Exploring Louisiana Swamps and Plantations

Josh and I did a lot of walking and exploring during our time in New Orleans. Most of our time was spent in the city, but we did take a couple days to explore the areas outside of New Orleans. New Orleans is surrounded by marsh and swamp land and being the outdoor lovers that we are, we felt compelled to explore these parts of the state. Luckily, we were able to find a lovely state park only about a half hour from downtown called Jean LaFitte. Though it’s close to town, Jean LaFitte feels like the middle of nowhere. Josh and I walked along the paths and boardwalks for hours, taking in the sheer beauty of this area. As we hiked along, we were surrounded by moss covered cypress trees and sunshine. We saw a bunch of alligators, snakes, frogs, and gigantic spiders right off (and sometimes on!) the path. It was blazing hot outside but we had so much fun photographing that we stayed out for hours in the afternoon sun. As a matter of fact, it was so hot outside that by the time we finished our hike we both had sweat so much we looked like we had jumped into a pool. I guess that’s what happens when its ninety degrees outside with ninety percent humidity. :) But we both agreed that it was totally worth it!

The next day, we opted for something a little tamer, and headed out to Oak Alley Plantation with Josh’s Aunt Sandy. Oak Alley Plantation is located about forty minutes outside of New Orleans in the heart of Sugarcane country. The fact that this place was built in the early 1800’s is amazing. The house is framed perfectly by two hundred year old oak trees and boasts beautiful decor both inside and out. No expense was spared by these old plantation “sugar daddies” who would even spend thousands of dollars on ice a week to keep their wives and houseguests happy. Yes- that’s per week. They had to have big blocks of it shipped down the Mississippi from Canada since ice obviously could not be found in Louisiana. Josh and I really appreciated hearing all about life in the old South but are so happy for all of our modern (and affordable!) conveniences. After a long day wandering the plantation, we all headed back to New Orleans for a delicious dinner at Cafe Masperos with the rest of Josh’s family. It was the perfect way to end the day. :)

Thank you for reading! ~ Shelley and Josh Hartman, Raleigh + New Orleans Wedding Photographers

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