I visited my 14th state for the year in my travels for Manuelito Navajo Children's Home. I made a quick venture into Louisiana to make some PR calls in Lake Charles and the vicinity. I once lived in New Orleans (my 1st grade year), but this was my first visit to Louisiana in over 23 years. And, this was my first time in the southwest corner of the state.
Returning to Houston for the night, I headed south out of Lake Charles to the Gulf coast and then along the coast back into Texas at Port Arthur. I saw firsthand the cruel remains of Hurricane Ike's fury. The destructiveness reminded me of the power of nature. But, I was also struck by the beauty of the Louisiana coastal wetlands.