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Cool Corney Creek

Canoeing down Corney Creek in Union Parish. Photo by Stephanie Hermann

Canoeing down Corney Creek in Union Parish. Photo by Stephanie Hermann

As hot as it is this time of year, it’s good to get close to the water and stay in the shade as much as possible. How can you do that and have loads of fun enjoying Nature? We’ll let local canoe and kayak enthusiast Stephanie Hermann take over today’s blog, fill you in on a bit of news about the parish and tell you how to stay cool:

Today (Wednesday), we hosted a Louisiana Life magazine photographer and crew to paddle through the rustic wild of Corney Creek in Union Parish.

This will be a part of a larger article (with information from Louisiana Delta Adventures) about paddling throughout Louisiana. They picked three paddle trails to highlight (one in New Orleans, one in South Louisiana, and OUR Corney Creek!) The magazine will come out in September. The photographer and crew and paddlers alike were very impressed with Corney Creek.

We paddled 4 miles without the first sounds of humans. There are no launches on this path, no roads, no signs of civilization. I’ve never left a paddle there where I didn’t feel like something really special just took place. Today was no exception. We saw 10 baby wild piglets drinking water before being startled. We were entertained by birds and the sounds of locust and paddled under wasps nests the size of dinner plates. Portaged and ducked under trees and one-lane traffic through underbrush. Saw three snakes, one of which danced with us perched upright high top of the water waiting patiently for us to pass before moving on, we saw several wood spiders the size of the palm of your hand remarkably camouflaged in the cypress tree bark.

We paddled through 4 miles of the greenest green fields of algae on the water, almost like a being the first person to walk on a snowy lawn, passed through the hollow of a cypress tree pausing to look up into this amazing picture of the past…. This was just TODAY!

This is the tonic of the wildness in our backyard–Corney Creek.

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