That is a beautiful area, for sure. Thanks for the pictures.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

I like the way you think, Kay. I guess you noticed I used a small g for gods.

I'm sure if I had photoshop, I could clean it up. One day.

The amazing thing is - this is a lot of people's back yard.

Janet Rubin said...

A friend sent me a post card from New Orleans yesterday. She's down there for Mardi Gras. I'll love to visit sometime, but not for Mardi Gras. Enjoy your day off, Dayle. Hope you get some writing done. C'mon... 5K. You can do it!

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

New Orleans is a great place to visit, Janet. But I would also suggest a loop through Cajun country. The swamp tours are good and there's also the plantations. AND the FOOD. Believe it or not, the food is better in the Cajun parishes than it is in New Orleans.

Also - not all parades are bad. The children's parades in Houma or Montegut are pretty good family fun.

Thanks for the writing encouragement. I was trying to get some editing done. I did managed to open my file and stare at it for a little while.

Winter Peck said...

I was telling Donna last time I talked with her, I seriously need to get down in the New Orleans, Cajun country way as my 3rd book is set in that area and surrounds my Cajun hero. Still trying to convince my husband the trip is well worth the research.

Oh the lengths we go to satisfy characters written out of our comfort zone.