After my first visit to Barataria Preserve, I had to make sure Eric got out there to experience it before we left Louisiana. We headed to the preserve to tackle a little bit of a longer hike, connecting the Palmetto Trail, the Bayou Coquille Trail and the Marsh Overlook Trail. That ends up being about a 3.6 mile out and back hike. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day to hike. The real treat in this park, though, was once again the wildlife!
Before the fauna, we took in some exciting flora, including white spider lillies and blue iris! But in no time we started seeing critters move along the flat dirt and boardwalk trail. We saw gators, we saw turtles, and then there were the snakes! There were so. many. SNAKES! I could have spent hours watching them slither around. What interesting creatures. Take a spin through the photo gallery to see some still shots of our new marshy friends, and check out the videos of these reptiles in action!
The highlight of this hike, though, was the few minutes we spent with an OTTER! I never thought I’d see a wild otter in Louisiana of all places, but there it was. It was, as otters are, so, SO cute. I managed to get a few peeks of it on video!