Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Do you know where Vermillion Parish, Louisiana is?

The swamps of the bayou in the Mississippi Delta area of Louisiana are legendary.  There are TV shows about the people who live there.  They are a rugged frontier sort of people who live off the land and do things there own way.  Most of them travel by boat a lot of the time.  But what can you find in the swamps of the bayou?
A lot.

First, you'll find the most famous area residents.  There are alligators there.  The locals have a relationship with them.  They feed them for the tourists.  They hunt them.  There's even one family that has one as a pet.  I'm not sure that would be for me, but hey, whatever.

If you want to see the wildlife, go fishing or hunting, the air boat is the most realistic experience out there.  These captains will take you around and show you things that you didn't even know really happened in a swamp.  The air boat is unique, and gives you a thrilling experience.

Many of the locals have their own air boats.  They are a tradition down there.
And there are other traditions too.  The locals will take you to hunt alligator with the proper permits.  They'll also take you fishing if that's what you would like.  You can go camping in the bayou and boating.  It's fun for everyone.  So, if you've ever wondered about those shows you see on TV about swamp people, this is your chance to find out first hand.
If you're lucky, they'll cook you up some Endouie Sausage at the local restaurants.
You'll love Lake Fausse State Park with it's options for primitive and even canoe camping.

Imagine yourself canoeing or going with a guide through this lush tropical rainforest, looking for gators along the way.

the sunsets are beautiful too.
So, don't think twice.  Take a step outside yourself and look at a lifestyle that you've only heard about and maybe seen on reality TV.  The people here do live off the land.  They do take boats more often than cars.  The do have houses on stilts.  Come and see it all.  Come and see the land, watch the gators or hunt them.  Go fishing, air boating, and even spend an evening cooking with the locals.  It's an outstanding trip to another place and time.


So, what are you waiting for?  There's a truly unique lifestyle there that needs exploring.  Don't waste time.  You never know when a storm will come along and destroy it all for a while.  After all, this is where Katrina hit.  Come feed an alligator.  Come and see the bayou. 

So, try out some Zydeco music, have some Creole cooking, learn about the Acadian people, and look for some gators.  The bayou is one of the most unusual places in the world.  It's well worth a look.

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