One of the best things we did while we were in the New Orleans area was to leave the city and venture out into the surrounding swamps. It sounded like a great idea.
And then....we arrived at our destination.
Situated between a truck stop and a drive-thru daiquiri stand, I was skeptical when we arrived. Arthur was the business owner and was all fired up to show us the Nutria he had just caught and had in a plastic tote bin! Thankfully they were still living.
We also signed our waivers in his living room surrounded by necklaces with gator teeth hanging from them.
I was not feeling confident.
But, I was so mistaken!
Greg was the captain of our
ship, I mean air boat. Though he was just as much a character as Arthur, he was an expert in the swamp. We went into open areas as well as little nooks and crannies such as this.
He used our cameras several times to take pictures of us all. We are the nuts in the back row.
Greg had his hands on all of the animals, as you can see in this picture. Yes, we all touched the gator because we were all high on swamp fumes, I reckon.
He also took us to this area with this row of cypress trees that grew from one log that fell into the water.
Here is the captain with a Nutria. A non-native rodent introduced from Argentina many years ago. They were everywhere in the swamp.
We saw Owls, Eagles, Nutria and plenty of gators, baby!
My kids would say that this was the best thing we did while in New Orleans.
I would say it was a plantation house we visited.
More on that later.