Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve

Trip Start Apr 30, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2010

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Well, we're in Houston and have internet access, but it's reeeeally slow, so I have posted some pics from New Orleans but they will have to remain a sneak preview until I can get better internet and post some more as well as the story details - and there are some pretty good stories from this leg of the journey! Jenny Thursday we decided to take advantage of the free swamp tour that came with our hotel. We headed about half an hour Southwest of the city to the Jean Lafitte National Park and Reserve. Something interesting about this park is that it's actually made up of several (5 I think) physically separate sections scattered around the state. One section is in fact the Cabildo/Presbytere/State Museum in downtown New Orleans. We were going to the reserve and, of course, the swamps.

We were supposed to take the 10am tour, but after a wrong turn or two and arriving at 10:02, we found the boat had already left. Apparently despite the laid back feel, they’re into punctuality around here. But it was a blessing in disguise as the desk clerk advised to go for a walk around the reserve, just down the road, and stroll around the paths for a while until the 12:00 tour.

The volunteer at the Information Centre of the Reserve was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I have to say, that every time we have asked for help at any State Welcome Centre, City Information Desk, or any tourist attraction the staff and volunteers are experts in their fields and exceptionally friendly. He showed us the various walking routes around the reserve, explained the variations in vegetation around the swamps, and he even showed us where we were most likely to alligators.

The swamp was incredible. To be really cliché, it really looked and felt like something out of a movie. The vegetation changed every several times, with every couple of feet of slight drop in elevation - only a foot or two led to totally new types of plants, it was really interesting. Check out all ht epics of beautiful greenery and interesting wildlife!

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Jamieson on

How's the van holding up? Any parking tickets yet? How are the sleeping arrangements? Comfortable im sure. This is quite the trek you two have embarked on. This blog is really amazing, you two should write a travel book!

Stay safe! Party hard!

jennydavey on

Hey Jamieson, thanks for the note. We're in New Mexico right now, finally got Texas (all 800 or so miles of it) behind us. We're going to try to hit some hot springs later today.

I've been writing up our stops whenever I'm not driving, I have a bunch of news on New Orleans that I'll post next we we make a longer stop.


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