First full day on the island and what a gorgeous day it was. The weather was blue sky’s, upper 70s, and breezy. Decided to check out the island and see what it was all about. Getting around the island is easy; stay on the one main road. It’s the one (and only) that will take you on and off the island, as well as getting around once there. As you go you’ll find no stop lights or signs. The speed limit is 45 mph except for a short stretch were it goes down to 25 mph and there’s two cops, one on each side of the limit who seem to make sure it’s adhered to. Translation-tickets, lots of tickets.
There’s not a lot of retail other than a couple of grocery stores/hardware and two places to get gas, all local owned. For entertainment, there’s a couple of laid back bars and that’s it. Development has so far stayed off the island and it really gives it a nice vibe, just the kind I was looking for.
Pretty quiet on the main road through town (LA 1) and this was on a Sunday around 4:00 in the afternoon. Maybe everyone was home watching the Saints game. The island is about seven miles long and less than a miles wide (and that’s being generous) and if you take the road (LA 1) out of town, the next stop is the Gulf of Mexico.This is the actual end of LA 1, the first photo is where the road ends in Port Fourchon which is just west of Grand Isle. I used it for effect purposes (busted).
The one common denominator you’ll see on the island is pillars. Every house is built on pillars along with hurricane shutters, all of them about ten feet off the ground.
After giving the town the once over, I stopped at the local gas station (Jo Bobs), bought a sausage and two biscuits for dinner, and headed back to the trailer, calling it a day. damn, that sausage was good (and healthy too I’ll bet).