Sunday, April 29, 2007

"See ya later, alligator."


About 20-25 miles from the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans, a roaring, bone-jarring air boat sped us through marshes and bayous out to where the birds, snakes and alligators live.

Our guide carried a bag of marshmallows and apparently had taught a few of the critters to come over to the boat when we stopped. .

He told stories and Cajun jokes as he splashed his hand in the murky water and tossed out the little white sugar treats.

I mumbled "Crikey!"

We seemed worlds away from a city and area trying to recover from natural and bureaucratic disasters. Here was Mother Nature and a few of her more colorful creatures.

If you've ever complained about the annoying high pitch whine of a Jet Ski, stay away from an Air boat with its rear-mounted airplane engine and wire-enclosed whirling propeller! The provided ear protectors did help me keep my hat on my head.

The 3 hour tour was great but I looked forward to being back in the city, sipping a cold Abita Amber on Bourbon Street.

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At Tue May 01, 05:41:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marshmallows? Junk food can't be good for their teeth can it? ;)

At Fri Jul 20, 09:28:00 PM , Blogger chuckography said...

The 'gator had tears in his eyes.


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