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Why kayaking in the winter is great

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1. You Won’t Overheat – It’s no joke that Southeastern Louisiana is hot. So hot, there are dozens of songs about the Louisiana heat. And for only a couple precious months, the heat hides away and it’s cool enough to paddle indefinitely. Not quite indefinitely as we try to keep our tours to two hours,…

Things to do this winter in New Orleans

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..an adventurers guide Most folks only visit NOLA in the Spring to get drunk and do Mardi Gras, however the crescent city has something to offer all year round. When its cold out and your tired of hitting the bars you might try: 1) Eating some good food. Where else are you likely to find…

Gumbo YaYa

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Gumbo YaYa recipe by Josh Jack The cold is finally here and nothing warms the body and soul quite like a piping hot bowl (or two, or three) of gumbo. Many restaurants in the city serve some version of this storied stew, but the best stuff always comes from your own (or your mama’s) kitchen….

Louisiana Land Loss

  The current state of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast by Emma Reid How much wetlands do we lose in Louisiana a year? We’ve already lost 2000 square miles of wetlands and were losing what’s left at about 16 square miles a year (a football field every 100 minutes). Louisiana is the most productive coastal estuary in…

Backyard Treasure

  Backyard Treasure by Jeffrey Chitek New Orleans has a long history by new world standards…an obvious statement.  One can find this history in plain site…in the architecture and the streets, in the food and callused hands.  The thick river air still reeks of a time past.  But many secrets and stories of this old port…

Why October is the best month to visit New Orleans

October is the best month to visit New Orleans My favorite reasons why I have family and friends visit New Orleans during October. The temperature is great and the scenery is spectacular. New Orleans is the capital of Halloween. Nola does costumes right! The crowds arn’t too big. The streets are filled with aromatic blossoming…

Sugar cane plantations of Louisiana

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As I was walking the halls of the Whitney Plantation the other week, I came across an old map hanging over a water fountain in the back corner.  It was a map showing a section of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans circa 1860.  Slivered and smooshed along the rivers banks were…

Stories from the Swamp Part 2

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  Stories from the Swamp Part 2 by Kelley Kirkpatrick   The eastern lubber grasshopper’s march finally comes to an end, after an impressively long-last lasting death march  across the highway. Suitably named, the flightless insects appear to stumble along their way. It’s large size makes it both a poor leaper and unable to fly,…

Guardians of the Swamp

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  Guardians of the Swamp How to join the fight for healthy ecosystems in Louisiana By Ross Baringer During my tours, usually toward the end, I mention to the group that there are several environmentalist organizations working hard to protect the natural beauty and health of Louisiana’s wilderness. Later, as we paddle back toward the boat…