When I visit a new place, I think, “I have to do as much as I can. Who knows when I’ll be back?” After all, tomorrow isn’t promised. That’s why I fit in as much as I could on my short trip to New Orleans. I booked a swamp tour ($29 a person without transportation; $59 with pickup) at Honey Island Swamp, about 45 minutes outside New Orleans, through Cajun Encounters. I pictured an airboat speeding through the swamp, but that’s actually a different tour. We rode on a larger boat that fits about 20 people. While it wasn’t an airboat, it does get pretty breezy — and chilly.
Once we exited the swamp we went down the river again to see camps on stilts. The captain told us that during Katrina the water rose up to 25 feet above the level it’s at now. I imagined how frightening and dangerous that must have been. After a 15 or so minute ride we arrived in an area about 2 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, where he said a couple of alligators were known to hang out. We spotted those two small gators, stopped for photos and then headed back. While we didn’t see that many alligators — it was just the start of the season — the tour was worth the cost to see the landscape and views.