Friday, April 6, 2018

Trip to Gros Place Marina, Four Mile Bayou, Lake Verette, Louisiana Feb 26- 28, 2016

   Friday Feb 26, 2016
We hadn't been out in the boat for a good while so we decided to take a short trip up to Gros Place for the weekend. It is on Four Mile Bayou on the south end of Lake Verette. We left the home slip at 9:30 on a cool clear Friday morning. On the Intracoastal Waterway there was a slight current against us but not enough to cause any problems. We passed by Bay Wallace at 11:45, in Bayou Bouef at the RR Bridge near Amelia we had to wait about 45 min. for an Amtrack train to pass. At 1:55 the bridge opened for us and we continued up the Bayou. At 3:20 we arrived at the Stevenville bridge which opened after a short wait. At 4:45 PM we arrived at Gros Place, in the winter months it is a quiet area but during the summer on weekends it is buzzing with boat traffic there is often a Cajun Band playing BBQ'ing and all sorts of festivities going on. It is sometimes hard to find a place to tie up there in the summer.
Approx 48 miles today
                     Gumbo at Gros Marina Dock
                      Gros Marina in warm weather this area is usually full of Pontoon and Runabout boats
    Note the Spanish Moss on the trees, it is a beautiful place.

Saturday Feb 27, 2016
  Long time friends David and Julie Sagona have a beautiful camp near the marina and had invited us over for lunch there. David picked up about 11 am we had a very nice lunch and time with them and their Family, then David brought us back to the boat about 3 PM. That night the sky was clear and with little "light pollution" in the area the stars were beautiful.

Sunday Feb. 28, 2016
  We got underway at 8 Am Partly cloudy with light breeze, we saw several Bald Eagles along the way.  We had no long waits at either of the bridges so made it back to our slip in Houma at 2 PM.
It was a very nice trip.
Approx. 48 Miles today
 Some of the beautiful Cypress Trees along the way
One of several Bald Eagles we spotted

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