June 15, 2011
Plaquemines Parish,

Posted by: Ryan
11:00PM -- 06.17.2011

Following the Mississippi River to the end of the world.

We drove south out of New Orleans with the Mississippi on our left and the Gulf of Mexico on our right.

It was mostly oil or seafood-related stuff the whole way down.

We passed Yoda’s shrimp shack.

The river had conspired to keep us from our destination.

We saw a few pickup trucks go by but didn’t think we could risk it in the big sedan.

So we looked around.

There were cool birds everywhere.

After some time and much discussion we decided to go for it.

It was super nerve-wracking.

There was a moderate amount of yelling.

But it was also really exciting and fun.

And we made it.

The rainy spring upriver swelled the lower reaches like crazy. This country would normally be dry land.

And then there was more.

Waaaaay more.

This is not a view I plan to see again through a windshield.

Finally we arrived in Venice, Louisiana, also known as “the end of the world.” This is basically where Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

Not too many Toyota Avalons make the trip.

My Dad worked offshore near here back in the 70s. On an oilrig.

It’s also the self-proclaimed “fishing capitol of the world.”

These guys had a pretty impressive haul.

They spent the better part of an hour pegging their catch for a photo op.

Not bad for a day’s work.