Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Monday, May 31, 2010

Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts

It's official. Eric will attend LSMSA starting this fall, and most likely, until he graduates from high school. He just returned from New Student Orientation weekend. His excitement over his new school has him downright giddy. Eric entertained us with anecdotes and every detail of his fun-filled weekend on the 2-hour drive home.

On a different note, I've been pondering what to do with this blog. I believe it needs a bit of focus and certainly some new life. I remember when we first moved to Lake Charles, three years ago. The family and I were mesmerized by the culture -- new foods, music, language, arts, the festivals, etc. We soaked it up like a sponge those first few months -- our "summer of immersion" -- traveling, exploring, tasting, smelling, seeing. And then we settled in and somewhat forgot that there's still a whole lot out there we haven't experienced. Next weekend, both Eric and Andrew report to McNeese University to attend the Governor's Program. They'll live there on campus for seven weeks. My census job will be finished soon, and I'm facing a summer with a whole lot of free time on my hands. So I've decided to discover and explore a new area, town or destination -- somewhere I've never been before -- at least once a week and blog about my findings. If you have any ideas of fun, interesting, exciting places I might go, I'm quite open to suggestions. If you are very familiar with or live in a noteworthy town and would like to be my tour guide for the day, that would be awesome! For example, I have friends in places like Dry Creek and Breaux Bridge. You know who you are. If anyone would like to accompany me on any of these excursions, you are welcome to come along.

My first such travel post will, naturally, be on Natchitoches, since we were just there, playing tourists, today. Look for this post within the next few days.


Jan Rider Newman said...

You might enjoy Mamou on a Saturday morning at Fred's Lounge.

GerdieMom said...

So proud of both boys. Hope they enjoy their 7 weeks of the Governor's Program. Sounds like it could we an exciting summer for all of you! Any vacations planned? Can't wait to see you in a couple weeks!!

beverly said...

Great idea for you blog spot. I look forward to see where the wonderlust takes you this summer. You will see so many exciting and wonderful places.

Anonymous said...

Also proud of those good looking boys. i am sure they will have a wonderful time.
Your idea for the summer sounds "right up your alley". Can't wait to read the blog.

Shannon said...

One of my goals for our kid-free time is to make it to the zydeco breakfast at Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge.

Have y'all been to Abita Springs and/or Covington? There's a nice bike trail (the Tammany Trace) that runs through those towns and a few others. A few years ago we stayed overnight in Covington, went to Jazz in the Vines at Ponchartrain Vineyards (a nice event, BTW--used to be in summer but I think they are all spring and fall now), and biked over to Abita Springs for a brewery tour and lunch at the brewpub.

Have you been to Avery Island? One of my favorite places.

I'll give this some more thought and let you know if I come up with anything. We're looking for fun day or weekend trips as well, so I I will check to see what other suggestions you get.

Another of my summer ideas was to go to Grand Isle, because I've never been there. Looks like that's not going to work out unless I get some oil spill cleanup training....

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

Shannon, great tips! I've been wanting to ride my bike on Tammany Trace. A brewery tour sounds like fun, though I've yet to drink one of Abita's beers I like. Let me know if you want to get together on a weekend and do something while all four of our kids are at GPGC.

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

And yes, we have been to Avery Island. Beautiful!