Invasion! Crawfish Feared Elsewhere
In March we took a little Spring Break vacation to Denver to visit the offspring, as is our habit we like to take 'day' trips into the mountains and little unknown-to-tourist areas of Colorado that are still much like they were hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
Except for Man.
Returning from Leadville one afternoon we stopped off to view the scenic expanse of the frozen lake at Camp Hale, off hwy 24 N., coming out of Leadville which is also known as the 10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway. You may not realize it but the US Army continues to keep a base, and crack mountain troops trained in Colorado.
Frozen Camp Hale Lake - See the dock covered in ice and snow?
We stopped for a few photographs at the scenic frozen Camp Hale Lake and in walking around I noticed the green sign (middle of the photo above) said fishermen should be on the lookout for certain invasive species and one of them was a 'rusty crayfish'. It didn't cause a huge reaction as I had known for years that crawfish were a regional delight. You couldn't hold a successful crawfish boil in Sacramento or Cheyenne or I suppose even Denver. I wasn't surprised. But to place the beloved crustacean in the 'invasive' species class? Just gather them up and eat them, I thought.
The Invasive Species Sign - Our Friend is 4th From Left
Now comes news that the state of Michigan is freaking out over craw or cray fish invading their flailing financially troubled state ponds. Since we read the news about every day we know Michigan has a lot more problems confronting them than a few mud-bugs in their precious state. The authorities are absolutely freaking out and have dispatched a state agency, the Dept of Natural Resources to go out and hunt down and capture dead or alive the treacherous wet-backed illegal alien crustaceans.
A TV anchor said she was 'sickened' at the sight of the mud-bugs in her area, it's a sure bet she ain't gonna be sucking no heads soon at the fais do-do.
And they're having success, plucking 'red swamp crayfish' out of ponds and bank mud at the rate of some one-per-minute. Another TV anchor (doesn't take much to impress them to begin with) was astounded that some 200 had been rounded up in only one day. Not 200 lb... two-hundred mud-bugs. Gonna take y'all a week of dat baw before you got enough for even one platter you.
C'mon you Michigan Baw's - I went to Catholic High me, I'll mess you up me.
I'm sure that in other parts of the country there are items placed on the table that we wouldn't touch - I would not like a plate of gifilte fish or haggis and truth be known, I don't even like cracklins... but that's another story.
To wrap this amazing story of differing opinions on natural and unnatural cuisine I will leave you with a video from 'Cajun Nerd Media' where 'Baw the Crawfish' addresses the Michigan issue - Click Here For Laughs
As a final note 'hey Michigan, after another 20 days of 200 crawfish a day, you might have enough gathered for an small sized official disposal operation!'