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Top 5 animals of the swamp and their celebrity doppelgangers

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My top 5 swamp animals & their celebrity look-a-likes.                        by: Jeffrey Chitek    Nutria Rat.  Even though they are not native to Louisiana and have become a very threatening environmental nuisance to our fragile coastal ecosystem over the years,  there is something lovable about…

Best things to do in New Orleans this September

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September in New Orleans by Jeffrey Chitek Summer is over.  You spent the last month squeezing the blood out of it, trying to make your August count.  Falling in love, swimming in the lake, late night stories by the fire swatting mosquitos, walking outside in your underwear to get the mail….the iconic seasonal past-times.  Maybe…

Muddy Bridges

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Muddy Bridges by Jeffrey Chitek   As you cruise southbound into New Orleans on 55, something happens…The rolling hills of Mississippi taper of into the flat plains of the primeval Silurian seabed and then.. seemingly no land at all.  Towering Cypress and tangled sawgrass give the facade of solid ground but when you cross that…

WHAT LIES BENEATH

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WHAT LIES BENEATH backyard archaeology in New Orleans 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…

SWAMP “DO-NOTS”

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A list of things not to do in the swamp for the most enjoyable experience and also your general safety. by Jeffrey Chitek   I’ve taken thousands of people, (of widely varying intelligence) from all over the world into the swamps of Louisiana.  Fortunately, no one has been seriously injured, as I am a savant…

“Lake” Pontchartrain

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“Lake” Ponchartrain As you drive northbound outside the city, a sudden and dynamic change in the landscape occurs once you cross to the other side of the levee.  Bounded by seemingly endless cement, floodgates and cypress forests, the Lake Pontchartrain Estuary makes up 10,000 square miles of Southeastern Louisiana and is the largest delta in…

How we almost got hippos

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Hippos in Louisiana? Intro by Jeffrey Chitek If you find your way to virtually any body of water during the summer months in SE Louisiana, your going to likely see more green than water.  We have a mortal enemy in these parts…an invasive species that has been killing fish, upsetting natural PH and oxygen levels,…

ITS MEME WEEK! pt.1

Kayaking Guide Meme I would switch around squares 1 and 2 and the “what I actually do” box is obviously way off base but otherwise this is a funny meme I guess.  Guiding tours through the swamp…