On a recent trip to New Orleans, my wife Sharon and I visited the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, where we took a 90 minute boat ride along the waterways that flow into Lake Cataouatche. While there was a certain Disneyesque quality to the tour–passengers may be reminded of the safari boat ride–the animals, especially the alligators, are most definitely real and not animatronics. However contrived, the ride was a pleasant opportunity to see something natural and wonderful beyond the confines of the French Quarter. We had a great time taking lots of pictures, while listening to a very entertaining tour guide introduce us to the (mostly) native beauty of a land that you may not know is less than 30 minutes south of the Superdome.
[photo credit: David Martínez]