The oil spill has forever changed our way of life, but we can’t give up…

What’s it like to grow up on a bayou, anyways? It’s beautiful. It’s full of mullet, sheepshead, crabs, gators, blue heron, gulls, the occasional shark and even a manatee or two if we’re lucky.  Oh, and I can’t forget the dolphins. The sunsets are streaked with pink, purple, and gold…and this is just a small part of it. 

For those of you who may feel removed from the oil spill and may not completely understand why we love this place called the Gulf of Mexico and all of her bays, bayous and estuaries, let me tell you why we’re fightin’.  We’re fightin’ for those fast movin’ mullet, those striped sheepshead and those glistening, glorious  dolphins…even those sneaky blue crabs that disappear into the seawall…

This is an anonymous letter from a Gulf Coast resident, sent to Aaron Viles who blogs for the Gulf Restoration Network.  It talks about this person’s love for the area and fears about the current oil spill disaster. It’s a very moving letter and truly conveys how alot of us feel. It’s linked here: While you’re on their site, check out the Gulf Restoration Network, they’re doing alot of great work in the gulf.  Here’s a picture of the backyard I grew up in…Don’s Bayou, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KebMo
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 15:04:19

    LOTS of great memories on that bayou, and many of them off that dock!


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