Headed southwest out of Lafayette Friday morning toward the gulf coast along the Creole Nature Trail, which winds its way from the bayou, across the Intracoastal Waterway, and on the the marshlands bordering the Gulf of Mexico. An incredible, desolate drive. Well, desolate except for the literally thousands of alligators (and birds, and fish, etc.).
Ron brought his fishing gear and dropped in a line at the spot seen here, where he had the alligators to keep him company. I walked up and down the road quite a ways while he fished and there were at least five alligators--often more--visible on each side of the road at all times. (The road is flanked by waterways and marsh on both sides for about 50 miles.)