Thursday, May 18, 2017

2016 Road Trip.....May 15th LA to TX & Back-Part 1

On Sunday, May 15th, Daughter had off from work so we took a little road trip.
Want to guess where we went?

We visited an animal park in Bayou Pierre called the Natchitoches Alligator Park.

So here is the sign after you enter the enclosed park.  Beware the gators!


And look at this first vicious critter we encountered.  And he wasn't even behind a barrier for our safety!!!

We went up a walkway to a natural bayou area where the gators were just being gators in their natural environment and us humans were behind fencing.......

A sleepy alligator.
You can't hardly see this gator for the weeds.

A big old gator shot from between the bars and trees.  Yikes!

Then it was over to the area with the baby alligators in the baby pool.
For an additional price they'd come over and let you hold one of the babies and have your picture took.
Um, I passed on that one.

So we took goofy photos instead for free.......

They had an inside exhibit alligators that they couldn't put out in the general population.  They all had something about them that wouldn't let them "fend" for themselves with the others.  I guess you'd call them "special needs" gators.

This guy had a deformed snout and crooked teeth..

They had some inside exhibits of  snakes and another exhibit of racooms behind very dirty filthy plexi-glass.

Evidently they use to have a rare albino alligator at this gator park, Edgar the Albino Alligator.
Unfortunately Edgar passed away a few years back and they have had him stuffed and preserved so he is now an "ex-gator".
This is the best shot I could take of him through the nasty plexi-glass......

Then it was back outside to feed the emus...

A short video of us feeding one of the emus.....

Then of course we had to feed the ponies.......

But the pygmy goats were one of Daughter's favorites.

She wanted to take one home that took a special shine to her.

This one fella got quite up close and personal and nibbled on her ear..........

Then it was back to all things gator.

The announcement that the Alligator Feeding Show was about to begin sent us off to that area.

"Please Be Safe.  Do not stand, sit, climb or lean over fences!  If you fall, the alligators will eat you and that might make them sick!  Thank You."

Goodness knows I don't want to be responsible for making gators sick........

Here are some little gators swarming along the shore line before the feeding frenzy started.

They had a boat of sorts on a pulley and the guy in it pulls the boat out into position in the bayou.
Wearing gloves and hooking a whole chicken onto a wire, he then dangles it over the side of the boat and the gators jump to get it.

Gators waiting for lunch.....

A big gator getting antsy and started jumping even before the chicken gets dangled.......

I caught the moment this gator took the "lunch" clear off the wire.

Then amidst the feeding frenzy this HUGE gator sleeping on the opposite shore must have smelled lunch and threw himself into the water with a loud WHACK! and everybody in the bleachers turned to look.

More shots of gators jockeying for lunch......

You can see the wooden sheathing on that "boat" has also been eaten away from many gator feeding sessions.

Here's a short video I got all the feeding frenzy too........

This was a different algae filled pool with some small gators, also algae covered.

A random peacock we encountered.  He knows to steer clear of the water.....

I wanted to have some one take my picture with this fake gator bursting through the underpinnings of the deck to the entrance/exit but Hubs and Daughter were already inside the snack bar looking for food.

A gratuitous shot of deep fried cookies sign for McVal......

Me about to have my first Boudin Ball....and I am not sure if I want to do this because I know this stuff is spicy.......

The prices were ridiculously high so we shared 3 things and 2 drinks.  It wasn't lunch time yet but we needed something to stave off hunger.

This was my piece of a fried gator bite, a piece of a Natchitoches meat pie and a few fries.
Being in Natchitoches of course we had to try a Natichitoche meat pie.  The town is pronounced nah-coh-doches. 
Not to be confused with Nacogdoches(Nah-coh-Do-ches), which is in East Texas about 2 hours away from Natchitoches LA.

I let Hubs/Daughter have m Boudin Ball after one bite.

They had photos of CeeLo Green in the snack bar.  I guess he shot a music video here or something...

Then it was off to the gift shop(which you have to go through to enter or exit the park)....


I saw this book for sale in the gift shop and had to laugh......." Dead Is No Excuse-The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral".

Then amidst all the gator themed novelties I spied this Steam Punk Lamp for sale.  Since Lorraine's Hubs makes stuff like this and sells it at "Cons" I sent her a photo of it. lolz

A huge taxidermy gator in the gift shop(he wasn't for sale)next to plastic gator squirt guns. lolz

I did bring home a small souvenir from our time with the 'gators.........

What says Christmas better than gators on a Xmas tree ball? lolz
And with that we bid Natchitoches Louisiana adieu.

This has gotten long so I'll talk about the rest of the days adventures next time.



  1. This looks like so much fun. Pygmy goats are so funny. Heidie has these, I love them but Joel won't let me get any. We have gators in Idaho also. Down by Twin Falls. Not as big as yours.

    1. I read about that catfish farmer who got gators to take care of the dead fish problem. Will work well until the gators start to breed. lolz

  2. This post was very interesting with all the pictures. I am touched that you cared so strongly about not making an alligator sick. I slept two hours last night and should be napping, but noooo, I read blogs. I was so confused as to how you were in Virginia one day and down in Louisiana the next. And, your daughter has the day off? Finally, I made a call to ATT and got so angry that I woke my brain and read the date of the trip. ATT tells me that the cell phone on which I have been talking has been turned off for five days. See why I was angry? At least I can go to sleep without having to stay awake trying figure out how LA was on the way to Idaho.

    1. Seriously Linda, go take a nap. lolz

  3. Is a Boudin Ball like Rocky Mountain oyster?

    1. No, Boudin is a spicy cajun rice and pork sausage. Sometimes they take it out of the casing and roll into ball shape, breading and frying it is optional.

  4. Pygmy goats are the best. They have them on the farm at the MN Zoo, and we want to take one home every time but haven't figured out how to officially kidnap one and not raise alarms. The worst thing about the high prices of food at the places like this is it's usually pretty mediocre to poor. We do the sharing of snacks as well to keep hunger at bay, but not really eat meals as such.

  5. Moving from the Midwest to the South, I was initially afraid of the idea of the presence of alligators, for they are everywhere where I live. Yet, they are gentle giants. They keep to themselves, and, like rattlesnakes, will let you know audibly if they prefer you to be not so close. There's never a report of a human being attacked by an alligator. According to one expert, we're too "salty" for their taste. The only sad news (occasionally) is unattended small dogs getting attacked.

  6. I like the helmets the most.

  7. Ewwww, I hate reptiles...well, except for turtles. Those alligators are UGLY sons of guns aren't they? Definitely not warm and cuddly!


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