Bayou Bound and traipsing through Texas Hill Country, 2008 travel blog

The ocean is beyond these marshes

One of the countless draw bridges we crossed

Duck weed-covered bayou

Several variety of waterbirds feeding together

They took off as we approached

Boarding the ferry

Cameron harbor

On the ferry

A flock of spoonbills

Spoonbills in flight

Colorful roseate spoonbills

Bridge over the Intracoastal waterway

Crayfish farm seen from the bridge

We pulled alongside this bayou for lunch. He was not disturbed by...

Continuing along the Gulf of Mexico coast, we drove through many beach communities locally known as the "Cajun Riviera."

At Cameron we had a short wait for the ferry which crosses the Calcasieu Ship Channel connecting the Intracoastal Waterway to the Gulf. Tiny Cameron port is ranked around sixth in the nation in tons of seafood loaded annually.

The road through marshes and other wetlands continues through 2 more reserves: the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, and the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. We saw so many alligators from the road, that, after a while the excitement of seeing them wore off. However we still made frequent stops to view the numerous birds. Unfortunately they wouldn't let me get too close to take pictures.

In Lousiana, too, we saw school children picking up trash from the roadside. They sure are proud of their state and keep it clean.

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