Inn on the Bayou
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We kept driving along the Gulf, then turned north. We entered the Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge and stopped at the info center. The center was closed, but we walked along an elevated path over a man-made swamp (it didn’t look it), which is home to lots of swamp species. We looked at beautiful marsh grasses, saw fish, and—woohoo!—spotted a small alligator swimming slowly along. We along spotted two swimming ...
... chilling and watching TV. Gabi and I watched a couple of zydeco dance videos on youtube and practiced a bit. Then it was time to start on dinner—the much anticipated jambalaya!
Randy had cooked us his jambalaya last year, and we LOVED it, and now we really wanted to learn how to cook it ourselves. Randy told Gabi what to do, and Gabi did it. I took photos and wrote all the steps down. I also ...
... corn flour!!!
We ate fried ALLIGATOR (surprisingly yummy!), FROG LEGS (too fishy for me), fried catfish (delish!), and grilled fish (delish!), in addition to excellent french fries, super-buttery broccoli, and a little green salad.
Randy talked to the owner, who he knows, and got him to let us go around and check out the back of the restaurant. We met a couple of the chefs, stepped inside the big seafood ...
... time and every lane into San Antonio was at a standstill. The by pass was busy and before I got to I 10, it was a two lane road again under construction. The ride to Houston was pretty boring and warm, just the way I like it. Then I smartly took a break just before taking on Houston and it's I10. This was my reward for skipping the nature route, five lanes wide with an additional three HOV lanes. Every one of them was a fast lane, none were ...
... bearing down from all sides is very intimidating. If I leave space for comfort, cars invariably cut through the group. the group passed the location I stopped at so I ended up behind them. after Houston, I took a detour by Winnie based on a recommendation from someone at a gas station and a review of the maps.