A popular tourist destination practically in our own backyard is Avery Island. Located about 3 hours from New Orleans, 30 minutes from Lafayette, and 10 minutes from New Iberia, Avery Island is home to Tabasco, that famous peppery sauce now found all over the world. You can take a tour of the factory and enjoy a brief movie which tells the history of Tabasco. A stop at the gift shop makes it possible to taste many Tabasco products and purchase those you enjoy. I tried jalapeno ice cream for the first time! They also have a new flavor, raspberry chipotle, available to try.
Avery Island is also home to the Jungle Gardens. Egrets, herons, spoonbills, and ibeses make their home in Bird City and each Spring some 20,000 nests are built there. It is now necessary to bring in more that 30 truckloads of twigs for nesting materials.
Alligators make their homes in the ponds on the Island. When we pulled up to one of the ponds to take pictures, we were amazed when 7 gators made their way to the shallow water to watch and wait. We assume they were used to being fed; although, guests are asked NOT to feed them or approach them.
I didn't think that we had visited Jungle Gardens on our trip, but you pics show a very familiar scene. I don't know if you or any of the other MRIs (unfortunate acronym, eh?) are good on plantation homes, but we stayed at one on our trip and cannot recall what it was called ... any ideas ...
Nottoway is the name of the plantation and it is located in White Castle, Louisiana. It is one of our favorite plantations. We spent a night there as a wedding gift from a group of our bicycling friends. We went at Christmas and it was just magical. The front porch looks over the levee at the Mississippi River. There are numerous plantations along River Road that are well worth the visit. It is certainly time for us to make another visit.
Thanks ... yes, I recall the name now. We are planning our major trip for 2013 at the moment and are trying to sinc with a trip through some of the southern states at the time of Jazz Fest. My hope is to fly from New Zealand to Dallas (?) and then do a round trip to Austin, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans and then back to Dallas with a number of stop-overs. I'll be looking for advice soon!
Husker, if you create the post, the edit button is normally off to the right margin.... As far as these posts..while your in "Communications" I'm not sure the edit button shows up. If you click on the main title and the whole thread opens up, there usually is an edit button.... I'm sure this isn't new info, just an FYI