Friday, October 26, 2007

Geeked Out!



Our swamp guy, Bryan Champagne designed and built his own boat for the tours. He did this because he needed a boat that could have both power and handle going over waterlogged, tough wood and shallow waters and not tip over...an idea I fully supported...
We had several activities planned out during our trip to San antonio, through Texas and then to Cajun Country and New Orleans. Among these activities were a couple I was super geeked out to do...one go to Mission Control in Houston, see as many bands in New Orleans, visit the devastation and to go on a swamp tour. We had a lovely guide for our two hour swamp trip and if you get a chance look up Bryan Champagne and take one of his tours...


The trees are wider at the base because they have absorbed the water, they are cypress trees and along with redwood/sequoia trees, are the only tree species native to America.



Okay, this sort of looks like one of those Loch Ness pics...but you might be able to see how subtle and cleverly disguised these aligators are on the water. The ones we saw were "babies" but I still wouldn't go anywhere near them...but kind of cute...I like how their eyes and nose peek out...

Tuffy P and I down on the bayou ( a marshy outlet of a river or lake) The word bayou is likely from: The Choctaw Indian Nation is a Muskogean tribe also known as Chakchiuma, or Chatot. They call themselves Chahta in the Choctaw language, which was the name of a legendary Choctaw leader, and also means "the people."

Today, the Choctaw are split into three separate federally recognized tribes, each with their own government, as well as several state recognized choctaw tribes.

The two largest tribes are the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (Choctaw Tribe) and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (Choctaw Nation). The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians live on a reservation, which is land that belongs to the tribe and is under their control. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma lives on trust land.

Stagg and Mister Anchovy swamping it...

5 comments:

L.M. said...

I'm dumb enough to petan alligator only because they seem to be smiling. AAAAAAAAWWWWWWWW!

Welcome back to dry land.

Candy Minx said...

Dry land is right...when I left New Orleans it was raining so crazy I had to take pics because I am sure no one will believe me. And then I was driving to the drought area of Georgia and Tennesee...fortunately-ish...the rain came with me.

Glad to be back L.M. I'll be over to say hi shortly making my rounds...so wonderful to be blogging again, funny how much I missed it even though I was having a great time on travels...

Underground Baker said...

I've got someone here who is very impressed with the alligator shots. I am too!

I'm hoping things have settled down here. I have been insanely busy.

xoxox

mister anchovy said...

The shot with the bird taking off is really beautiful. I tried to get one of those several times, but I was just a little too late each time and ended up with several shots of the swamp sans bird. (Hey, weren't those cracklins tasty?)

Red said...

Scary stuff, Candy! Some of these images give me the fear: I don't have a phobia as such, but I think crocs (and alligators) and sharks are the scariest animals out there. Both such primitive killing machines, I wouldn't want to come face to face with either of them. Respect to you guys for venturing out on the bayou!