October 1, 2011 – Shell Bank Bayou

To get to this destination, Jed and I traveled on Old U.S. 51 (which runs parallel to I-55.)  This highway has lots of character and unusual inhabitants (like the kids we saw casually riding their bikes in the middle of the road.)

For this outing, we wondered if we might be able to meander our way over to Lake Maurepas.  We certainly gave it an honest effort but the waterway turned to a silty mud.

Paddling through this moderately thick floating vegetation was fun because of all of the frogs that were leaping about. The cricket frogs were abundant!

… and so were the dragonflies.   We observed some fierce competition between males.

A fish jumped out of the water and right into the canoe!

Afterwards, we had lunch at a restaurant that overlooked Lake Pontchartrain.  When we finished eating, we watched this alligator hanging out (possibly looking for a handout?)

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