This morning we took an airboat ride on the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp. We had to do it in two shifts because one of their boats was being repaired and the other one could take a maximum of only nine passengers. I was in the first group who went at 10:00. We were issued protective ear muffs. Our tour guide, Tucker, was very interesting and knowledgeable. We loved his Cajun accent. I sat next to him and he told me that, if we got lost, it would be my fault. :>) Invasive plants covered a large area of the swamp but the air boat cut right through them.
We saw three alligators, one of which came right up to the boat to take the marshmallows from Tucker. He even petted the 'gator! At one place he pulled up some of the swamp plants and showed us the kinds of animals living among them. He also showed us a crested night heron's nest with three chicks in it. Tucker lives in a two-story houseboat which he had built himself.
After the tour my group went to Pat's Fisherman's Wharf for some good seafood. I tried the turtle soup. It was rather spicy and was quite tasty. For a long time I had been wanting to try turtle soup, and now was my chance. The meat was of about the same consistency as roast beef. We ate outside and could look down into a pool where three alligators and several turtles lived.