When the best friend comes to visit during the worst rain and flooding in over 25 years, you have to get a little creative. Like with a Cajun themed scavenger hunt.
We actually lucked out with the weather cooperating for all of the outdoor activities that I had planned. I assume this is due to our gracious sacrifice to the weather gods: our (semi-expensive) rain jackets. In reality, they were taken (or lost) during our only night out on the town.
We started the visit with a true Louisiana tradition: a crawfish boil. We ventured out to our apartment pool area, spread newspaper across the table, dumped the goods and feasted under the covered patio. We washed down the heavily seasoned meal with an all too-sweet daiquiri. The drive-thru kind. True life: it’s only an open container if you remove the tape.
Next up was a little music and makers fair at our local coffee shop – our own version of SXS
W Highland. Followed by a true Cajun meal at our favorite local (and dog friendly!) spot: Marilynn’s Place. Shay was able to sample seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee and red beans and rice … all in the most remarkable of settings, a renovated gas station. We closed the day with the aforementioned “lost” night out.
To continue our Tour of Cajun Gluttony we sampled Nola style beignets and coffee (and biscuits and gravy) Sunday morning before attempting to burn off some calories with a “hike” at our local trail. Growing up in Alaska will ruin your expectation of all future outdoor activities – I use the term “hike” loosely because the lack of change in elevation feels more like a “walk” to me.
As you can see by the temporary lake covering the parking lot behind us, the attempt at exercising was short-lived. Not ones to complain, we headed back to the apartment, dragged Shay’s air mattress to the living room and tried to squeeze in as much BFF veg time as possible before her upcoming adventure to Dublin.
That’s right, this gal is moving to Ireland for a year and will be tracking her travels on a soon-to-be-developed blog: www.apintfortwo.com – make note of the URL for what is sure to be a journey you want to follow. By the time she is back, we will very likely have moved on from Shreveport to our next adventure (TBD on the location) so I am glad she got a small glimpse of what Louisiana has to offer. Read: a lot of food and rain.