Oak Valley to Baton Rouge 78 river miles
We began the day with our boat secured to the shore and a visit to Oak Alley plantation located over the levee. This has to be one of the most lovely avenues of trees in North America.
Red winged blackbird
Blue grey gnatcatcher
Flowers were abundant in the gardens, but there were also wildflowers mixed in the brush along the shore.
Live oak flowers
And to add to the spring story there was a fresh population of dragonflies that have emerged from the water.
Kate gave our afternoon talk - bird migration on the Mississippi Flyway that was well received and then we settled in to watch the river go by. From here to Baton Rouge the river looked like a thick chocolate shake.
The shores are industrial with patches of green that hint at its original, natural state.
Great food, music and the river rolls beneath the keel.