|Iberville Visitors Center - Main Building|
We decided to do some rambling today, so we took care of the barn chores early this morning. We packed our camera equipment and set out for Breaux Bridge.
On the way we stopped at the Iberville Visitors Center, located near I-10 in Gross Tete. It opened a little over a year ago, and today was our first visit. We drank complimentary coffee and chatted with the two friendly ladies who work there. The inside is as beautiful as the outside. Cypress floors, doors, and paneling make it a reflection of the nearby Atchafalaya Swamp.
|Iberville Visitors Center - Grounds|
I saw bubbles in the water and remembered that Willie, on Swamp People, is always talking about where you see bubbles, there is usually an alligator. But I'll swear, I couldn't see anything but a couple of old knarly pieces of wood in the water. Just as I was complaining that we weren't going to see any gators, I realized that the knarly pieces of wood were two alligators - one of them looking me in the eye from just a few feet away. He was nice enough to sit still so I could get his picture.
|Alligator Disguised as Driftwood!|
|Boardwalk through the Swamp|
We walked the quarter mile boardwalk through the swamp, but didn't see anything as exciting as our two gator friends up the road.
|Swamp as Seen from the Boardwalk|
When we took the Gross Tete exit to head home, we decided to make one last stop at a new gift shop called The Swamp Shop, right across the road from the Iberville Visitors Center. In fact, the ladies at the Visitors Center had told us about this new gift shop when we made our first stop there this morning.
Jean Crites, the proprietor of The Swamp Shop is very friendly and welcoming. And her shop is something to see! Since it's in a house, I assumed the owners probably lived there and had a one room gift shop. But no, the shop takes up the entire house. All the merchandise has a Louisiana theme. Each room is artfully arranged and decorated, and it's a pleasure to stroll around and look. I stocked up on post cards to send to my pen pals. Jerry found two books he wanted, and I couldn't resist a beautiful glass fleur de lis necklace. I'm already thinking that this might be a good place to do some Christmas shopping.