it's funny how certain images we see in our life "stick" with us forever-
Hwy 603 south of I10 is where we dropped off at least every two weeks to make our way to Patricia Louise (one
)- we had figured out that we were about an hour away from Cat Island from our little fish camp marina - Bay Marina. It had nice finger piers pretty much the length of the boat. The pilings were old- as was the old barn tin roof. Course we were on "the Coast" and couldn't be happier. It was a great little week-end party place, though we never cared for too much interaction.
I remember the ships store/ fishing tackle and necessities was on top of an outside bar. Pretty good vibe- and the Corp was scheduled to deepen the canal through the marsh that served a few commercial shrimpers and our little marina.
Prior to moving from the North Shore I had asked the owner of the marina what folks on "the Coast" did when a hurricane came. Lucky us- we WERE the hurricane hole....
The image that sticks most in my mind happened on August 31, 2005.
Katrina hit our Coast on 8/29 and Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas had been slammed- lights out every where. Chainsaws and generators running in the back ground. Limited cell service. No cable. Hot (August in Louisiana !). Everything dark at night and the only news we had gotten to date was that the lower ninth ward was flooded and people were on rooftops. And the embarrassment called the Superdome and what was happening there. Oh and the interstates were closed.
So of course Patricia insisted we go check on our boat only two days after the storm
Heading south down 603 was a Harley (I can never tell models apart) sitting on the side of the road, on the kick stand. Brown puddin' mud covered it as well as everything in sight. There was a mattress up in the power lines. And here sat this motorcycle. It had a milk carton with a big water jug tucked into as well. I pondered
an explanation... The poor guy is racing north on 603 a hairs breath in front of an 18' storm surge... He runs out of gas. No- that can't be it. Where is he????
When we passed through later on the way home some guys were trying to drag it into a back of the van. Was this the owner with some friend dragging it into the back doors of an old van?? Probably not...
1983 Present 42 Sundeck
Twin Lehman 135's