|Predawn departure from Oxbow Anchorage|
|Tied up for a Hurricane|
Lake Charles Louisiana has such a beautiful waterfront. They were damaged by Hurricane Katrina but we saw little sign of it other than the ruins of an old casino on the other side of the lake.
The office is in the Civic Center and we imagine that if we hadn't checked in, nobody would have noticed or cared. The prices are LOW, but then... there is no restroom/shower/laundry/pumpout available. It's just nice floating slips with water/electricity/free wi-fi. Did I say FREE wi-fi!? This is a huge offset against the other shortcomings.
|Lake Charles Veteran's Memorial Park|
As I gazed into the reflecting pool and then out across the sparkling lake, my thoughts went from these Veterans unknown to me, to my own Father who was a Veteran.
He was very private about his Military Service and I know little of it. In retrospect, it seems as if it colored his entire life, and in certain ways, my own. Funny how I had to leave everyday life and experience the chaos of Cruising to really have time to appreciate this.
|9/11 Reflecting Pool|
It is as if touching the cold twisted steel brought my mind to that place like nothing else has.
The beams rise up from the reflecting pool, with stepping stones to walk across.
|Ribbon of Souls|
|Most graves are above ground due to the high water table here.|
|His and Hers. She lived an additional 15 years...|
|Beautiful Bronze Statues|
|So many were worn away and unreadable|
|This one was readable|
Bruce found a socket that he had been searching for, two in fact, at a neat old place, Keith's Pawn Shop
Just LOOK at how warm it is in there... Bruce made the better drink choice, Coffee with Baileys. I had a rum.
The winds gusted outside all evening and through the night... Our lines held us securely and the boat hardly moved.
The next morning, we remained within the warm confines of the boat until mid afternoon when the winds had come down some.
We found the grocery prices in this little market to be SO much less than prices we pay at home in Texas. I'm thinking Texas has been cheating us! I bought some very cheap meat, which we dropped back at the boat and then we headed back out to our dinner destination.
We left there in daylight. We had dinner early to avoid being out after dark in these cold winds. We had one chilly ride back to the boat and spend the rest of our evening here enjoying the wi-fi with a Netflix movie.
We reviewed our plans and found that we would be forced, by weather, to move on in the morning. In order to be in Delcambre by the next cold front, we would have to move on. So we took advantage of our heater as tomorrow would be a far colder night for us.
Our recommendation? Put Lake Charles and the Bord du Lac Marina on your float plan! Enjoy this slide show of all of our Lake Charles Photos!