Friday, August 26, 2016

Champagne Cajun Swamp tour,Breaux Bridge LA

Cajun swamp tour, rated number one on Trip Advisor, all it didn't disappoint. We visited this tour from Poches RV Park

A big cypress tree, very old

a cypress forest

Its not that we are unfamiliar with alligators, we live on a lake, but with small gators. The big ones are removed, now I know were they may be.

Acres of water Lilly pads and many in bloom

I would be careful of picking flower here with all the gators
This is a huge blue heron

Another huge white heron
See the reflection
A large turtle

Keeping cool or hunting

I see you!

Another tour boat

Keep out if my space

Just neat and different

Ready to strike


Black Crowned Night Heron, I believe that's his name

Sorry for all the pictures, but it was hard to choose from all the pictures we took. It was a fun and wonderful tour. Thanks for following along. We did this tour in May


Thursday, August 25, 2016

A dog named Lilly

     We took a swamp tour with Champagne’s Cajun Swamp Tours. A super tour that had Linda taking hundreds of photos.   But first, a  dog named Lilly that acted just like our beloved lilly that we lost several years ago. We offered to take lilly home with us, but they had an attachment  to her like we had with our lilly.  We thought she was our lilly incarnated. But on with the tour, even if we had tears in our eyes. Other pet lovers know what we mean.

Tour in our next blog update

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Poches RV Park, Breaux Bridge LA, and Poche market and restaurant

Trying to catch up on our 2016 western tour. We are only several months behind.  We are 113 days into our trip.
     Picking up where we left off. After leaving Abita Springs we traveled a short distance to Breaux Bridge LA to one of our favorite campgrounds. That would be Poches RV Park. While there we visited several great LA restaurants.  One, our number one was Poche Market and Restaurant. It was super and the reason why it is rated number one on Trip Advisor. We also visited several other cities from here and other attractions plus other eateries which we will list in a follow up blog.   

Bob's BBQ pork steak

Linda's catfish platter

Look how thick it is

For our friends from Louisiana

Nothing fancy, this is the menu

Part of their meat selection

Poches RV Park

We really enjoy this park. Fishing at the back of your site. Passport America Sunday to Thursday  then Good Sam the rest of the week. There are about 5 or 6 large stocked ponds with great fishing. The roads have been paved since we were here last. Sites are full hook up with 30/50 amp electric. Back in cement pad.  2 or 3 pull thrus sites. There is a small pool. There is a small clean laundry. Clean restrooms and showers. Few OTA TV channels. Great people work at the check in. Over all the park is very clean and well kept. The only thing missing is cable TV. The park is nice and quiet. There is shopping near by.  The roads getting to the park were really bad coming from I10, I mean very very bad. This should not detract from the park rating. The lady in the office told us about an easy way to get to I49 and the roads were much much better.

Monday, July 4, 2016

An update on our 2016 trip west

     Today two months into our “western tour” we sat down and started to make a list of the National parks, monuments, state parks and state major attractions we visited so far. Following is a list of those attractions in no particulate order. 

     Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley  Navajo Tribal Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, Gooseneck State Park, Edges of the Cedars State Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Grand Canyon, North Rim, National Park, Sand Island Petrographas, Valley  of the Gods, Bandelier National Monument, The Manhattan Project National Historic Park – Los Alamos,  Twin Rocks – Bluff UT, Fort Bluff, Mexican Hat – UT, Moki Dugway.

     Hopefully we didn’t miss any natural wonders or sites.  We have well over 1500 photo’s and are now trying to go through them and get them organize. Here are just a few. Here is a peek at  some of our photo's, not necessary in order.  We still didn't down load some of the recent photo's from the past week and a half.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Guadalupe National Park
    Just our luck, wanted to hike a few short trails
 So we toured other parts of the park still open. This is Frijole Ranch House, a very interesting story.

Bandelier National Monument

Take the picture already, I made it to the top

The Manhattan Project National Historic Park Los Alamos

Mesa Verde National Park

Walking thru history

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Why is Linda and our guide, plus some others from a different tour laying on their backs Looking up

Both our guide and the guide from the other group sang Navajo chants. This was a holy place for the Navajo. The hole is in a large rock outcropping you can walk under. It is like a hole in a ceiling.
  The totem pole rock, most all the rocks had names.

I believe this was called the family

Hovenweeps National Monument

A young jackrabbit

A very steep trail, if you can call it a trail

Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum Thousand of artifacts

Found intact
Gooseneck State Park curve by the San Juan river

Moki Dugway, a dirt and gravel road up up and away. Don't look over the side

I said don't look down

Curve after curve
 The GPS was going nuts.

That is were we came from.