Dodging the storms in Deridder, Louisiana

The rains came a tumbling down
The rains came a tumbling down

With tornado warnings and flash flood alerts buzzing our smartphones and appearing on the Google maps, we spent our morning secure in the Best Western in Deridder. As we watched the interactive weather maps on Intellicast, plans were made to venture out later in the afternoon during a break in the storms. Hopefully, there are no flooded roads between here and Leesville where the closest movie theater is located. We drove north to check out the theater and crossed a few bridges along the way where the water was getting high. When we arrived in Leesville, alas, the theater was closed, so we headed back to Deridder for dinner.

Downtown Deridder on a Saturday night
Downtown Deridder on a Saturday night

Bill has been promised a Cajun meal tonight – something called gumbo. Doesn’t sound to appetizing to me, but I’m no connoisseur of fine cuisine. As long as there is chicken or a burger, I’ll be fine. I might even venture a taste of said gumbo. We dined at Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen

Cecil's Cajun Kitchen
Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen

and the food was quite spicy by my taste buds. I had the gumbo, others had jambalaya, red beans and rice, etouffe and other cajun delicacies. I  had to have a banana pudding for dessert to soothe the taste buds. The rest of the team had beignets.

Beignets for dessert or midnight snack or breakfast or...
Beignets for dessert or midnight snack or breakfast or…

Tomorrow is projected to be another rainy day –