October 3, 2014

I Want A Baby Alligator

If you missed part 1 and part 2 of my NOLA recap, you should go read them and catch yourself up!

Day 4 of our NOLA trip included a Swamp Tour and a Plantation Tour. There are lots of different companies and tour options and we chose to work with Cajun Pride Swamp Tours. They were great. The shuttle picked us up at our hotel and our driver told us a lot about the history of the city while we drove out to the swamp. 

Our swamp tour guide was amazing. He knew so much about the land, the swamp, and the animals. I am a sucker for educational tours and we learned so much! The alligators in the swamp totally knew what was up. They were following the boat around because they knew they would get fed.

Cajun Pride Swamp Tour

 Our guide stood out on the ledge of the boat and called the alligators over. It turns out that alligators really like marshmallows. Our guide attracted them over to the boat with the marshmallows and then fed them raw chicken bits. The alligators were jumping out of the water to get the food!

New Orleans Swamp Tour

 We even got to hold a baby alligator while on the tour. Jess also held the snake...I did not! I can’t think of the best way to describe how the alligator felt…almost leathery. He definitely wasn't slimy like I was expecting.

New Orleans Swamp Tour

New Orleans Swamp Tour

After the swamp tour, we went to Oak Alley Plantation for a tour. Oak Alley is so gorgeous – it’s exactly what you envision when you think of a plantation. There is a HUGE white house with all the bells and whistles, ladies dressed in period clothing, and the most AMAZNG tree lined driveway that you’ll ever see in your entire life. You’re probably thinking that there is no way anyone could be excited about trees, but seriously, check out these trees…

New Orleans Plantation Touu

New Orleans Plantation Tour

Other than another night out on Bourbon Street with a couple of Hand Grenades, that pretty much wrapped up our trip to NOLA. Much like Vegas...4 days was plenty! I do want to go back and do a few things we missed though - especially the cemetery tours and Mardi Gras museum. 

So…2 months later…I’ll wrap up this 3 part recap :) Thanks for reading my sporadic posts!

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