Betty's RV Park
We were all set to spend a week at Palmetto Island State Park in Abbeville when we decided to stay a couple of nights at Betty's RV Park. It seems to be "The Place To Go" when in Abbeville if you are an RVer. She is a very nice lady and we were able to get in even though she is usually booked a year in advance. There are only about 20 spots that are very close together around her house. It's one of those places that is known for the eclectic atmosphere and her daily happy hours and get togethers with potlucks. She has quite the following and people come back yearly. It's more geared for the over 65 crowd. For us, it wasn't the kind of place we normally enjoy. We had a nice enough time and met some nice people, but we probably wouldn't return.
|Myself & Betty|
We have some family friends that live in and around Abbeville. One night we had dinner with Angie & Bobby at their beautiful new home. Angie made us her special Sausage & Chicken Gumbo which she served over rice and a creamy potato salad. It was delicious!! She went out of her way to make sure we could sample as much of the area specialties as possible. She also picked up some Boudin (pronounced boo-DAN) and Boudin balls which are rolled in bread crumb and deep fried. DEE-lish! King Cake sliced for desert. We'd not had it before or even heard of it.
Originally, king cakes were a simple ring of dough without much decoration. Today they are much more festive. The dough is braided and baked and the "baby" is inserted. The top of the ring or oval cake is then covered with sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Inside every king cake is a tiny baby, usually plastic. The person who receives the slice of cake with the baby is supposed to bring the King Cake to the next party.
Bobby, Angie, Me & Steve King Cake
June made Etouffee (eh-too-fay) with crayfish, another great dish.
The food of this area is one we were excited to try and having friends make homemade meals for us was the best way to try them!
Geez, I can't pronounce any of the names around here! We also went to AYE-bare, not Herbert. Great meat market. We bought some stuffed chickens, gumbo, more boudin balls and turtle soup for the freezer!
Palmetto Island State Park
|This is the screened in porch attached to the laundry room & bathrooms.|
Another great thing about this park is that Jim & Barb of Jim & Barbs RV Adventure were there too. We've followed each others blogs and made plans to meet up while we were headed West and they were headed East. We also got to meet the adorable Daisy. Hurley was happy to have a friend.
|I don't think they wanted their pictures taken.|
We had a great meal at the Blue Dog Café in Lafayette on our way to a Swamp Boat Tour.
Crab Cakes and Andouille was very tasty. All decorated for Mardi Gras.
|Champagne's Swamp Boat Tours|
We were told that this type of pink algae only grows on the north side of cypress trees.
|An alligator nest.|
|I like the tiny plants that grow on top of the swamp waters.|
Steve was working so Hurley and I went kayaking in the canals and lakes at the campground with Jim & Barb. We saw lots of birds and a couple of alligators. Thanks to Barb for the next 3 pictures.
One night we went out for raw oysters. This was a first for Barb & Jim. Can you tell??
|We can do this!|
|That was yummy! Can we have more?|
They were great sports! We had so much fun talking a talking that we were the last ones in the place!
That wasn't the last of the foodfest though. Jim, Barb, Randy, June, Steve & I went to Richards (pronounced REE-shards) to have the feast of all feasts. A crawfish (don't call them crawdads!) boil. Besides several pounds of crawfish, there were potatoes, corn, frog legs and shrimp. The best yet! People come from all around to eat here. The place was packed!
|Our wonderful friends, June & Randy.|
|Barb being brave sucking the brains out of the crawfish head. I tried|
it after her. We both though it tasted spicy.
|Here's the crew shucking the oysters for hungry customers!|
The bread pudding was amazing. It was served in a vanilla rum sauce. SO good. We forgot to take a picture of it when it first came out. Next thing we knew it was gone. Again, for the third time, we had so much fun talking about hunting, fishing, being on the road, etc, that we closed the place down!
We are going to have to step up our hiking and biking after this fantastic food marathon!