Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve
Trip Start Apr 30, 2010
52Trip End Sep 05, 2010
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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!