If you want to know what a "hard talking Cajun man" is, here he is..... my uncle!! Isn't he cool? After he was finished loading the boat, he made my mother and I put on life-jackets--- and then he took off down the Ouachita River at breakneck speed!! (See the mischevious smile on his face?)
To say the boat ride was fun and exhilerating is a complete understatement--- it was dang well RIP-ROARING EXCITING!!
There's Mother trying to spy her brother's place, nestled deep in the cypress tree groves and the murky river water....
And here are some other people's places we passed along the way....
And then, at last, we arrived at my uncle's place. Although his home is elevated on huge pylons, keeping it safe from the flood waters, all his chicken pens and everything else went under the flood water; thus, he had to re-locate all 80 of his roosters and chickens into temporary cages on his house's porches. (I'll show you more of those pictures later.) Also during the flood, he is boarding his yard dogs with a friend and parking his vehicle in town.
Here's Mother tying the boat to a stake. And I know you're wondering how we got to the house from there.....and it's called "waders". (That wasn't much fun because we were terrified of stumbling, but we made it.... albeit in somewhat undignified lurchings over underwater obstacles and screams of terror that a floating log was really an alligator.... ) (Oh yes, and much cussing....)
Once Mother and I made it safely to the house's 20-foot outside staircase, we ascended to the house and went directly to the back porch so that my uncle and his brother-in-law could unload the boat and pass everything up to us. My uncle only dropped one thing---my duffel bag! But fortunately my yarn wasn't soaked. (I didn't care about my clothes---just my knitting yarn!)