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First Time to New Orleans – Airboat Swamp Tour

New Orleans

The Airboat Ride

I must confess, when we signed on for this Airboat Swamp Tour I severely underestimated the speed of these airboats! I mean, I had to literally hold onto my baseball cap as I would’ve lost it in the Bayou. I didn’t think Captain Gary would start off so quickly, and the wind on my face and the loudness of the airboat… well, let’s just say I wore those ear muffs that were optional to us, for most of the tour!

But, it was exhilarating. And when another airboat was speeding past us going the opposite direction, it was as if Captain Gary was deliberately driving into the waves of the other airboat to make it a more ‘wavy’ ride. Yes, I confess that was super fun too.

We were going so fast that when Captain Gary and the other family behind us mentioned a huge gator that just dunked into the swamp water, I didn’t really see it, except for maybe a fleeting image out of the corner of my eye.

Holding a Baby Gator!

I think it was my son that spotted a baby gator swimming around, and Captain Gary slowed to a stop, brought out his big net and brought that baby gator onboard!

Now we were told this was a baby gator, but from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail, he looked like he was approaching 4 feet in length. It was heavy when I was the first one to hold it, and holding it in a certain way that Captain Gary showed us. Surprisingly, it was still and motionless when holding the gator in this fashion.

Everyone on the airboat got a chance to hold the baby gator. I was hesitant at first, but it was a great experience. I have a lot more respect (and maybe less fear, perhaps) of alligators, although keeping in mind that a human is prey if caught swimming around at night in the middle of the Bayou! Captain Gary talked about poachers sneaking into the area and hunting alligators for their skin and meat (yes, my son tried an alligator hotdog and we bought some alligator jerky for my wife’s co-workers).

All in all, this was a very awesome tour through the Louisiana Bayou Country, one that I’ll never forget.

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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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