While in New Orleans for Lauren’s Bachelorette Party, we decided to escape the city for a little bit of nature.
And by nature… I mean alligators!
We were doing a swamp tour with Cajun Encounters!
We headed down to the dock for the adventure.
And boarded one of Cajun Encounters’ boats. I was so relieved to see that they were covered, since I had been nervous about sitting in the hot sun for two hours!
Then we were off!
I’d done a Cajun Encounters’ swamp tour my first time in New Orleans, but it was in February and it was nowhere near as good. The trees had no leaves and looked dead and, because apparently they have better things to do in the winter, we didn’t see a single alligator.
So in my opinion it’s not even worth doing a swamp tour in the winter.
In the summer, however, the swamp tour is amazing!
And we saw so many alligators! I lost track of how many we saw at around 17!
It’s amazing how close they get to the boats. It may have something to do with the captains’ willingness to feed them their favorite food, hotdogs!
Who knew I had something in common with alligators?!
As we cruised along, we saw a little slice of Louisiana.
Like houses built on stilts.
We also got to see some marshes too.
Wondering what the difference is between the two? Marshes are fields covered with water, and swamps are forests covered with water.
Then we headed into the heart of the swamp to try to track down another fun animal.
Nope, not that animal!
But this one!
Can you see it?
How about now?
Yep, there are wild boars in the swamp too!
Fun fact: Adult boars eat baby alligators. Adult alligators eat baby boars. So it pays to be an adult in the swamp!
Much too soon we had to head back.
Where we docked and were able to proudly claim that we survived the swamp tour!
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See ya later, alligator!
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