After visiting Boston I wanted to head someplace a little bit warmer, so I found a gig doing deliveries to a Baton Rouge maritime lawyer and off to Louisiana I went!
I know most people head to Louisiana to see New Orleans, and while I have been there before and appreciate it’s beauty and culture, the world is a big place and I want to see as much of it as I can. What I hadn’t seen before were the bayous in Baton Rouge.
The first thing that comes to mind when I thought of a bayou was one of those motor boats with a huge sort of fan on the back of it. I thought of swamp lands, crocodiles, an episode of Naked and Afraid I once saw, and a whole lot of wildlife.
I know this isn’t the typical mediterranean adventure I find myself in, but I also have a great love of the outdoors, so I was very pleasantly surprised to learn my preconceived notions about the bayou were more or less true.
I find nature to be incredibly calming, and so I found a local tour group to bring me hiking through Indian Bayou one day when I had the entire day to myself.
We started off by meeting at just a regular parking lot. We took one of those boats, which I learned is called a fanboat, through the swamplands. That was an amazing experience in and of itself. The boat can get up to 135 mph, but our tour guide was only going at 60 mph to make sure we were traveling safely.
Nothing can describe the views of the swamplands adequately, but I will say they were breathtaking for someone who loves nature.
We stopped off at the edge of the Indian bayou and began our hike. This is unlike a standard hike where you are hiking upwards. The bayou is thick with trees and wetlands, but you don’t hike upwards. We followed a makeshift path through the bayou for hours.
I saw many wild animals on the hike, including crocodiles, armadillos, and tons of birds. I never really considered myself a bird watcher before, but when you’re out in the swamplands, everything catches your attention.
I look forward to the day when I hike the Bayou again, but for now, I’m heading out of the country. Any guesses where I’m off to next?