After a long van ride through southern Louisiana, we have arrived in Grand Isle. The beach is breathtaking, and the sunset was beautiful. Some of the girls went down this evening and found numerous amounts of tar balls. The handful of oil rigs seen from our balcony juxtapose the quaint beach homes peppered along the shore.
We met with Jean Landry, a member of the Louisiana Nature Conservancy, this afternoon. She had lots to say about the spill and how it personally effected her family. She mentioned that this was the first summer that she hasn’t been able to be with her family on the beach. There is a sense of loyalty to this small beach town, and you can tell that the people that live here were hurt in many ways.
I had the chance to eat at the Starfish Restaurant tonight– a mom and pop place just a few blocks down from where we are staying. It was delicious! We have some bad weather coming our way for tomorrow, so we will probably be on the road early in the morning.
Even though it was a short lived trip, I’ve had a great time getting to know Grand Isle and I hope to get a chance to return in the future.
Here is a picture I took from our balcony: