Fontainebleau State Park

We saw lots of deer at Fontainebleau State Park.

I recently spent a three-day vacation in Covington, La., visiting my cousin Stephen (see here) with my parents. The majority of our time was spent at the seminary, although we did take time out to visit Fontainebleau State Park.

The state park is home to the crumbling ruins of a 1829 sugar mill near Mandeville, La. The 2,800-acre park abuts Lake Pontchartrain and is also the home of Bald Eagles (which I unfortunately never saw). It is filled with live oaks with Spanish moss draped across the branches and is absolutely teeming with wildlife — we especially saw an abundance of herons and deer.

I absolutely loved the visit. My only complaint was that I didn’t have enough time to spend at the park. I am hoping one day I’ll be able to go back for a second visit.

Live oaks with Spanish moss.
It was easy to spot the moon in the blue sky above the state park.
A heron flies overhead.
The cabins I hope to stay in one day within the next year.

St. Joseph’s 86th annual bonfire

The bonfire raged all night long.

I’m proud to say that my cousin is in his final year at Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary School in Saint Benedict, La. (which is right outside of Covington, La.). Stephen is the student body president and organized Saint Joseph’s 86th annual bonfire this year. He invited my hometown Knights of Columbus to cook for the event. The KC’s (of which Stephen and, really, all the men in my family are in) said yes and ended up cooking 16 Boston butts to feed the seminarians and their families as well as the attending monks and priests. The bonfire took place after the annual football game between the St. Joseph Seminary Ravens and the Notre Dame Seminary Hunchbacks. Unfortunately, the Hunchbacks won the tough, but fun flag football game. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s 86th annual bonfire”

It’s packing time…

It’s final: I’m visiting Tuscan, Arizona!

The United States with pins marking where I have been.

I’m super excited about my upcoming trip, which will be just a weekend visit as I check out the community and its awe-inspiring sights. Even better news is that it is not my only trip planned — my family is part of a group heading to Covington, La., for an annual cook out for the seminarians. My cousin Stephen is the student body president and has asked the Knights of Columbus in our hometown (who help sponsors him as a seminarian) to cook for the event. Of course, my dad and grandpa are cooking and my mom, grandma and I are showing support (plus it sounds fun). 😀

It will be a great distraction as everything starts to slow down as the holidays approach. Duck season has finally arrived as well as the cold meaning that its almost time for Stuttgart’s annual Wings Over the Prairie festival. It kicks off this Saturday with a pageant and goes throughout the Thanksgiving week. The big events are on next Friday and Saturday — the duck calling contests and, of course, gumbo.