I’m kind of glad because my sister and brother-in-law from Michigan will be here for a few days and I know my sister does not do well in the heat. So this will be perfect for them. We’re taking a boat tour into the Atchafalaya Basin on one day. Dean Wilson, a basinkeeper from Bayou Sorrel, gives guided tours and knows lots about the spillway.
A big fisherman told me this morning that the price for crawfish to the fisherman went down to 75 cents right after Easter, now back up to 85 cents, and he guesses it will increase to $1. He uses four-foot traps now but suspects that six-foot traps will be needed soon to avoid dying crawfish. Six foot traps are a real headache to handle, he said, and I can imagine they would be.
Apparently not long before Easter, crawfish were dying in the traps for lack of current, but then we had that rain and south winds bringing the water level up.
The Belle River recreation site is looking good. I check every day, sometimes several times depending on my trips to Morgan City. This past week the levee and trail closest to Belle River was raised per instructions so it will hopefully be above the river level even when high. The other side (across the middle driveway for trucks and equipment) remains at a lower level. I believe that will also be raised.
Stephensville recreation site also looks great. Two picnic pavilions, the ballpark backstop poles, walking trail, playground equipment. Not sure what comes next.
I have learned that all the cattle appearing around here belong to several people, actually three different ones, but all have some connection to the Settoon companies. And the animals appear to have been mostly pregnant at acquisition because there are lots and lots of little cows or calves dashing about. I presume the owners are banking that the price of beef doesn’t fall!
We bought two calves once, many years ago, which we planned to butcher for meat later, but made the huge mistake of letting our daughters give them names and there was no way on earth we were able to eat them.
The Teche News’ Lower St. Martin correspondent, Linda Cooke, can be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com.