Now, most Louisianians don't wake up on Saturday morning and head for a bayou, a body of water typically found in flat, low-lying areas, that can refer either to an extremely slow-moving stream or river (often with a poorly defined shoreline) or to a marshy lake or wetland. (Wikipedia)
But most all have at one time and many do on a regular basis. Some people have weekend retreats, even second homes along bayous. Others enjoy going crawfishing, fishing or whatever floats a "boat," from motor-driven to a canoe. (When we left our family farm for small town life on a lake, my sister got really good at hugging the shoreline in a canoe.) And those who earn a living from working in the bayou, like people elsewhere, usually want a weekend change of scenery.
Bayou Teche wanders for about 125 miles (near New Orleans and through South Central areas) and is said by many (not just yours truly) to be the most opulent bayou in Louisiana.
Some of the moss-draped oaks along the bayou have a 150 foot reach, a breathtaking sight that calms the soul. Mansions from a by-gone era dot the landscape. More typical are wood-sided homes (and camps) that jut out over the bayou a bit. It's sheer bliss to sit on one of these decks and nibble on crab cakes at sunset. Whatever life's stresses, for a long moment, the bayou soothes the soul.
|Bayou Teche at sunset. (Photo source unknown.)|
|Photo of Bayou Teche taken from a canoe. (Wikipedia)|