- Spying two Louisiana herons while gliding silently through a saltwater marsh in a pirogue.
- The emerald waters and sugar white sands of the Florida panhandle.
- Family vacations along the coast in Biloxi, Gulfport, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Panama City Beach.
- Spring break with my girlfriends on Perdido Key.
- Drinking Bushwhackers at the Florabama at sunset.
- Surfcasting in the Gulf waters off Grand Isle.
- Sifting through ice chests full of shrimp while they were being hosed down in the backyard.
- More memorable seafood dinners than I can count, cooked by my mother or enjoyed at various restaurants in Louisiana and along the coast.
- Taking the boat to Ship Island to admire the birds and seashells at the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
- A trip with my wonderful then-boyfriend, now-husband to South Padre Island, where he swam with a sea turtle.
With 5000 barrels of oil polluting the Gulf waters each day, the outlook is pretty dire. What will happen to the wildlife? The coastal wetlands? Our way of life? The seafood industry? The fishermen? The restaurants and bars? The hotels? The people who work in the travel and tourism industry? I could go on and on.
How you can help:
Buy specially marked bottles of Dawn dishwashing products
Go online and activate your product code. When you do, Dawn with donate $1 to saving wildlife. Dawn safely and effectively removes oil from wildlife. The company is donating bottle upon bottle of detergent to help the International Bird Rescue Research Center in their wildlife cleanup efforts.
See these pages:
Donate to the Audobon Society:
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