Atchafalya Basin Trip by Theresa Overby
I have the good fortune of spending a lot of time outdoors in the Baton Rouge area as part of my job. Last week, I co-hosted a group of travel journalists from Mexico City with our friends from Deveney Communications in NOLA. As with most media trips, we visited the Louisiana State Capitol, the Louisiana State Museum and LSU’s Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge. We headed south and enjoyed dinner and they overnighted at Nottoway Plantation in White Castle. But the crowning moments of this media trip were the ones spent on the Atchafalaya Basin — perhaps one of southeast Louisiana’s most underappreciated natural resources. Our host for the trip, Iberville Parish native Gene Seneca, regaled our guests with stories of his childhood on the basin. We saw alligators sunning on logs and egrets fishing on the banks. And the cypress trees are putting on the green foilage that signals the coming of spring in the region. Yes, that day, soaking up the sun and taking in the gifts of mother nature, I was happy to share an outdoor office with reptiles. Next time you drive across the Basin, make a quick pit stop at the Butte La Rose exit to see the Atchafalaya Basin Visitors Center. Learn about her gifts and get to know her!
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