Saturday, August 17, 2013

How many alligators do you see???

As promised I am posting our trip to the
alligator park.
This has to be the most amazing and creative recycle
I have ever seen.... gotta love the teeth...

We started out by seeing a few baby alligators...

A fabulous peacock who was obviously
 angry with her mate...

Some emu...

And the goats who were really 
excited to be feed....

Then we started to see more alligators.
Like this crusty old guy...
(so far I am up to 2 unless you want to count
the semi truck...then we are at 3 alligators!!!)

...and this one that was almost completely hidden!!!
 Doesn't he look like he couldn't possibly
move even if he wanted too!!!

Then we found these two...
 at first we could only see one, but then the second one
swam out a little closer...

More babies...
(are you keeping up? I will tell you my total
at the end of the post!!!)

Here is the mossy one...

OK...this is where counting gets complicated.
We went to the alligator feeding at 11:30...
and they were waiting...

Then more alligators started to show up...

...and then the boat came out and this
young woman started to throw out
pieces of chicken attached to a wire!!!

It was really quite a show!!!

Loved how the boat was all beat up from the
many 11:30 feedings!!!

As if we didn't get enough with one feeding
we had to also go to the other feeding.
This one was even more up close and personal...

And this time the girl slid the chicken out to
them on a fishing line. how many alligators could you see!
However many you counted... that is correct..
You are the winner...
see me later and I have a real alligator
head for YOU!!!
(and you think I'm kidding!!!)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Our trip with our good friends...

 During the 4th of July weekend
we went on a trip to
Natchitoches, LA. with our friends
Michele and Leo Smith.
On the way, we stopped at Hodges Gardens.
 We enjoyed the beautiful waterfalls....

...and lots of flowers.

Some fun little critters...

...and some not so little.

While we were at Natchitoches...we stopped in at
 Stephen Wanger's art gallery.
He makes these beautiful pictures of Louisiana from
recycled Mardi Gras beads. Oak Alley is just one of his
amazing works of art.  A lot of his work features scenes
from hurricane Katrina and the strength of the 
Louisiana spirit.

After getting in our traditional shopping spree of
downtown Natchitoches, we found
the perfect spot to watch the fireworks.
It was a perfect night...enjoying the company
 of fun friends in semi-low humidity.
The next day we went to the Alligator park 
on the outskirts of Natchitoches.
I wasn't really sure what to expect but
it wasn't this...this was amazing...
and it deserves its own post.
Come back in a couple of days and it will be ready
to amaze and astound!!!