Where we stayed: Pioneer Acadian Village RV Park and Campground
I really wanted to soak in the culture of the bayou found in Louisana, so we planned for a long stop in Layafette, Lousianna. While here, we went for our second boat ride of the trip with Campagne's Cajun Swamp Tours located about fifteen minutes from our campground in Breaux Bridge, LA. (Here was our first boat ride...rv and all). It had been pretty cold up until the day before we went on our tour, so most of the alligators in the area were still hiding out in the mud trying to keep warm. During our tour, the sun was out and temps were nearing 70, so we did get to see a couple little 'gators trying to soak up some sun. It was very exciting to see the first little guy who was hiding out in some plants...all you could see was his spine sticking out. As we traveled further south into Florida, we would end up seeing countless numbers of big alligators. But this 3' gator was enough to check it off our list.
Fun Fact: Alligators need heat/sun to help process their food. If the weather turns cold after an alligator eats a large meal, the alligator may not be able to process his food and the animal in it's belly will rot...killing the alligator.
This gator was maybe 3' long... just a little guy.
The swamp tour around Lake Martin also took us through a protected bird rookery. This is the place to go if you are a bird enthusiast. So many birds!!!! I never really understood the facination with birding... it's a bird, big whoop. But now I kind of get it. It's kind of like geocaching...bird watching is a good hobby for someone who likes to check items off a list - Gray heron - check!
Anhinga - check!
White ibis - check!
Egret - check!
Chick - check!
Lousiana Crawfish Time
After our tour, we picked up some dinner from a drive-through... my first time grabbing a sack of cooked crawfish through my car window. The seasonings on the crawfish, potatoes and corn was tasty. A little too spicy for the kids, but they loved the potatoes. As big as the crawfish were, the edibile part was about the size of a piece of chewed up gum. Pretty good, but not something I would crave. Boudin balls on the other hand... oh man, I might have to start importing those.
Shopping at Walmart with Kaylie. This is the place to stock up on special rv tp. We passed on the tower of soda and pig tails, but Zapp's Voodoo chips were pretty tasty!
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!