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Mrs. Coach and Crew visit the Bayou! — 24 Comments

    • I was so busy having fun, I’m not sure I took very many! BUT, they had a couple cameras snapping, so I will have to wait for her to get home and send them to me.

  1. Ok not buying that story but ok. More rain this week, every time I take my socks off I check for webbing. Warm rain tonight very rare up here.

    • The whole story is, my back went out Thursday and I have not been myself. You know personally how back pain can consume you. I was doing good just to be in the boat . . . my creative photography skills were not flowing, suffice it to say. But I will post pics as soon as I can.

  2. Blufloyd, if you were down here, you would be pouring some type of oil or moisturizer on your feet!! My skin looks like a half scaled fish!! It is HOT and HOTTER! At least we are not being inundated with flood water like those poor folks in N.D.

    Looking forward to those photos BW and Mrs. Coach!

  3. Ok that is bad news mine has been knotted and spasmed off and on since the 99 deg days back a couple weeks. Jambalaya on stove.
    I didn’t get a bite catfishing.

    • Blu, try some pickle juice or banana’s for those crams, that’s what college trainers use during track season.

      Pickle juice is palatable vinegar which helps with the muscle nerve conductivity. Banana’s are large on potassium.

      What have ya got to lose but the crams?

  4. I felt so bad for you! Your back was really giving you problems. I will be back to leave a longer comment as soon as I’ve adjusted to the “truck lag”. We had so much fun! I think Jason is already looking at the school calendar to pick a time to come back. We are getting ready to boil up the rest of the crab for dinner. I just noticed today we both had on pink hats and turquoise shirts! Turtle was so tired from his week of travels that I think he slept most of the way home.

    Just wondering….how many of the tours end with someone else swabbing down the boat deck for you? I loved every minute of the time there and will gladly clean the boat deck to do it again!

    • Nobody from a tour has swabbed the deck for me, and I sure did appreciate it! When friends go fishing with me, they help clean the boat when we get back, though!

  5. Everybody notice how BW didn’t say HOW she hurt her back. BW, you’re not fooling us. We know you hurt it trying to get back in the boat after that wade fishing trip. LOL! Seriously, sorry the back is out. I’m glad y’all were able to meet and have a good time. Mrs. Coach (and family)…come back soon. There is a lot of Louisiana to experience.

    • No, Steph, it wasn’t that. It just sneaked up and pinched me Thursday morning for no apparent reason. It’s finally getting better, though, and I am so glad.

      • Really sorry to hear about the back. That’s just the worst. I had a go-around with mine some years ago – actually had a stress fracture in my lower spine. The dr said it most likely was genetic. BUT it was the sort of thing that could be cured with exercises, and it was.

        I need to get a little weight off now, just to be sweet to my bones! LOL

  6. Ya’ll need a couple back exercises?

    Planks. No not that silly internet thing. A pushup on your elbows held as long as you can stand it. Really tightens the ‘core’.

    Not sure of name but flat on back raise knees so feets flat on floor now push the lower unit aka butt off floor and hold till I post to stop.

    Bike riding helps too.

    Nice looking group. I had visions of older and well older….

    Been converting burrito tostado things into pizza. More tweaking tomorrow.

  7. BW, sorry about that back problem. Been there, done that and frequently go back. UGH But, a slant board I found at a garage sale works miracles. So do the exercises Blu suggested.

    Mrs. Coach, you have a lovely family and I could tell you were all having a wonderful time. I would love to spend a weekend at the camp but, can’t travel but a few miles right now. What part of OK do you hail from? My mom is from Talahani or is it Talihani? Any way she is from that direction and we spent a lot of summers up there.

    Really enjoyed the photos. Thanks for sharing them.

  8. Cammy- we are from NE Ok, a little town called Afton. Talihina is a 2 hours or so south. I lived there for a few years growing up.

    • MrsCoach, I’ve been through Afton more times than I can count! Mom used to live outside KC, and my aunt and some cousins are still there. When I’d drive from Houston I liked taking 69 up to Afton where I’d pick up 44 over to Joplin.

      No wonder your kids “know fishing”. Spend much time at those lakes?

      Wonderful pics. I know you had a terrific time. I’m going to ask a friend who moved to the Lawton area if she’s had those tacos yet!

      • Wow! It is a small world, is it not? Pretty amazing! And I’ll answer for her . . . . they fish Grand Lake. Her son’s fishing skills were quite impressive. They were just a joy to have on board!

        • I have so many things I want to say so forgive me for the novel this comment may end up being.

          We came to Bayou Dularge as tourists and strangers to the Billiot family and left feeling like locals and family. It is now my goal to become a regular at Schmoopy’s! The hopsitality shown to us was above and beyond the job of hostess and guide. If you haven’t had the Captain Wendy treatment I suggest you make your reservation and get down there.

          I grew up on Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees fishing with my Grandfather, it’s not really my thing as an adult, it’s just not the same without him now. I took some pictures and enjoyed the scenery as long as I could before I picked up the fishing rod Wendy offered me. I couldn’t put it down! It could have been that I was skunking the boys with my fishing skills. My first fish was a croaker, it had pink on it. That’s all it took, I was all for the fishing. Then we went crabbing, that my friends, was a blast! I could literally do that all day. The kids had such a good time fishing but seeing them shout “I have one” over and over again while bringing up the crab was trully a memory this mama will hold onto forever. “Red” as Wendy called him even had a good time. She was so patient with him and he had a really busy week before we got on the water so his attention span wasn’t the best. Wendy explained everything any of us asked and gave suggestions and tips to ensure everyone got the most out of the time we spent on the water. Termite was just as knowledgeable as his mother and was so sweet to the kids and to us adults as he tried to quietly blend in. We wouldn’t have any of that, we are used to teenage boys around our house so we wanted to him to be part of the group and have as much fun as we were. It just wouldn’t be a normal day for us if there weren’t other kids involved.

          Thursday we went to New Orleans to tour the French Quarter, it was a great experience and the kids can say they have been but we were all wishing we were back at Camp Dularge fishing or exploring so our day trip ended early and we headed back. You know your having a good time when New Orleans can’t keep your attention!

          Friday nights dinner was a lot of fun for us, we got to sit and visit with our new friends. Termite boiled up crab for us with Jason watching closely so he could repeat the process at home. I’m sure it was a change for the Coach to be coached but Termite did a great job. I wish we had stayed for his games on Saturday morning but it would have made a long day on the road even longer. I was so honored to make Indian tacos for them and let them enjoy something out of the norm just as we had done all week.

          If you know Wendy or have read this blog for very long you know how powerful this next statement is—–she let me have free reign of her fig tree!!!!! I was the only one of our group who really enjoyed the fresh, just picked, figs but that’s ok, I ate enough for everyone! I brought about 10 home in a ziploc and am savoring a couple each day just to make the experience last.

          I can’t say enough how thankful we are to Wendy and family and to the other people we met at Bayou Dularge who were so friendly and welcoming. The whole trip was one to be remembered and talked about for many, many years to come and I hope that we will be back on the bayou soon. After all, I have a red to settle a score with!

          p.s. Bryce told Wendy she could use the photo of him and his fish if she put “Bryce the Magnificent caught this drum”. So now you know….Bryce the Magnificent caught that drum!

          • It was a genuine pleasure hosting you, your family and your friends. We had as much fun (sans the back ache) as y’all did! I have added his photo AND the mandated caption! Thanks for sending on the photos! I hope you get back here soon, too! BW

      • Shoreacres-
        If your friend is in the Lawton area they are in the heart of Comanche country, I recommend they go to the Comanche Nation fair the end of September, it’s an experience to remember. Lots of great local artists, vendors and food.

  9. Mrs. Coach, would you post the recipe for the Indian Bread? I keep looking at those tacos and drooling on the keyboard!

    BW, hope your back is all better. I mimicked you last night. Don’t know what I did to pull it out either.

    • She gave me the recipe, so I will post it up for you. Sorry to hear about your back. It’s been a week and a day on mine, and although the pain is better it is stiff as a board . . . . hang in there!

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