After reading all the comments/questions on the previous post, I see the need for a little more explanation!
This was only a 2-seater airboat, but we stuck Termite right in front of me on the bow. D.R. and I were doing some exploring, and of course Termite refused to be left behind! And LilSis might be right–he is getting quite an education, is he not?
For those of you who don’t know our background, Termite (the tenacious one) is the last of 5 children whom I have homeschooled. From kayaks, to canoes, to mudboats, to pontoon boats and now airboats, he is definitely a captain-in-training!
As much as I would love to add an airboat to my tour business, I don’t see one in my near future. They offer an exciting ride “above” the water level, but the drawback to using them for tours is the “noise”, which makes it difficult to explain things as you go. If all you want to do is offer and ride and a visual experience, it is ALL THAT and a bag of chips!
And if this airboat were mine, I’d line you up and take you each on the ride of your life!!!
Mrs. Coach? You are right about the smells. The marsh mud is so rich that the smell, once stirred up, is unmistakable–unless you mistake the smell for boiled eggs, that is!!! If the cypress trees were still alive, they would emit a fresh, evergreen scent through the air, magnified as you brush past the needles.
Saltwater intrusion did kill the above trees . . .
and miles of trees beyond. But I can’t leave you with this barren image . . .
because I’d much rather leave you with this one of the back side of the Mauvais Bois Cypress Swamp, which exists a mere 12 miles west of the dead cypress swamps. This photo was taken before Hurricane Ike pushed six feet of saltwater across this whole area in September. The long-term affects of the burning saltwater have not yet been determined. This spring shall tell us a little more. And this beautiful swamp is the positive side of why I do what I do.
Another quick lesson? In the foreground is a very special type of freshwater marsh called “flottant” or floating marsh, made up mostly of maiden cane, which we call “Paille Fine” (pie feen) marsh.
And there you have it–another lesson in swamp/marsh ecology.
Keeping it real!