Old Spanish Trail Scenic Route
7747 US Highway 61
Old Spanish Trail Scenic Route Reviews
Louisiana's Coastal Bayou Scenic Drive Apr 11, 2010
Scenic drives are not only a great outdoor recreational activity, but a wonderful way to relieve stress without getting medicated. In the United States, believe it or not, they make medication for just about anything, you mention it, they have it. Understanding stress in the United States, is understanding the lifestyle of over 75 % of the population. Besides a few states with developed transport systems, many states do not have public transport like New York's underground subway system. New York is the measure of good public transport. In a society where 85% of your day is work, work and more work, life can be over crowded and overwhelming bringing about stress. Relieving that stress then becomes a whole different ball game. The United States of America has a road network beyond rival, the road network is a double edged sword; in as much as driving on them brings about stress, so can they be used as stress relievers.
Taking long drives along the scenic roads presents not only calm, but beauty and appreciation for the beauty of America's outdoors. It is highly recommended that you steer away from the main interstates if you decide to cruise the roads as part of a sight seeing activity. Perhaps one of the most scenic and historical of roads is the Louisiana coastal Bayou along the gulf coast to the Breaux Bridge. Living in Mississippi, I was fond of taking road trips as a means to calm my spirits from an uneasy pregnancy. My drives normally took me to Louisiana where I stopped at the French quarters for food. On one such occasion, the road let to Breaux Bridge three hours out of Louisiana. The 108 mile route takes you through the history of a nineteenth century Spanish Frontier trail. I recall sugar cane fields and the smell of oak trees in the air as if they were molding. Along the route is a swamp with birds, perhaps one of the many protected wetlands in the south. I did not see any alligators, but they are known to be in the swamps. Those old mansions that you see in movies like “Gone with the wind” representative of an era long gone. Old French Speaking antebellum estates shaped by the expelled Nova Scotians during British rule.
There is a list of ten most scenic roads in America, have you seen the list? Well I do not know all of them but I do recommend these two:
1.The Old Spanish Trail in Louisiana (Gulf coast to Breaux Bridge, about 3 hours)
2.Central California Coast: Monterey to Morro Bay (123 miles, about 6 hours)
The California scenic route is also a dangerous one, it is close to the edge and at a threatening height. It offers the wild beauty and history of the Spanish and Mexican rule long gone. The wild adventure of living on the edge while on this road creates an adrenaline rush for those afraid of heights like me. The two-way cliff-side drive keeps at alert everything that is conscious in you. It is much easier to drive on the inside lane, which means driving South to North and not the other way around. I would caution the adrenaline seeker against driving this route because it is easy to endanger the lives of many while you are at it. But if you can stomach the cliff driving, there is perhaps no scene as beautiful as the one you see while on California 1.
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