Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Growing up Arceneaux . . .

For those of you (cough-Kay) wondering what this area of the world looks like, here are some pics COURTESY OF TODD.

I grew up surrounded by this stuff. Miles and miles of it. No kidding. 30ft behind my house and extending for miles.

Click on the picture to see the little ones. Good work, Todd.


Janet Rubin said...

These are great! A whole nother world. We got NOTHIN like this in CT. Do you have one of those boats you push around with a pole? Do you ever see Kermit the frog?

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

I didn't have a pirogue** myself, Janet.

**pronounced pee-rawg; some areas pronounce it pee-row.

But I did have several to borrow from. I used a paddle instead of a push pole.

Swamps run anywhere from a few inches to 4 feet deep. I used to enjoy wading through it as a kid in hip boots or jeans duct taped to my shoes to keep the leaches out. It always felt like an adventure. Thankfully, I never got nutria itch.

Kermit never made it out this way. You see, we...um...like to catch frogs and eat them. Now, I tried to explain to Kermy (he lets me call him Kermy) that we only eat bullfrogs, but he decided to stay away as a sign of solidarity with his amphibious kindred.

Janet Rubin said...

definately an adventure! duct tape is good for everything. my teenager has made herself a bible cover out of duct tape. i've never eaten frog... it really isn't easy being green, is it?

Winter Peck said...

Thanks Dayle. I was hoping to see pics of your area after you promised to send some my way.

Wow, puts a lot into perspective for me.

Janet Rubin said...

Dayle, I forgot to say this is exactly what i picuterd when reading River Rising.

i clicked on that last pic. that's like national geographic stuff!

Kay said...

wow. umm, where did you ride your bike?

It really looks a lot like I imagined. Do those swamps get those gassy swamp light things? Those would be cool to see.

Thanks for sharing the pics! They are very good.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

We do have some dry land, Kay. But we mainly had to ride our bikes on the streets. We also do have some woods with dry land. However, it normally only goes a hundred feet, maybe two hundred in some spots and you're in swamp. Mostly the swamp and marsh start right off the road.

I must say that I have lived within eye shot of a swamp my entire life and I have never seen swamp gas.

Mark H. said...

This looks exactly like Delaware, except for the native trees, swamp, and alligators.

Kay said...

On the Travel Channel they are eating Nutria. I had never heard of them. Have you eaten it? They look like giant rats. Or very small R.O.U.S.es. (Princess Bride reference, don't know if you're familiar)

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

No Reservations, I presume.

Nutria's are everywhere around here. Several used to make their way in my backyard. I think they're actually in the beaver family, but yeah they look like big rats. They have 2 big orange teeth which show.

Personally, I'd never eat a nutria. They'd have to at least change the name around here.

Nutrias are not indigenous. They were brought here from South America - maybe just 10 or so. They escaped. Their numbers have grown tremendously. They tear up the marsh pretty bad.

Sidenote: I used to trap them as a kid. I'd never do that today. Too cruel.

The government attempted a 4 million dollar plan to get people to eat them so that the population could be controlled. Horrible waste of money. Although I hear they taste pretty good. Eventually, the gov got smart and just offered money for each carcus brought in. So, thankfully, their numbers are dwindling - helping to conserve our quickly disappearing wetlands.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

My mistake, Kay.

Bizarre Foods.

Todd said...

Nutria is tasty!

Really, it tastes sort of like high quality beef - very tender and kind of sweet.

Gator is tasty too!

South Louisianian's favorite scripture:

"I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles, and birds of the air. 7Then I heard a voice telling me, 'Get up, Peter. Kill and eat." Acts 11:6-7