Boothville-Venice High, built on 14 feet high stilts.
Today, the family and I went down Highway 23 to Venice, Louisiana. Actually, we went down 23 until the road didn't exist any more. This is the mouth of the Mississippi, where the might of New Orleans and Louisiana is based.
This is the end of Louisiana (note double entendre).
A friend of mine said there were 2 reasons to live there: either you work for the oil industry, or you fish. Otherwise, you get out. He also said that Port Sulphur, upriver a ways, was a nice enough place, but Venice was there for oil.
Whatever restaurants used to be around Venice are gone. Pretty much all of Venice and Buras are gone, with the exception of things related to oil and fishing. Plaquemines parish had a direct hit from Katrina.
Believe it or not, Plaquemines has some wonderful citrus groves. I saw grapefruits (Ray should check it out) and some beautiful oranges. We picked up a bag of oranges, and they're sweeter than anything in Florida.
Next weekend is the Plaquemines Parish orange festival. Check it out.
Enjoy Plaquemines while you can. In their quest to be gods, the Bush administration has decided that they will not request money to rebuild the levees in Plaquemines. In fact, the USACE has floated the idea of re-routing the Mississippi river, thus laying Plaquemines to fallow.
The current administration has decided that these people and their lands are not worth saving. Like I said this past summer, what's the difference between Louisiana and Hiroshima?
Japan rebuilt Hiroshima.