7.24.2013

Swamplandia

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Since we have a big alligator fan on our hands,
we knew that we couldn't visit the Louisiana low country without a trip to the swamp.
We rode out of the city, deep into the bayou,
until we reached Honey Island Swamp,
where we boarded a small boat and began a leisurely cruise through the mysterious waters.

As our boat floated lazily under the shade of Spanish moss-covered Cypress trees, the captain lured an alligator over with a marshmallow on a stick. I was honestly not expecting those scaly gators to make such a close approach! But I guess that's what happens when a hungry reptile spies some free food.

Hudson was able to feed the alligators from the stick, and he did not hesitate to speak up and ask questions during the tour. I think he grinned the entire time. I'm so proud of my brave little outdoorsman!

On this little adventure I learned:
-alligators like to eat marshmallows and hot dogs
-hot dogs are colored and shaped a lot like a human finger
-a man on a previous tour hung his arm over the rail and got his finger bitten off by an alligator

-it's hot in the swamp
-flatbed swamp boats can go really fast. so fast that it feels like you might just fly out and land into the murky swamp water
-going fast feels really good when you are sweating a lot, and kind of outweighs the fear of falling overboard into the mouth of a waiting alligator

-there are lots of lily pads in the swamp
-sometimes alligators that are lying in wait look like lily pads
-watch out for lily pads that follow your boat

Before we headed back to dry land, our captain took us through an isolated independent fishing community, in a location that is constantly threatened by erosion, hurricanes, and rising sea levels. We saw some homes that were featured in the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, and more than that, we got a glimpse into the culture of people that work hard to survive in an environment that is often unpredictable and unfairly harsh.

Here are two tiny videos of our time in the swamp:




6 comments:

Jeannie said...

I cannot believe you were that close to the alligators. I love the different expressions on Hudson's face and yours!!! Beautiful photography as usual.

Cindy P said...

I'm glad you posted more photos from your swamp expedition. I enjoyed seeing the ones on Instagram. That seems like it would be a fun little excursion. Especially for someone such a fan of alligators!

Brittany | Life of a Bama Girl said...

Great pictures! That alligator is a little too close for me though! Yikes!

Banana Boat said...

This was also one of my favorite parts of the trip. Hudson was so excited on the boat. We had a great boat captain and he was great with our little man. Maybe next time we can go on one of those other boats.

LOVE YOU and GREAT PICTURES!!!

justicepirate.com said...

This is a great memory to make!!! That looks scary and fun all at the same time. I am glad that he was able to spend time up close with the alligators! My sons love them too! How cool that he got to feed them!!!

misc.alaina said...

So cool! Such a great adventure! Love the photos and videos!