Sorry to take so long to get back to this.  This is the last post in my trip to Louisiana series.  The first three posts can be found here, here, and here, (in order).

The reason I took so long to post anything is first there was Rosh Hashana, then Yom Kippur.  After that I had oral surgery before camping out for Sukkot.  It was a very busy month!  But without further ado, I bring you Texas.

Now, to us, TX was the stereotypical TX.  We never imagined swampland.  In fact, we’re followers of graveyardgirl on youtube, and could never understand her whole alligator swamp thing if she lived in TX.  Now we COMPLETELY understand.  We were never as far in as where she is, but enough to see what’s going on.

TX has a really cool welcome station.  The whole thing is sitting on top of a swamp.  You can see below how it sits on pillars.

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Of course we had to pose.

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I roamed the welcome center, grabbing the usual maps, brochures, and educational items.  I left through the back door to see a man talking about a gator in the swamp below.  This is when Lorene completely lost it.

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She called everyone she knew.  “I saw a gator!  I saw a gator!”  She had actually been looking for one the whole trip, and below you can see her in full excite mode when, on our side trip to TX, she finally saw her very own.

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The back porch of the welcome center was absolutely amazing.  I don’t remember how far out it actually went, but it was FAR!

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Below is a panoramic shot.  I hope you’re able to click on it and enjoy the beauty of the swampland.

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Seriously far.

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Here is a closeup of spanish moss.  We were real excited about that because we had just learned about it in homeschool.  The variety of flora here was astounding.

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You would see just about everyone peering over the railings, trying to find their own fauna.  Below is another gator we found on the opposite end of the platform.

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Quite the educational trip!

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Another panoramic shot.

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A really cool tree stump out in the middle of everything.  To me, trees would rot in constant water, but apparently they don’t.  Amazing!

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After all the excitement, crazy Lorene decided to paint her nails while waiting for everyone else to get back.  I could write a post on her and her adventures alone.

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After TX, we came back to LA and paused at Lake Charles.

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Ironically, they had a gator exhibit where you could go right up to them, practically.  But it appears as though these don’t count as an actual sighting since they’re in captivity.

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Aren’t they cute?!!

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Below is some tree that we all believed to be a banana tree.  But if you look closely, you’ll see little green things that look like olives.  Anyone know what this is?

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Lake Charles.

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We had a nice little field trip here.  We observed a fish skeleton…

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And took home a crab claw for observation.  We were studying crustaceans at the time in school.

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That’s it!  A wonderful journey with many memories!  I hope you all enjoyed the pictures as much as we did and consider going there yourselves sometime.  Happy journeys!

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