Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Great Swamp Tour!

With the rosters put to bed and all the letters out, we left this morning for Henderson Landing and Avery Island. Of course we had to take the Blocker's on a swamp tour. We've now seen this area in every season, and we love it every time. Spring has arrived, and the blossoms and leaves are just on the verge of being profuse. No wonder everyone loves Spring so much after long, cold, white winters. That's not particularly the case in LA, but it surely was lacking in color on the Winter swamp tour. The water was as high as it's ever been, and the gators were just coming out. They weren't hungry, so they didn't come over to the boat, but the big boys were definitely out and about!

We were able to go with Captain Tucker again, and he's always informative and entertaining. He mentioned that alligators can't digest food when their body temperatures are below 65, so they just don't eat yet. And here's another Capt. Tucker tip. There are 2 kinds of mosquitoes in LA--the small ones that go through screen doors and the big ones that just open the doors to get in!
Paige, in front, and Karina ready to navigate the swamps
Early Spring in the Atchafalaya Basin
Capt. Tucker's duck blind.  It has a full kitchen and sleeps 6 hunters comfortably. Define "comfortably!"
The water hyacinth is beginning to grow back after winter
This is Mac. It's hard to tell how big this guy is from the picture, but he's the largest gator they've seen in the swamp. He's about 50  years old and 12-12 1/2' long.
This is not Mac, but he looked bigger and scarier to me.
At the Tabasco Tour on Avery Island
Paige, Tanner, Karina and Danielle--Nathan was almost always inconveniently somewhere else at picture time.

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