I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve run down the lakefront boardwalk and never knew I had been so close to two actual steel beams from the World Trade Center.
Memorial Point can be seen on the flags hung from the light posts for the stretch of boardwalk surrounding the Lake Charles 9/11 Memorial, and it stands within a wall of concrete and three-thousand colorful mosaic pieces representing the lives lost. In the center is a fountain with the two beams rising from the water, each with a flag attached. It’s beautiful and unreal and sad to be so near to them.
A few feet away, behind protective glass, is a piece of slab made of limestone from the Pentagon. Inscribed are the names of two locals lost that day, Kevin Yokum and L. Russel Keene II.
The memorial is a lovely tribute to those who died that day and the families they left behind. If you’re a local and haven’t visited yet, go. Make it a priority this weekend. If you’re a tourist in the area, add it to your itinerary. It’s a very humbling sight that all need to experience.
Out boat-riding one day with Myron, we came across these beautiful Roseate Spoonbills. They were crawfishing in the swamp between the trees that line the Lacassine Bayou. This one even looks like he’s smiling at the camera!
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I’m obsessed with flowers, so I am always so excited for our annual trip to the Forest Hill Nursery Festival each March. This was our third year going, but the festival is celebrating its 30th year. It’s a fundraiser for the firefighters of Forest Hill and along with all the beautiful nurseries in town there is a carnival, arts and crafts, food vendors, raffles, and much more!
Our first and favorite stop though is always Sam Stokes Nursery at 3347 Highway 112. We seem to always fill the back of my vehicle with vegetable plants and flowers. They have a great selection to choose from including seeds, baskets, fruit trees, rose bushes, and every kind of flower you can think of.
The staff is always very helpful and accommodating. This year I had the pleasure of meeting the owners’ daughter, Dana Stokes Lyles. She was very sweet, and you can see her in the picture ringing up our second round of purchases for the day.
This nursery is beautiful, and they have so much to choose from that I always have a hard time making my mind up. I do try to get something a little different each year, and this year it was daylilies! I couldn’t wait to get home and start filling up my flower pots with this year’s haul of flowers and plants. I even gave a few to my mother who was also excited for the additions to her porch.
Once we left Sam Stokes Nursery, we made a few other stops before wrapping up with buying me a Forest Hill Nursery Festival t-shirt. Then with our car full of plants we headed home. Till next year – can’t wait!!
For more information on the Forest Hill Nursery Festival check out their website, www.louisiananurseryfestival.com. To learn more about Sam Stokes Nursery you cancall 318-748-6732 or visit their Facebook page.
Have you seen five tall and tanned ladies skating around the back-roads of Louisiana? When I heard about States on Skates, a group of roller derby ladies from Colorado skating across eight states in 78 days to raise awareness for domestic, sexual, and child abuse, I thought to myself, ‘if only I could meet them and write a story for the blog.’ The radio announcer from Big 102.1 out of Lafayette mentioned they were in the Rayne area, but I knew it was a long shot that they’d be anywhere around my small-town Louisiana.
Then Myron comes into the kitchen yesterday and started talking about some ladies on the overpass in Jennings on skates. I turned to him and said “that’s the States on Skates ladies!!” I told him what I had heard about them on the radio and that I wanted to meet them. He told me to grab my camera and get in the truck, and off we went to find them!
Just as we got to the main drag in Welsh we spotted them! They were stopped at the gas station cattycorner to Grandma’s Garden. These women are amazing. They were super sweet and full of life. I was so excited to talk and take a few pictures with them. They made my day!
Well enough about me, let’s talk about them. They started their trip on March 5, 2015, in Cocoa Beach Florida, and will skate all the way, all 2800 miles, to Santa Monica, California. This they plan on doing in 78 days!! To keep this pace they have to skate approximately forty miles a day, but I noticed on their Facebook page that today they traveled 56.5 miles yesterday alone!
These skaters are on a mission to raise $50,000 for the Joyful Heart Foundation. It’s a non-profit organization working to empower, heal, and educate survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
On their trip, fellow roller derby teams are meeting up to show their support and skate some miles alongside them. The Louisiana teams included Lafitte’s Ladies, Big Easy Rollergirls, Cajun Rollergirls, and New Orleans Brass Roller Derby.
These ladies are so inspiring, setting aside their everyday lives for a cause they are very passionate about. To donate, just go to StatesonSkates.com. We did! And keep your eyes peeled for them these next couple days as they finish off Louisiana and head into Texas!
Our favorite way to find new and exciting ideas for the blog is to just drive around and see where the city brings us! This is how we discovered the amazing Millennium Statue of Jesus Christ. Once we spotted it through the trees, we had to get a closer look!
The statue is in Bilbo Cemetery on North Lakeshore Drive, situated off to the side of the Lake Promenade. Unfortunately the cemetery itself is rundown and un-kept with long grass and weeds and part of the fence knocked down and even leaning on a tomb, but none of this took away from the beauty of the statue.
It is made of bronze and is fifteen feet tall and is atop an eight foot Labrador green granite base. With a bit of research we discovered the actual name of the statue is “Jesus Christ Our Citizen of the Centuries” and was actually sculpted by a descendant of someone important to Lake Charles and laid to rest in that very cemetery, John Jacob Ryan, Jr., the “Father of Lake Charles!” This artist is Janie Stine Lacroix, and she is from Sulphur.
Bilbo Cemetery and the Millennium Statue are definite must-see spots! We hope that the cemetery will soon be fixed up to match the greatness of the statue itself!