Pointe Katie Frank, MS, LAT, ATC Ah sweet, sweet summertime. Such an optimistic aura comes about when school is out of session, vacation plans become a reality, and fun in the sun assumes. Even though this part of the world lets us see more than our fair share of sunny days, the ones during summer seem more magical. Why? Who knows? Very few can dissect Mother Nature’s intentions, but I can certainly share with you a really neat place to visit during your off time. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is 6,000 acres of natural beauty located in both New Iberia and St. Martinville Parishes. The fine people of the Louisiana State Parks System have done a wonderful job keeping this area clean and adventurer-friendly. As the magic of summer leads us outside, it may also entice us onto the water. Lake Fausse offers kayak and canoe rentals with a number of launch areas, even at some campsites. Fishing and boating opportunities are abundant along the network of waterways, all offering a way to be one with your surroundings. The water trails are marked so paddling your way around requires 30
no GPS. The Park is located adjacent to the largest wetland and swamp in the country, the Atchafalaya Basin, which is quite a bragging right indeed. Three hiking trails can give an up-close and personal encounter with local plant life. It’s home to deer, bobcats, alligator, raccoon, snakes, and bears.. Oh my! No worrying necessary because our fury, scaled, and toothy friends would much rather be admired. Or nap. And speaking of naps, I’m not sure much compares to taking one outdoors. With RV camps, “roughing it” camps, and cabins creating an easy get away, Lake Fausse Pointe gives you no excuse to leave if you’re exhausted from your outdoor festivities. Log onto their Facebook page or The Louisiana State Park website to get more information on specific amenities. Also, remember to check out their Nature Center at some point, which provides fun programs and activities as a way to learn about the surrounding environment. When the change of season is noticeable, this time of year feels like paradise. And even if June 21st means little to you, an unforgettable experience with loved
ones is nearby. In keeping with summer tradition, add to or take away from your workload. Or why not both, try something new and create some memories. Whichever route you decide to travel, there is one stop close to home that is very well worth your time. Plan a trip to Lake Fausse and be sure to check the expiration dates on all of your sun block. It just may be time to restock.
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