We have booked a swamp tour for the afternoon today, leaving the morning to wander the streets yet again to explore. We decided to roughly follow the perimeter of the French Quarter in a clockwise direction, starting with walking north on Canal St. On N Rampart St which forms the northern boundary of the French Quarter, we find the Louis Armstrong Park.
Di's second gator...
And Elvis, a mature male and about 8 feet long, although they have some here over 10 feet long. He's shy...
We were 2 hours on the trip with Captan Scott and learned a lot. He is clearly a "swamp person" having grown up in a swamp area and still living here catching crawfish and catfish. Very good guide and captain.
One more river shot on the way back - Red Neck Riviera. According to Captain Scott this is where all the locals came for BBQs and swimming in summer. Yep they take their chances.
This is the oldest vertical lift bridge in the state of Louisiana and they open it 5 times a year. We loved the rust. Captain Scott thought that the bridge operator had the best job in the world.
After 5pm and back on the bus to NOLA. On the way we see a few more interesting things. A new vertical lift bridge below. This canal was the source to much of the flooding during Hurricane Katrina as it broke its levees on both sides.
The blue towers are part of the levy system. After the old ones broke, when a barge acted like a battering ram, they built the new ones thicker and stronger. Even so, the city still floods from time to time with only 51% above sea level.
A quick break before dinner and then we head out around 7pm. We decided to have a quieter night and went back to the Crescent City Brewhouse where we know the beer is good and the food is rated ok too. It's busy but after a short wait we get a table on the verandah outside and enjoy the evening. Hans chose well - a jambalaya pasta. Who would have thought?
By 9pm with a few drinks and a big day we were ready to turn in. Boring but it means we can keep going tomorrow. Good night.