February 5, 2016
The stars of the popular TV show “Duck Dynasty” are from Monroe and last week we stopped by the Duck Dynasty Warehouse and Gift Shop to see what all the hoopla was about. As you arrive you notice that the parking lot is set-up for bus and RV parking in addition to a regular parking lot for cars – hmmm, bus loads of people coming here? Once inside the door you are greeted by staff wanting you and your group to stand in front of the green screen for a photo, holding shotguns is optional. Once you get your picture taken you are free to explore the warehouse filled with merchandise all branded with logos and sayings from the TV show. You could look at clothing, dishes, knives, dvd’s, outdoor equipment, shoes and of course duck calls, which were the foundation of their popularity. I was overwhelmed with the tackiness of it all! You could watch dvd’s of the TV series or get snacks and sit down to rest from all of the shopping but that was it for things to do. Not being real Duck Dynasty fans, our stay was short.
We continued on to our next destination, dinner on the river at an old converted warehouse called The Warehouse. They have a great menu featuring catfish and redfish and they are known for their steaks. We celebrated my birthday and cheesecake with a candle finished the meal. In the picture, Cliff, Cyndy, Connie Allen and Ed Allen.
Our adventure this week was to Natchez, Mississippi, the oldest community on the river (1517) and well worth an afternoon of our time. Quite a contrast to our adventure last week! The bridge crossing the Mississippi was picture worthy.
We did part of the driving tour to view some of the antebellum homes. Natchez was occupied by the Indians, the French, the Spanish and the British so no wonder the buildings are amazing.
We always manage to find a brew pub or darn good restaurant in the downtown area and this day was no exception. We enjoyed hamburgers, poboys and brisket quesadilla’s and all were excellent. The picture below is another shot of the Mississippi, a big rolling river that continues to be the lifeblood of this river valley.
Life at Black Bayou continues and we are seeing more and more visitors coming out to hike, fish, rent a canoe or kayak and explore the bayou. The school kids will be coming soon for field trips and we will take the butterfly show on the road this week to the local head start programs. The weather is still cool, 50’s and 60’s during the day and down to freezing at night but now and then we get a warm day in the 70’s and know that spring is coming!
Cliff and Cyndy