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Thursday, February 23, 2012

mission complete

Wednesday morning we woke up to thick clouds and it looked like it could start raining at anytime. The temperature was supposed to be in the mid 70's so we said "what the heck" and headed out on the bike for our last day here.
When we decided to spend some time here we had a short list of things we wanted to see and do. I wanted to see some of the countryside on the motorcycle and eat some good Cajun food. Rudee wanted to go to the area where they filmed Swamp People for TV and see an alligator.
We got all those accomplished except the alligator. Everywhere we rode we kept a look out in all the bodies of water we passed hoping to see one but no luck :-(.
Today we headed southwest towards Abbeyville, La. and US 82. This road goes south into the swamp area and eventually to the coast before turning west towards Texas. We could not go too far since we started late in the morning but this is marked as a scenic route and we wanted to take advantage of as much of it as time would allow.
We had a quick lunch in Abbeyville and headed into the swamp. We crossed over the inter coastal waterway over a large bridge and the area became less populated with only a few houses and some fishing cabins. There was a large channel of water that parallel both sides of the road and we saw lots of birds and turtles. We rode for about an hour and turned round at Pecan Point to head back. Something caught my eye next to the water a few miles before turning around and I made a mental note to check it out on the way back.
I found the spot and there it was, an alligator, sunning itself on the opposite bank. We watched for a few minutes and as soon as I fired up the Harley it jumped back into the water :-).
A few hundred feet up the road Rudee said "there's another one" and then we came upon these four. Rudee thinks it is two mothers and their youngin's but I'm not so sure, after all spring is in the air :-).
Mission complete! We not only saw one alligator but six with in 1/2 mile of each other!
Thursday will be a travel day for us. We are heading for Vicksburg, Mississippi to check out some Civil War sites. I'll keep you posted.

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