This last weekend I toured the Blue Elbow Swamp and Sabine River, in Orange, Texas (just west of the Louisiana border), via airboat, courtesy of two very special ladies. (Thanks again for the good times!)
It may come as a surprise that as someone whose husband has spent countless hours on the water in the Navy and the Coast Guard, I do not have a lot of experience with boats. Especially not high-powered boats. I like the quiet, slow movement of sailboats, row boats, and trolling motors on small fishing boats. Power boats? My very few experiences with power boats in the last 3 years have simply reinforced my preference for little or no power.
Happily, I can report, that while I was totally freaked out by our first sharp turn after speeding down the waterway, and skidding across the water, it wasn’t horrible. Once I got over the freak factor, it was quite enjoyable. Almost like a roller coaster but without the stomach flop. I still gripped the back of my seat when speeding around, just in case, probably more than anyone else on the boat, but I’m ok with that. There was lots of slow going as well so we could stop and see the scenery, take pictures, and scout for gators. Which we saw a few.
I didn’t bring my dSLR so most of the pictures I have to share are courtesy of Janet. I brought my Olympus point and shoot which worked out fine because it spent most of its time in my pocket anyway while I held on to the boat. 🙂
The best thing to do is just leave them alone. Alligators want to be away from you just as much as you want to be away from them.
~ Jack Hannah