Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Cajun Blast on the Swamp ( Part I )

After a scrumptious Cajun breakfast, on Sunday, we headed out to find some fun on the Atchafalaya Basin, better known as the Henderson Swamp. It was a partly cloudy day, with the threat of scattered storms, which stayed to the south of the area. Our first stop was Basin Landing, a combination boat landing/bed and breakfast/bar/fishing supply store. It's quite a unique place and takes you back in time with it's rustic charm and retro Turtle's Bar. (click to enlarge)

There were lots of boaters, spending the afternoon on the water.
The water on the Basin is oil free and the fishing and crawfishing is good!

This is a deluxe houseboat , complete with floating kitchen and Tikki Bar! I would love to buy it and call it the Blogland Express! Imagine the fun we could have on this! Woo hoo!

The patrons at Turtle's Bar are very friendly and are usually ready to party.
Lots of cold beer and great music! There is also a billiard room and video poker.

But my favorite part of Turtle's is their fabulous retro jukebox. You don't see these too much, anymore. What a selection! A little Credence Clearwater Revival, elevated the mood!

It was almost time to go to the Sunday afternoon dance, at Whiskey River Landing, but we were starving and wanted to get a bite to eat, so we headed over to the nearby, Landry's Restaurant. 
My family has been eating at Landry's for over 30 years and I have many fond memories of eating delectable Sunday dinners here, with my parents and children, back when seafood platters were only $5.95!

I didn't want a big heavy meal, so I ordered a divine Shrimp Poboy! Out of this world, cher! Not one drop of oil on these babies! Absolute heaven for a shrimp-o-holic, like me! Cest bon, cher!

It was then time to head over to Whiskey River, to dance these calories off. Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns were rockin' the spirited crowd. Whiskey River is a combination boat landing/ dancehall/bar on the Henderson levee. Oh, and there was some nitty- gritty dancin' going on! Lassiez les bon temps, rouler, cher!!

To be continued.........

Wishing ya'll a fun, happy weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


judi said...

Oh my what fun you are having, making the best of it! Now I have to go find a cold beer and wait for part II.

Joanne said...

There's something so very nostalgic about jukeboxes. I haven't ever seen one with cd's though, so that looks cool. I've seen John Fogerty (Creedence frontman) in concert a few times these past few years, he always gives an amazing show, and has a great band going on now. Very rockin'!

JÄ°VAGO said...

I like the area of your peopel just
like you dear friend,vry hot blooded and full of enjoyment.

I wish you a great weekend full of
hapiness and joy.. sincerly yours

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, do know how to live!!! Loving this...and wishing I could have a jukebox like that...And if you bought that houseboat, watch out! There'd be a whole heckuva lot of us moving in with you!!! :-)) Love you so much! Janine XO

Donna B said...

I went to New Orleans with my husband on a business trip about four years ago, almost a year after Katrina. I LOVED IT! I totally agree it has the best toe tappin' music, best food and the friendliest people. There is so much we did not get to see and I look forward with great anticipation in going back. I am sickened by BP and hope your beaches and wild life can be protected.

Cloudia said...

love visiting y'all, Cher!

Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Eddie Bluelights said...

Now my dearest Marguerite I have a serious question to ask you!! Do you Cajun people know what a chair is? Why, you might ask? Because you are always on your feet wearing those magic red cowgirl boots, dancing and prancing - do you ever sit down?? It's you who should have an artifiicial hip with all the wear and tear and me who should have my original hip!! LOL

Love the way you all enjpy yourselves and make living one big party!! I must be doing something wrong! LOL
Hugs ~ Eddie

Laura said...

Oh my gosh- what fun!
But you always share things about fun and friends and your great sense of hospitality.

I love that!


Kittie Howard said...

Oh, Cher, what fun. Love 'your' houseboat! The Atchafalaya Basin is my old stompin' ground. Loved your photos. Lots of memories! A little Credence...sigh!

lakeviewer said...

You sure can party! It's got to be frustrating to see all this wonderful cultural icons threatened so.

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos and narrative. Add in food and I'm hooked. If you don't mind, I'm gonna tag along.
thanks for signing on at my blog also!

John said...

Sounds like a good time, the bars sound as though they come from a James Lee Burke novel.

Marguerite said...

judi- You'd better have a few for Part II. lol Merci for stopping by, cher! Happy weekend!

Joanne- This juke box is very cool! Credence was always one of my faves. I would love to see John Fogerty's band. Great that he's still going strong!

Jivago- Merci for the nice compliment, cher! We do like to enjoy life! Hope that your weekend is happy and fun, too! Have a Raki for me! :) Cheers!

Janine- Thanks, I'd love to have that jukebox, too! I've been wanting to buy a houseboat for a while, now. Would love to have you as a guest or a roommate! It would be a blast!

Donna- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! You should definitely go back to New Orleans. There have been a lot of improvements, since then. Thanks, I'm afraid that our coast will never be the same. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the follow!

Cloudia- Thanks for your sweet comment, cher! Love having you, too! Have a wonderful weekend in paradise! Aloha!

Angie Ledbetter said...

I nominate you as an official State Ambassador!

Love me some Landry's, sha. :)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Have a fabulous weekend, dear some dancing for me ;-) Love you!!! Janine XO

67 Not Out (Mike Perry) said...

Great - you bring it all to life so well. I'll be back for the next part!

Marguerite said...

Eddie- Why of course we do, cher! I was sitting down when I was eating that fabulous shrimp poboy! lol Merci, life is one big party, to a Cajun! You're not doing anything wrong, just living in the wrong place! lol

Laura- Thanks so much for your lovely comment, cher! it's my pleasure! Was so sorry to hear about your accident and hope that everything is better, now.

Kittie- Merci beaucoup, cher! No kidding?! Where are you from and did you ever go to Whiskey River? If so, you are probably in some of my pics! lol Small world! Cheers!

lakeviewer- It's all in the genes cher! Yes, it's very frustrating and heartbreaking, but at least the Basin is inland and won't be affected by the spill.

Pat- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! Lots of great food, music, and fun, always! Merci beaucoup for stopping by and I
am thrilled that you want to tag along! You're welcome, cher!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Meant to say earlier - loved the juke box! Now cher which song would you play for me? LOL

Marguerite said...

Angie- Merci beaucoup, sha! Just doing what comes natural, for our wonderful state! Landry's is the best!

Janine- Thanks, cher! Hope that yours was fab, too! You know that I did! lol

Mike- Hi and welcome! Many thanks for the sweet comment and for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed it!

Eddie- It would have to be "Zydeco Sont Pas Sale", by Clifton Chenier. A real fast one that would test your bionic hip! lol Cheers, cher!


oh, girl! what a wonderful time i've had with you strollin' through this post of fun and food and drink and dancin' and more! be still my heart!

saturday i had to little one's soccer games - last games of the season - and afterward we went to the little cajun food place down at the beach for lunch! a big ole shrimp basket for me to the tune of zydeco - and their "swamp water", girl, can't even tell you how divine! thought of you, lady!

have a glorious louisiana week and hugs to all there!!!

Magic of Spice said...

Sounds like the life:)