Still, as I walked yesterday and looked up ahead I was struck by how the levee is ‘healing’ itself. The crusty brown sediment is now peppered with little sprigs of green grass. The grass on the side of the levee where it never went under water is steadily spreading downward, creating a flush of green which is hiding the plastic bottles, pieces of foam, small logs.
It’s generally looking less and less trashy. I did notice, also, though, that the concrete tables under the pavilion were helter skelter, knocked off their bases by the current and/or drifting logs. Big logs are stuck on the walkways leading to the floating dock. You’d have to wade to reach the walkways.
So far, only one launch ramp is visible and everyone is using that one – the farthest north. All driveways are usable. There is no launch fee so far.
Since the parking lot is drying out more and more, fishermen are parking all over now and the mud is not a pretty sight. I don’t know what the price of crawfish is right now, but people are catching a fair amount in the spillway, as well as down in the marshes.
Would you believe, I haven’t eaten one single crawfish this entire season! Pitiful! A friend told me she and her husband boiled crabs for Father’s Day so maybe I’ll at least get a taste of those before they’re gone.
The Mississippi Queen, by the way, is getting smaller and smaller. Don’t know why, but the decks are being cut off at one end more than the other. The structure sort of looks like a lopsided Lego block.
We finally got some measurable rain in Belle River. A nice rain – steady, not a drencher. Just what we needed. My sisters in Michigan say they’ve been getting rain and more rain up there. My daughter in Florida has been getting rain. Everybody got rain except us for a long while.
It has not cooled off much. It actually got hot to the point where I think my indoor/outdoor thermometer went a bit crazy, recording temperatures way different than another just a short distance away.
The Purple Martins are still at their houses on the dock. Seems like it’s time for them to leave but apparently not yet. They are not quite as ‘chatty’ as earlier but I expect the heat may affect them also.
I’m finding wild turtles trundling about more often lately and seeing shell fragments next to holes dug by raccoons, I suppose. A friend tells me that the baby turtle business is pretty poor these days, but those with an interest/and/or facilities are raising more exotic varieties which can be sold in the US.
Commodities distribution went well. It usually does but sometimes we have to remind people to come get their boxes and this month everyone was waiting when we arrived. Next distribution is July 28, same times, same places.
Teche News’ Lower St. Martin correspondent, Linda Cooke, can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.