Archive for October, 2012

Sabine Pass BattleGround

October 31, 2012  |  General  |  Comments Off on Sabine Pass BattleGround

on the way back from Sea Rim I took a right turn for a last stop on this grand adventure.. this took me out to where Texas meets Louisiana and the Sabine Pass..big battle here back for Texas independence.. and it since has been a strategic hub all the way through WWII.

 

 

Right on the Channel for Boats

 

The Grounds

 

The Bunker..note the bullet holes

 

Sea Rim St Park

October 30, 2012  |  General  |  Comments Off on Sea Rim St Park

Sea Rim is still a state park, but not much is there… Hurricane Ike pretty much wiped it off the map.. today some super structures are still visible, but there are no real facilities.. but a nice beach camping spot. The real sweetness is the remote nature of the park. It hides at the end of TX HWY 73 which no longer goes all the way through to the Bolivar peninsula. So to come here.. you have to really be going here.. no one just drives by..

 

The Bench made it..

 

Replaced sign

 

Ruins of the office area?

 

a Rebuilt research station

 

Maybe an old dock? I wouldn’t swim in there.. to many Gators

 

The Channel

Sabine National wildlife refuge

October 29, 2012  |  General, Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Sabine National wildlife refuge

The Rain continued for me and I traveled down the west side of the Creole Nature trail. I checked out the Sabine national wildlife refuge, but did not see to much due to the weather. Some unfixed hurricane damage..

 

The pretty large Lake Clacasieu way off in the distance

 

Intercostal waterway

 

The Sabine is a wide expanse of flat open marshes

 

Wide open spaces

 

Gator country

 

unFixed Hurricane damage

Mechanical things

October 26, 2012  |  General  |  Comments Off on Mechanical things

Saw this crossing the shipping channel on the ferry in cameron

Patton tank in a public space in Lake Charles

 

On the shore of Lake Charles

 

 

Also on Display in a Mini War memorial park

 

Chemical Barge on the River

 

Bridge over the Internal shipping channel

Along the Beach

October 25, 2012  |  General, Outdoors  |  2 Comments

I was at a pretty remote beach area, with out your typical day visitors. Although on the weekend I imagine the folks from Cameron or Lake Charles might come out somewhere along here.. I drove along the beach for about 20 miles or so before hopping back up on a side road. Here some views of the beach.. and commercial fishing.. or Shrimping..

The Beach

 

Rules of the road..er ah.. Beach

 

 

Commercial Shrimping

 

Industrial shoreline

 

Fisherman

Road End

October 24, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Road End

The Road ends at the Gulf of Mexico.. Not much there.. you can drive on the beach if you would like.. a few Pelicans..and everywhere signs of Industry..

 

Roads End

 

 

 

Gas exploration?

 

House, Ready for the next Hurricane?

 

Pelicans

 

What Happens on this off shore rig?

 

Industrial Gulf

October 23, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Industrial Gulf

After the Cameron Parish Wildlife refuge, I Made my way down to the Gulf Of Mexico. In these remote areas of SW Louisiana the Gulf is an Industrial place with Gravel beds, Gas imports and exports…it is a big contrast to the beauty of the refuge.

Bridges are the only way around in this giant swamp

 

Gravel operations in view of the refuge

 

The Edge of the refuge..a heron perches on the pipeline indicator

 

The Gulf is stirred up on a bit of a stormy day

 

Off Shore rig..

Marsh areas

October 22, 2012  |  Close Ups, Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Marsh areas

It rained hard in the Louisiana swamps… tough on my gear.. easy day for the Gators..

Rains hit hard

 

close up

 

 

Cameron Wildlife Refuge

Variety

October 16, 2012  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Variety

Such a Variety here…Ibis..Roseate Spoonbills..Heron..and the first Gator in the wild on this trip.. he is CLOSE by..and basically scrambled out of the tall grass next to the trail I am on into the channel.. and then it started to rain…

 

Roseate Spoon bills hanging out in the rain

 

Great Blue Heron

 

Crane

 

Ibis

 

Gator! note the swirl up close..

 

Thankfully he moved off

Birds on the Boardwalk

October 15, 2012  |  Birds  |  1 Comment

I saw a lot of birds some I know.. others I still need to look up..

Avocet..Or black necked stilt

 

Green Heron

 

Ibis most likely

 

Green Heron

 

not to sure.. Night Heron maybe

 

Roseate Spoonbill