Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ship Faced Sunday #1

When I first moved to Baton Rouge I became instantly fascinated with its cajun culture.  Maybe it was the encouraged cocktail at a luncheon during one of my first days on the job or the weekend trip to the local VFW to learn how to Jitterbug.  It was a rich and desired culture that spoke to me in ways that only this beautiful place could... work hard, play harder.   This motto, paired with my love for the water encouraged my first major purchase, a boat subsequently named Ship Faced.   Looking back on it, the name certainly radiates post college adolescence but the good times had on the boat have fully lived up to its name.

This weekend marked the first voyage of a summer tradition, Ship Faced Sundays.  Each Sunday in the summer my friends are invited to venture the waterways of Lake Maurepas.  Located about 30 miles south of Baton Rouge, the lake is fed by three rivers and leads out to Lake Pontchartrain and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.  We begin our trip on the Diversion Canal, onto the Amite River and out to the west side sand (mud) bar,  continue across the Lake to the Ticfaw River.  In each of these rivers we make stop at unique bars such as Canal Bank, Pier 13, Blind River Bar, Tin Lizzys, and the Prop Stop. It wouldn't be out of the norm to share a beer with one of the cast members of Swamp People (as I did last summer) or see alligators lurking in the lily pads.  Some of the bars are built in the midst of massive cyprus trees and can only be accessed by water.  The Prop Stop is so busy during peak season that if you don't arrive early you'll have to anchor in river and wait for a river taxi.  The Prop Stop made famous the specialty drink of choice on the river known as, The Worm Bucket.   The drink begins with a flavorful gummy worm, served over cubelet style ice (Sonic Ice as its called in the South) in styrofoam worm buckets made with a mixture of Sprite, Grenadine, Pineapple juice and Rum.

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