“A remote oasis nearly hidden within Louisiana’s expansive shoreline…Renown for its world-class fishing and birding habitat, Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island offers unblemished views of the Gulf of Mexico, miles of beaches and boundless wildlife. Couple that with southern hospitality and mouthwatering seafood and you’ll discover why visitors have fallen in love with Grand Isle for two and a half centuries.”

As quoted from their visitors website, this accurately describes the qualities that captured my imagination several years ago. I had always wanted to visit, but it is a long, desolate southward drive to the Gulf of Mexico from New Orleans. As always, my Louisiana mentor, Jenae, was game to drive us there last year for a wonderful personal introduction!

“As of the 2010 census, the town’s resident population was 1,296; during summers, the population including tourists and seasonal residents sometimes increases to over 20,000.”

As quoted from Wikipedia.

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I am not a fan of hoards of unwashed masses anywhere, but we were able to visit this area free of crowds. Our photos reflect this. Our conversations with people at our fave bar, BIG DADDY’S, corroborated the Wikipedia description when we were given a tour of the huge rooftop deck and live band stage. We were told their place was totally packed during fishing derby seasons. But our first exposure to Big Daddy’s, aka Artie’s Sports Bar, found us being treated to several samplings of home-cooked goodies, pictured: Duck, pheasant, and “poo-doo” gizzard jambalaya, corn and shrimp soup along with toasted flour tortillas! YEOW, really delicious!! On this same visit, gentleman wearing all camo hunting outfit answered my hunting inquiry with his explanation of being a stealth fisherman upon private waters…love it!! Local characters? Keep reading!!

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