This trip was superb from start to finish. You're picked up in a fairly new model passenger van, and driven across Lake Pontchartrain.
A stop for a short break, then off to the launch point for the Cane Bayou.
The company provides watertight boxes for cell phone, car keys, etc, and waterproof bags for larger items. The group is asked whether anyone is on a time constraint so that the guide will know what to do. A short explanation for the best way to keep a kayak paddle from soaking you as you paddle, and off you go. By the way, this is one of the few companies that provides a choice of kayak or canoe. We choose a canoe. You should wear clothing and footwear that can get wet. Sunscreen is a must, too.
The guide is always on the lookout for various plants and animals, and talks about their place in the ecosystem. We saw snakes, turtles, several alligators, and a glimpse of ospreys in their nest on our way out to the lake.
It's very short paddle over to a spot on the lakeshore for a lunch break. I recommend that you let them supply you with a po'boy sandwich .. the shrimp po'boy was better than anything I'd had in New Orleans proper.
After eating, some photos, and looking over the marsh, it's time for the paddle back. As we passed the osprey nest, at least three were flying around over us. During the paddle back, our group spread out a bit sometimes, gathered back close sometimes, and generally had a wonderful time and great conversation.
After hauling out, we hop in the van and drive to a local ice cream shop for a treat from the company.
The drive back is on the east side of the lake, as the southbound causeway apparently isn't a comfortable ride in a van.
We're told that the pictures that the guide took will be shared with us on Flickr later.
If you're looking for a great nature trip, this is the company to use.
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