Final Bus Ride
We had to take our final bus ride before 11:00 this morning, so we got up, got ready and went out for breakfast.
We found a place near where we were getting picked up called Two Chicks Cafe.
Curtis had a breakfast from there and Kim had a (huge) omelette.
We ate our food, paid and then left. We had a couple of hours to kill before we were getting picked up, so we walked around for a bit and then decided to go for a coffee.
We found a place called Mammoth Espresso.
Curtis had a cappucino and Kim had an iced vanilla latte.
We wasted a bit more time and then went to the hotel to get picked up.
We waited for about 10 minutes and then the bus arrived. It was a decent sized bus and the driver had the same name as Kim!
We waited for a while and picked up a few people én route before heading on the way.
It took about 45 minutes or so to drive up to where we were doing the swamp tour.
Our driver was very knowledgable and was telling us information about everything we passed and the difference between different places within New Orleans.
We got to the swamp tour area with the tour company (Cajun Encounters Tour Co.) and waited for a while whilst they organised.
We were finally called by the captain and off we went. There were 20 people on our boat and shortly after boarding we were off.
The first stop was to look at how they catch crawfish and we saw some in the trap also. They’re basically small lobsters.
We then moved on to our first alligator of the tour. This one was a decent size, around 10ft and the guide we were with fed it some sausage. It was happy with this and we got to see it jumping for the food.
We left this area and had a bit of stroll around the water. It was quite peaceful, until we turned on the engine and went pretty fast to get to the next area.
In the next area, we went through a bayou which was quite thin. After that, we stopped and waited for a long while to see if we could see any wild boars, but none appeared. We did see a baby alligator though.
We left this area and started heading out. As we did so, the storm started to roll in and then eventually, so did the rain, thunder and lightning.
We saw some houses which have no road access. They do have electricity and well water, but to get to and from the land they must use a boat.
We did a bit more fast boating and then headed back to the dock as the storm was getting worse.
We got back and got absolutely drenched…
We waited for a while for the bus to arrive and, once it did, everyone boarded whilst very wet.
All-in-all, the tour wasn’t that great. We were only out on the water for around an hour or so and only saw some trees and 2 alligators, and we got wet. But, of course, it is nature so you can never guarantee what you’ll see.
When we eventually got back to the centre, it was still raining but a little less bad then it was before.
We found a place called Oceana for dinner. They sell pretty much anything you’d want as well as traditional New Orleans food.
Curtis got crawfish fettuccine and Kim got blackened chicken fettuccine. Both meals were actually great and then Kim had a banana and strawberry ice cream cake.
Home Time & Packing
We will be flying out of New Orleans tomorrow, after a fun filled and busy 6 days.
We got an Uber home from the restaurant and then packed up our things to leave early tomorrow morning.
This is the final stop on our US trip as we head elsewhere for our next adventure!
Mr & Mrs Hale