Our staff got back to nature while working on this month’s cover story. From taking an eco-tour to visiting a local business that has been making duck calls for decades, it’s been an inspiring journey. Words just don’t seem to truly convey the feelings we experienced while sitting out in a boat in the middle of the marsh with Grosse Savanne Eco-tours. With nothing but the horizon in the distance and the sound of hundreds of birds squawking all around us from the safety of their rookeries, it became very clear why it’s so easy to fall in love with Southwest Louisiana’s great outdoors. If that didn’t have us wanting to scout out a new hunting spot or fishing hole, then our visit to Faulk’s Game Calls sealed the deal. On a rainy afternoon, surrounded by the sounds of drills and sanders and the smell of fresh wood, the piercing sound of the duck calls instantly transported us to a blind and had us picturing birds flying high overhead. This particular cover story forced us to step out into our own backyard and opened our eyes to the wide array of adventures available for those willing to take a walk or a ride on the wild side.
In addition to immersing ourselves in the great outdoors, we also delved into Louisiana’s Hispanic heritage. While our culture is often linked to our French roots, the territory that eventually became known as Louisiana was ruled by the Spanish for many years. This time left a rather large impact on architecture, food and culture. The Cabildo, Presbytere and St. Louis Cathedral (after the fire of 1788) were all built under Spanish rule. Today we also mix rice into dishes like jambalaya and rice dressing thanks to our Spanish roots.
Finally, in this overflowing issue (it’s 100 pages!) you will find information on the latest fall fashion and homecoming trends, details about upcoming fall festivals and so much more. Our September issue will hit the stands around September 9. In the meantime, we’d hope like to offer an opportunity to our reader’s to thrive. There’s no doubt that we received a bit of an intrinsic reward when we help others. We feel good about ourselves and if we’re lucky, we inspire others to pay it forward. It is with this in mind that we are bringing you Thriving Thursdays. We invite you to reach inside yourself and offer up a small act of kindness. If you’d like to share it in hopes of inspiring someone else, please post it to our Facebook page when you see our weekly Thriving Thursday post.