|Jungle Gardens at Avery Island|
On one of the last cool weekends before summer, we jumped in the car to visit Avery Island, home to Tabasco as well as the beautiful oasis, Jungle Gardens. On previous trips, we always took I-10 from New Orleans to Breaux Bridge and then headed south. This time, however, we made our way along the southern route, traveling Highway 90 through Morgan City, Patterson and Franklin before reaching our destination.
|Atchafalaya River as seen from Morgan City|
|Southwest Reef Lighthouse|
The floodwall gave us a great view of the river, and the three bridges spanning across it--one for trains and the other two for cars. One of them, the Long-Allen Bridge, boasted a pier resting on one of the deepest foundations in the world (176 feet below low water stage) when it was built in 1933. Across the river, a bright red lighthouse stared back at us. Known as Southwest Reef, the lighthouse was built in 1858 and relocated in 1987 from the Atchafalaya Bay to a park in Berwick.
|Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum|
On one side of the museum, brightly colored airplanes are scattered about both the floor and ceiling. In 1928, pilot Jimmie Wedell and oilman and timber baron Harry Williams joined forces to design aircrafts in Patterson that were faster than the competition. At the announcement of the movie, we all grabbed a seat and waited for the multiple screens to lower across the room. The kids were wide-eyed as planes raced from screen to screen and simulated wind blew in our faces. Wedell and Williams were daredevils of their time who used their fearless talents to revolutionize the aviation industry.
|The fascinating crawfish home in front of the museum|
|Franklin's Historic District|
|Tabasco Factory at Avery Island|
|Snowy Egrets at Jungle Gardens|
|Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge|
|Live oaks at Avery Island's Jungle Gardens|