A Travellerspoint blog

We do an Air Boat Adventure

New Orleans and Louisiana locals

10 °C

Day 6 and it hasn't yet warmed up. Despite fine weather and clear skies it remains cool at about 10 degrees for us in oz. We felt that it would be good to do a local thing outside of NOLA, so it was off at 10am to go on an "Air boat Adventure" see www.airboatadventures.com

We were collected at the Astor by "billy bob" who was a good ole boy from the bayou. He spoke very quickly and I understood every fifth word. Mandy understood every third word being from Tassie so between the two of us we got most of his tour guide information about NOLA. Whilst he was supposed to be informative, it was more like mobile advertising for places to eat.

About a 50 minute trip on the freeway (everywhere is a freakin freeway) saw us arrive in the bayou at Lafitte on the Bayou Barataria which is an arm of the good ole Mississippi River. We paid for a 6 person Air Boat and given the mentality of the driver (Capt'n creole) and one of the god damns on it; was probably an equivalent of a 4 person job and that's being kind given she is a school teacher.

Interesting place to begin the tour with lots of trailer trash parked nearby. The hurricane didn't affect the place apart from flooding which about kept everyone in doors for months. Probably accounts for the mentality and looks of some of the locals.

The jump off point had a display of white gators which according to the good ole boy get eaten by the population of other gators because of their colour. I think we ate one last night, read on further for details.

Albino gator nicknamed by Tony as Michael Jackson

Albino gator nicknamed by Tony as Michael Jackson

Tony tries to explain the difference between our crocs to one of the locals

Tony tries to explain the difference between our crocs to one of the locals

The air boats are exactly that, very basic and built to fly across the water in shallow or no water situations.

The Air Boat built for six

The Air Boat built for six

The boats come complete with ear muffs which are a necessity. Loved the way Cap'n dick head insisted on explaining things whilst the motor was running and no one could hear a thing.

Cap'n Jerk and his trusty crew

Cap'n Jerk and his trusty crew

The short journey to the Bayou only took a few minutes via a short passage through the open water. Once the Air Boat hits full speed it certainly flys along. Not much worries the boat from shallow water or fallen branches.

An Air Boat in the distance and the spray kicked up by the rear prop

An Air Boat in the distance and the spray kicked up by the rear prop

Into the bayou and noted that many of the trees are yet to recover from recent strong winds (read hurricanes).

In the bayou

In the bayou

More Bayou

More Bayou

Mandy, Bayou and new hair style

Mandy, Bayou and new hair style

Our first Gator siting was for me a disappointment when Capt'n Snooze said this was a real big one......from my experience of crocs in Nth Qld and Northern Territory, this one would be considered a throw back baby.....

Bayou Gator

Bayou Gator

And then Capt'n wanker brought out this pearler. It was his pet and he was as proud as....not sure what. He was really keen to pass it around for everyone to feel and believe it or not pat. He even gave instruction on how best to pat it.... Something not right with this guy. The yank gun laws still worry me with dudes like this being able to associate with the public, us good aussies anyway.

That is a gator in this hand isn't it?

That is a gator in this hand isn't it?

And then it was Mandy's turn to pat the pet. Thank god it wasn't a python or that would have been it; he'd be gator bait himself.

Mandy and Gator

Mandy and Gator

Saw more gators, turtles and apparently a woodpecker. The bird life is generally non existent for such a diverse eco system such as this is supposed to be. We have more birds in 5 minutes in our yard than we saw the entire tour. Maybe it had something to do with the cams worn by our bayou brother.

Is that Cap'n Moron in front of the boat. Hard to tell with him dressed in his cams...

Is that Cap'n Moron in front of the boat. Hard to tell with him dressed in his cams...

The tour lasted for about 2 hours and in my view we had to do it. A rating of 6 out of 10, once done no need to do it again.

Got off the bus (thank god as Bayou Boy was starting to get into his stride with a joke which fell flat) at the Civil War Museum. Interesting place in as much it showed the degree with which the god damns killed each other. Not that Aussies are immune to this type of behaviour, only on a smaller scale. The confederate memorial hall was freezing and is the oldest museum in Louisiana. Saw plenty of old clothes, weapons and visitors. The last vet died in the early 1900's but I swear that a few were still walking around the museum.

Had an early dinner at a New Orleans local favourite and we ate Capt'n gators gator. Had it as an Apertiser and a great steak for entree which is the yank equivalent to our main course.

Best meal in the US of A so far. Glad to be eating the Capt'n favourite pet gator or its balls anyway.

Best meal in the US of A so far. Glad to be eating the Capt'n favourite pet gator or its balls anyway.

Posted by mandt0413 11:53 Archived in USA

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint