Jun
16
2013

Hot, Buggy and Beautiful

We had a chance to visit the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, which is just south of New Orleans and walk on one of the park trails.

It is, be warned, hot (94F, 32C) by 9 am, buggy – mosquitoes and biting flies – , full of wild life and beautiful. We did just under 4 miles in a morning to walk out to a canal to look for aligators

What you can see

What you can see

In addition to alligators we saw several nonpoisonous snakes, a couple of species of lizards, turtles, frogs and several birds, including prothonatory warblers and a swallow-tailed kite (which is a bit rare).

The trail goes through marsh and swamp

A wooded cypress marsh

A wooded cypress marsh

The border of the open swamp

The border of the open swamp

Here are a few of the critter’s we saw

Dragon fly on a Buttonbush

Dragon fly on a Buttonbush

A real gecko

A real gecko

A very large slider/scooter (50cm or so long)

A very large slider/scooter (50cm or so long)

The trail itself is well-shaded and almost all on a boardwalk made from recycled soda bottles.

The trail (mostly)

The trail (mostly)

Google Earth view of the trail

Google Earth view of the trail

A gpx file of the walk is attached here

Written by Rob in: outdoors,trail map,Wildlife |

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