Looks like Rita's making her way inland. She's headed straight for Lake Charles. My Aunt Ruby and cousins Debra and Steve have evacuated from Sulphur (just outside of Lake Charles) and are staying with my parents near Baton Rouge. Please keep them in your prayers.
Some of my favorite places in Louisiana are Sabine NWR and Lacassine NWR, which are the huge marshes south of Lake Charles.
Roseate spoonbill at Lacassine NWR
The marsh at Sabine NWR
They are some of the most beautiful places in the state, and they are getting slammed.