We pulled into Two O’Clock Bayou in the late afternoon on a beautiful June day. Launching our crafts, we moved into the Bayou and began our adventure. Moving the boats down the bayou, we easily paddled through the silent waters reaching the edge of a large pit where we were able to observe the flowering lily’s which were swaying languidly in the breeze, some of which had pads that were easily 3’ across.
Backing away from our watery perch at the edge of the pit, we continued to move into the depths of the Atchafalaya Basin, and we began to see more of the abundant wildlife – easily spotting small alligators, turtles, birds, fish and multiple species of arachnids that glided across our path on gossamer threads.
The birds we observed included a pair of yellow “Cajun canaries” that monitored our progress with a critical eye. The amount of nature we observed was astounding, and too soon we reached our turn around point, and began our trek back were we were delivered a respite from the heat as a cool shower refreshed while the sun continued to shine. Once we returned to the put in point, we enjoyed conversation and a brief yet delicious lunch before parting ways.
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-Jon Perkins, Trip Leader