*This post is dedicated to my Cardinal classmates.
A little background history….. I was born in Baton Rouge. We then moved several times growing up due to my father’s profession. We have lived in Mississippi, Wisconsin and all over the state of Louisiana.
When I was 15, we moved twice. We moved from Mississippi to Wisconsin to Gheens, Louisiana. Where is that you ask? Let’s just say there is one road in and one road out. It is located about 45 minutes southeast of Thibodaux, Louisiana. (cue the Amos Moses, please)
My father managed the very large, Golden Ranch sugar-cane plantation and duck-hunt leasing, among other things. It now has a new owner and is posted, as you can see here.
We recently had the opportunity to revisit this place I once called home. My high school classmates and I celebrated our 30th reunion. I wanted to show Rourke this place, while also filling my curiosity.
Due to the no trespassing sign, we were unable to see the house we lived in. We did, however, see all the notorious wildlife, still prevalent today.The town of Gheens is very, very small. It is has one post office and one store. Here’s a little history above…We checked into The Dansereau House for the night. It is a beautiful home in the center of Thibodaux. It is in walking distance of many great restaurants, shops and bars.
We walked down the street to meet friends for dinner at Cinclare. It was well worth the walk!Deliciousness!
The next morning after enjoying coffee on our porch, we checked out. We then headed to see my alma mater, E. D. White, in Thibodaux. I spent a lot of time on this field with track and field and cross country.
We then went to our friends’ very beautiful home to stay with them. We just love spending time with these two and their two precious girls. We just laugh and catch up, while eating good food and drinking good wine. I wished that we lived closer.The inside of this 100 year-old home is just as beautiful as the outside.
We all decided to head into New Orleans for lunch. We headed to the Bayou St. John area.We ate at the adorable, French cafe, Cafe Degas.I just ignored all of the gluten, dairy and calories I was consuming. I wanted to really enjoy myself, and boy did I!!Shrimp and grits that were out of this world for an appetizer. Of course, we sopped up all the roux with French baguettes.I had the steamed mussels and pomme frites.Rourke had the seafood quiche. Our friends had crabmeat salad and seafood crepes.Creme brulee for dessert, of course.Wow! So, so yummy!We then headed across the street to get a charcuterie and wine for a light dinner before heading to the reunion.This place has great wines and cheeses at reasonable prices. We got to try some wines we wouldn’t usually buy at home. You have got to check this place out!We got all dressed up and had a toast to 30 years before heading downtown to The Foundry venue for the reunion.We had a BLAST reuniting with old friends, catching up on everybody’s life. We enjoyed a little dancing and photo ops, too!Hopefully, we won’t all wait five more years to get together again. But, as time has revealed, when we do all get together, we just pick up right where we left off!(I’m in there somewhere, I think?)
Here’s to the class of ’88: it’s still great!