Headed down south (actually north) to the land of the pines…

7 04 2013

This past October for Brittany’s birthday we went to the McGehee family’s camp in Tallulah, Louisiana for some south Louisiana fun. We were joined by her parents, her brother Andrew, and some of his friends for a 4-wheelin’, star gazin’, deer spottin’, bear huntin’, bingo playin’, trail walkin’ kind of weekend. It was wonderful and Spring Bayou (pronounced “by-o” if you want to blend in as a S.B. native) was beautiful as usual.

I’ve only gotten to visit Spring Bayou a few times since I’ve been living with Brittany, but it already feels a little like home. I can definitely appreciate the love the McGehees and Brittany have for that place, it’s amazing to see the legacy their Grandfather has given their whole family.


Brittany and I scoping out the deer stand that was knocked over by a recent storm, with the help of a Pine. And checking out where the bears had been scratching their claws on the stand’s legs.


Brittany in her element


Soy harvest was happening the same weekend we were there. It was neat to see the combines in action, and to see the soy au natural, or outside of an edamame dish. The McGehees lease the farm land out to a local farmer to keep the fields active. The last time we were here these fields were just starting to sprout and were so green!


Rachel, post hike, in fields of gold… (cue synthesizers and Sting)


Obligatory walking into the distance, our-behinds-look-small-at-least shot.


Rachel prepping to take the 4-wheelers out to find the elusive giant cypress. It was pretty elusive and we’ll have to give it another go next time we’re there.


Riding with Dr. David to check the cameras at the salt licks for bear sightings.


We played an amazing, amazing game (games) of bingo with everyone at Spring Bayou one of the nights. It was so much fun and the competition was fierce! Thanks Ms. Michelle for the exciting time and wonderful prizes (and for being our “caller”)!


We celebrated Brittany’s birthday that same night with ice-cream and cupcakes.


The family representatives for the weekend: Ms. Michelle, Brittany, Andrew, and Dr. David. What a wonderful group of people!


An early bear scouting expedition. Unsuccessful, but still a good time.