Visiting cajun country

17 Jun
Having people come visit is a good excuse to get out and do some touristy stuff. While Mom was here, we headed down south a piece into the bayou and the real Cajun country. We stopped at a little tourist trap known as the Cajun Village. Here’s all it had to offer:
Of course, the first thing we did was to head back to the alligator pond to see if we could catch sight of the two gators who inhabit the area, Nubby and Big Boy. All we saw was an old pond.

We did, however, see this guy sitting outside one of the shops in the village. Yup, that’s a real gator head.

Also to be seen were some enormous dragonflies. I wish this picture had something to scale it for you, but these suckers were so big and stayed so still I thought they were fake at first. If I had to guess, I’d say some of them were as big as my palm.

We strolled around the shops and looked at all the Louisiana heritage type stuff. The shops were all preserved houses from the area. I’m not sure if the buildings were in their original location or had been moved from elsewhere, but they are from the time period when Cajun communities thrived in the bayou.

After sweating to death in the village, we headed north a few more miles to eat at a place I’ve heard has the best red beans and rice in the area. Let me tell you, those were some good beans and rice! The fried shrimp and fried catfish were good too! Unfortunately, the oil disaster in the Gulf meant that they’d had to raise the price of their shrimp, but it was still worth it.

The day wasn’t completely devoid of alligators!

This guy was carved from a fallen tree, and is all one big piece. He’s much bigger than a real gator, with the added bonus that he doesn’t bite.

3 Responses to “Visiting cajun country”

  1. the Bag Lady June 18, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    That carved gator is the only one I would be willing to get close to! Very cool.Hope you and your mom have (had?) a great visit. Thanks for sharing the Cajun village – very interesting.

  2. maybe June 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    I'm appreciate your writing style.Please keep on working hard.^^

  3. Leta June 22, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    I certainly enjoyed my visit and am looking forward to returning in July!Mom


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