Bird Fest Northshore scenic beauty at the Northlake Nature CenterBy: Deborah Burst |

Perhaps the greatest moments of travel are those of solitude, be it a park bench or on a trail deep inside a forest. Those are found in abundance in South Louisiana.

You become one with the wild, a keen awareness of all it holds, every breeze, every sound is a glorious symphony. It’s an orchestrated melody of cicadas, two-inch beetles perched among the treetops in repeated performances. The chorus moves across the trees, from a low hum to a feverish pitch building to a mighty crescendo, and all are waiting for you here on a South Louisiana road trip.

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