Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Chasing Alligators...Chompinn’s Bayou Tour

Champagnes Swamp Tour

We mentioned “chasing alligators”….and we did spend a day doing this!!! A beautiful, sunny day with Bryan Champagne…(pronounced “Chompinn” by Bryan, and all Cajuns, in his rolling, French Cajun accent) on St. Martin Lake Bayou. He takes about 14 people out for a swamp tour, in his little flat bottom “pirogue” and hunts down the biggest alligators in the bayou, along with turtles, snakes (yuk!), birds and water fowl.Bayou & cypress tours 034

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Bayou & cypress tours 049 Tommie Sue was our bait, since she was wearing purple…and we all know alligators LOVE purple! (Well, it sounds good!)

TS almost jumped out of the boat when the big guy above thrashed his tail next to her and splashed into the water!

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There are no mosquitoes on this ride, as the swamp is full of Black Gum trees, and the leaves of the Black Gum act as deterrent to mosquitoes.

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The towering Cypress trees were abundant in the bayou. Many of the old plantations and buildings were constructed of this almost indestructible wood, and remain in good condition today, due to it’s resilient qualities.

Bryan Chompinn gave us a wonderful inside glimpse of the Louisiana bayou, wildlife and flora and fauna….it was fun chasing the alligators and we lived to tell about it!!


Randy and Terry said...

We took this tour, too! Loved it. Never realized a swamp could be so beautiful. Enjoy!

Chuck-Kathy said...

You all sure had a great time, so envious, but thanks for sharing. Hope it makes the time at Red Bay a little less stressful.
Hugs, Kathy

Chasingthe70s said...

Very interesting, but you could have omitted the snakes.

Glad you all are enjoying yourselves!

Anonymous said...

Awesome photos!! Thanks so much for sharing! Looks like it was a blast!!

Unknown said...

Oh that looks like so much fun, I must add it to our Bucket Book for when we get down that way.

KarenInTheWoods said...

Those are some fantastic photos.. thanks for taking us along!

Karen and Steve
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