This is a short local run to check out a new camera and see whats happening along the Louisiana coast. Leaving Jennings, La. About 11:AM, me and the Bandit headed West on US 90. One of my favorite ways to avoid NASCAR I 10. ;-). Mainly just farmland with a few towns to go through. Didnt see much activity in the Crawfish farms, but some are getting the fields ready for planting rice. Water leveling, plowing, etc. Wasnt able to get pics of that due to a bit of traffic at the wrong time. If a person were to turn North here on US 165, it would lead them to the Gambling Casinos near Kinder, La. Not my style of living but is to many. I continued on West to the West side of Iowa, La. And took a long straight road headed South through more isolated farmlands. Was not a whole lot happening on this stretch of road. Light wind from the East, Cruising at about 55 to 60 and chilling. Just checking out the office to see if all was good. It was good. Not much happening in the way of scenery and headed to the LA 14 junction which heads for Lake Charles, La. But, at Holmwood, La which is a store/bar/etc, LA 27 starts on its East side loop headed South. Headed South on LA 27 we soon get to the Cameron Prairie Refuge where all the birds have a place to stay without getting shot at. Plus the other animals and fish and birds that live in this Prairie Marshland. Really vast and flat. If you look really good in the next picture, you can see a South Louisiana Mountain. ;-) Nawww, really , its the Gibbstown Bridge over the Intracoastal Canal. Inland water way for mainly barges and boats. Not any large ships. And a few pictures of the marshlands while crossing the bridge. Here is a pic of one of the many hunting camps about this area. Most belong to clubs and duck and goose hunting is their main thing. There are still a few of these homes which floated up from the South during Rita. Still have not been torn down yet. In fact, still have other stuff in the marsh from both Rita and later Ike. Right after Rita, there were some homes like this on the road that had to be torn down and moved for highway access down to the gulf to restore power. Crossroads again. 82/27 takes off to the West towards Cameron here at Creole. LA 82 used to just stay along the beach but at sometime back, it was moved up higher. Probably lots easier to maintain it up here than along the beach. All this has some heavy truck traffic at times since its an outlet to the gulf for the oil/gas industry. And, a bit of fishing / shrimping. Still trash and not reopened places here since Ikes visit. We never were even close to recovering from Rita when Ike came along. This place opened a few months back after rebuilding again after Ike. With some neat murals painted on the fence. Probably a biker hangout / stop on weekends. But, I do most of my roaming down here on weekdays when most are working. The fruits of being retired. A large flock of pelicans that Bandit scared up. Most all these pictures are on the fly so quality is not going to be great. Or, frameing. Ha ha ha. How do U frame looking over the top of the camera and just shooting the pic and hoping for the best. I take the little road south to Rutherford Beach. A few months back, after Ike, I came by here and there was nothing but the posts where some cabins used to be. Only good thing about a hurricane is that it takes all the trash off the beach and moves it way inland. This is one of two cabins being completed there. Strict rebuild codes if you want to get high dollar insurance now. Most people just come out with their campers and drag them back home after the weekend. This next one is the Air Logistic Helicopter Base a few miles down the road. There are 3 heli bases in the Cameron area serving the oil/gas industry of the western gulf. Texas offshore is considered the Far Western Gulf and is served from bases out in that direction as is the Central and Easter Gulf regions. A graveyard next to the highway before getting to Cameron. You can see the newly placed graves. Lots of them floated out of the ground during Rita and again for Ike. Then we have some of the homes that were destroyed by Ike. Many felt that with near 40 years between 1957s Hurricane Audry and Rita that they were done with one for a long time. Then along came Ike and took out what they rebuilt. I have friends that left this area after Rita and many more after Ike. Heck, a few more serious ones and Ill be looking at Arkansas really close. That said with me being a good 45 or 50 miles, as the crow flies, from the gulf. This picture repeats itself all along the Louisiana coast from Intracoastal City to Sabine Pass. Ill do some more my next trip. If anyone that wants to be come an architect and design hurricane proof buildings, they need to come study the Cameron courthouse. This building has withstood all of them with no more than some flood damage on the lower floors. I have not been in this building since 1961. Something about speeding, loud mufflers and disturbing the peace at Holly Beach at 2AM in the morning on my 59 Triumph ? After bail, they would not give me a ride back to my bike in the Sheriffs storage at Holly Beach. I had to walk to the ferry before getting a ride to my bike. Sigh! IN the background, you can see all the yards and boats catering to the fishing/oilfield industries. Trapping used to be a big thing in Cameron and they still have the Fur Festable . Well that concludes this segment. I was going to run to Holly Beach and beyond but when I got to the ferry , it was just getting to the other side. So, that met about 30 to 45 mins waiting time. Not today. Was a great riding day with temps in the high 60s to low 70s , mostly cloudy with a slightly cool East wind. Ill just put it on hold here till my next trip down there and run it to Sabine Pass.