A Watery Weekend
Well, the appropriate “powers that be” decided (at last) to open the Morganza Spillway Saturday afternoon. There’s a lot of sadness happening in the area and throughout the country with a few exceptions, as usual.
I found this to be a “lose/lose” situation. I have a heavy heart for the humans and wildlife that are going to be hurt because of this decision, but it was a call that had to be made. My thoughts and prayers are for all of those who’ve suffered because of the Mississippi River flooding.
A few months ago I found a Groupon for a Honey Island Swamp tour (2 for the price of one!) and jumped on it. Having lived in Southeast Louisiana for over thirty years, I have never taken a swamp tour (yet tempted by all of the signs I see in Slidell), and was very curious about what the tour would reveal.
Offered by Pearl River Eco Tours – located on the far eastern edge of Slidell – the two hour tour was very enjoyable and informative.
Garden of Eden Perfect: low humidity, cool breeze and a lot of sunshine.
The facility itself is easy to find and pretty much nondescript, not a tourist trap at all. What follows are pix taken by my hubby and me. Enjoy. (click on pictures for larger versions)
The people on our boat were from as far away as Hong Kong and as nearby as Picayune, Mississippi. It is a great treat to go into the swamp and get away from everything. At one point on the tour our guide turned of the boat’s engine and we just floated down a lush, green bayou and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the place. The only sound was that of the birds and the breeze.
If you are ever interested in a swamp tour, here’s their website. A tour has to be booked ahead of time due to the popularity. Have fun and bring the sunscreen!
Posted on May 15, 2011, in Culture, Environment, Gulf Coast, Louisiana, New Orleans Women, Northshore, Photography, The Northshore, Wetlands and tagged alligators, Honey Island Swamp, Louisiana, Morganza Spillway, Pearl River Eco Tours, Staycation, swamp tour, weekend trip. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.