We’re now well into our USA Summer Road Trip! We left Houston after a great bit of family fun and headed for Henderson, Louisiana. The drive was relaxed as we listened to The Chess Studio CD we bought back in Portland. As you head into Louisiana the roadside adverts seem to loosely alternate between ‘Casino’, ‘Pro Life’, ‘Adult Store’, ‘Cajun BBQ’, ‘God Loves You’. The landscape is luscious and green, the interstate roads run over long bridges that go on for miles across the swampland below. We headed for the small town of Henderson.
Accommodation: We checked in at Pat’s Water Edge Inn. The Water Edge Inn overlooked the river where we spotted alligators swimming. Pat’s place has been going since 1952 as a restaurant and dance hall which was located next door to the Water Edge Inn. After arriving we headed round to Pat’s for a late night supper and cheeky ill-advised cup of coffee.
The Swamp: Henderson has retained its culture and identity as a small fishing and farming community. One of the best things to do in the area is go for a tour of the swampland. McGees Landing Swamp Tour is the place to do it. We took the 1:00pm tour which left McGees restaurant which is an old wooden building full of character that sits just on the edge of the swamp. The boat set off with our chatty Captain telling us the history of the swamps, the boat headed out and the swamp land stretched as far as the eye could see. Spanish moss hung from the trees, tree stumps jutted from the water and birds flew overhead giving an eerie look to the landscape.
The boat continued deeper into the swamp, the sun beamed down and we relaxed into the tour. Our Captain showed us the water line where the floods had risen to only last year, it must have been at least a metre higher than the usual water depth. The boat stopped for a little while as we watched the alligators in the water. After feeding the alligators we set off back around the swamp admiring the cypress trees and hundreds of Japanese water lilies that cover the surface of the water giving the illusion of solid ground.
The water was busy with wildlife activity, we saw fish jumping out of the water and as we were about to head back into the dock a fish jumped out of the water into the boat and hit me in the face. Theresa screamed so loudly that the other people at the front of the boat thought she’d been attacked by an alligator. I was covered in water and the fish flapped around wildly in the boat while Theresa stood screaming and laughing hysterically. Finally a lovely boy came and rescued us by throwing the fish back into the water. Oh how we laughed!
McGees Landing is also renowned for their fish restaurant which serves up local sourced grub daily, after the tour we sat down to eat. The Homemade Onion Rings were mind blowing. They also have a little shop inside selling all kinds of gifts, our Mum bought this lovely straw hat with a floral band which is perfect for the summer sun.
Vintage Bathing Suit: After the hot day of swamp touring we headed to the pool for a much needed dip. I wore my latest vintage bathing suit that was in our vintage care package from Norma. It’s perfect for romping around poolside. As we splashed around in the pool we talked about the variety of landscapes we have seen since entering America two months ago and what’s still in store.
“Wherever you look there are inspirations, books, literature, paintings, landscapes, everything. Just living is an inspiration.” – Gavin Rossdale
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