Natural Beauty Abounds in Cajun Country, Lousiana
After reading my previous post, you might think all we did was sit around being fat and happy the entire week. Well yeah, but it’s not in our nature to let the grass grow under our feet no matter how full our tummies are 🙂
Although the mountains we’ve been yearning for are still hundreds of miles ahead, we were able to find some nice “flatlander” trails to enjoy, using notes from our previous travels here and a little help from our (RV) friends and their blogs.
Poches RV Fish Camp is one of the places we’d looked forward to revisiting on this trip east. It’s a large property holding five man-made ponds, and the 1.5-mile perimeter walk around them allowed us to burn some of the calories we accumulated massively on a daily basis. The setting here is nice, with frequent sunrises and sunsets that made me jump up and grab my camera several times. The weekends did get busy with noisy families coming in to fish, similar to how things are in state parks.
While we usually prefer more mountainous terrain, the bayous, swamps and prairies here were just fine with us. Our atrophying leg muscles came back to life at Comite Park Trail, Acadiana Nature Station, and at Cypress Island Preserve. Even with whopping elevation gains of 56′-87′ we were able to hang in there and smile with delight at the beautiful green and yellow-speckled scenery of spring blooms.
After visiting Rip Van Winkle Gardens and Rip’s Bird Rookery, we stopped by Bon Creole Seafood, a local eatery known for their signature Shrimp Po’Boy (and it was the best we’ve ever had!). Our friends John and Sharon knew about this place and invited us to join them and their friends for lunch. They’d been hanging out in Cajun Country for several weeks at Betty’s RV Park, exploring and having a great time.
Cypress Island Preserve Swamp Tour
When in Louisiana, everyone should at least take a canoe or kayak journey into a swamp, but we think a guided tour is even better. We took the first tour of the day at Champagne’s Swamp Tours, and for two hours we glided through groves of 500-year-old moss covered cypress and tupelo trees, learning about the swamp and its natural inhabitants.
Right off the bat we learned the difference between a bayou and a swamp; the former being an imperceptibly slow moving body of water, while the latter is a stagnate forested wetland. The vegetation along each of them is quite different. Now we know!
Wildlife abounded here, from the winged ones to the scary ones under and over the water:
It was an excellent tour and we highly recommend it. Swamp landscape is something you have to see and experience, its beauty is unique and fascinating!
As much as we loved the food, people and unique bayous and swamps, the roads and highways in Louisiana are in disgraceful condition and need to be fixed! Other than that our stay in Cajun Country brought lots of exciting social, cultural and musical experiences. The locals are so warm and friendly, and we had to smile each time they called us “baby”, sweetie pie”, “honey” or several other endearing terms that are just the way folks communicate here. What a wonderful place to spend some time!