The Atchafalaya Basin

Our day began mid-morning with a carpool trip to Henderson, LA, to take an Atchafalaya Swamp tour.  The Atchafalaya Basin is America’s largest river swamp ecosystem.  I had the privilege of working on a US Army Corps of Engineers planning project dealing with the Atchafalaya Basin from April 1977 through March 1981.  It is still one of the highlights of my career.

We arrive at McGee’s Landing, and after bathroom stops, boarded a tour boat for a brief trip into the basin.  Actually, we didn’t get out of sight of I-10, and didn’t experience the semi-wilderness aspects of the Atchafalaya, but it was a nice tour.

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We did see a number of water birds, and several alligators.

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The tour guide, a dyed-in-the-wool Cajun, was entertaining, with a fairly accurate description of the swamp, and a large array of Cajun jokes.  After the brief tour, we returned to McGee’s for lunch, where we enjoyed a grilled shrimp salad or a fried shrimp po’boy. 

Late afternoon saw a couple of fellow RVers consulting about the refrigerator door problem.  There appears to be a good fix, but we don’t want to rush into things!

Dinner was at Mulate’s at Breaux Bridge.  Kay had fried catfish with an etouffee sauce on top, and I had a Cajun salad.  The food was okay, though Kay’s catfish was almost burned on the bottom.  Both of our dishes were grossly overpriced, but we had a coupon that helped reduce the cost.  The restaurant had a good authentic Cajun band, and Kay “encouraged” me to dance with her.  It took a minute or so to get the Texas 2 Step looking halfway decent, but we managed to make it around the floor a time or two. 

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