For those visitors to New Orleans who want to take swamp tours, there are many available, but they tend to be more entertainment oriented, rather than simple nature appreciation. Once again, thanks to my friends here, I was able to spend a couple days and evenings in a very authentic area of Cajun country that was both peaceful and beautiful during the day, but offered great little eating and drinking spots at night!! What do locals do? Either work or play during the day, and party at night!!
My friend, whose family owns a fish camp here, is a very knowledgeable guide, and enjoyed sharing his fishing spots with me. I really enjoyed just watching all of the birds and swamp life as we cruised deep into his “back yard.” He told me that one could navigate all the way into the Gulf from there. The most memorable experience was observing a white, motionless object about 10 feet below, which he said was an alligator gar. It looked to be 4-6 feet in length.
We enjoyed sampling some local places in the evening. Landry’s Seafood Restaurant is a dependable place for local seafood, and Jenae still remembers the quality of their coleslaw, remarkable! Meanwhile, our guide ordered his fave, frogs legs, mmm!! Our server, Beth, suggested we try The Hook Up after dinner for drinks…and we obliged, and also got in a little dancing!! And since we are professionals, we had to try Stevie G’s, but alas, there was a cover charge, but we could tell people were having fun!! Finally, our last stop was Spunky Monkey where Jenae and I got to dance some more…love it; drinking and dancing at a top local bar in Pierre Part; The Swamp Life!!
If you want to explore this and other similar areas, you will be rewarded with many special memories, and the knowledge that you were truly off the beaten path!!