this is how we do it, where i'm from

Thursday, September 27, 2012



This post may get a little red neck with guns, alligator talk, and some southern drawls. Don't say I didn't warn ya. So, this is my re-cap of my weekend visiting home, in Louisiana. My parents live in a swamp, literally. They have alligators, snapping turtles, fish, manatees, black tip sharks, snakes, egrets, and scary spiders all around them. In fact, just last night my Mom called to tell me she saw a baby alligator in our driveway, which is totally rare for them to come up that far onto land, but I guess the babies are stupid. When people talk to me about being from Louisiana, the most common question I get is... Do you live in the swamp and do you have alligators in your backyard? Then I  answer "I do" and I immediately regret my answer. That question is usually followed by "Do you know the swamp people?" Then I've learned my lesson from question #1 and usually fib and say "No, I don't know them" Hoping they go away at this point, since I've made myself out to be "Mama Helen Boucher" from The Waterboy. You'd be surprised by how many people in this world are fascinated with their lives. I live/lived nothing like them okay, let me just clear this all up. 

While at home this weekend, I got to enjoy my parents house and of course...the wildlife that comes along with it. I should have taken more pictures, but I enjoyed being laissez faire and kicking back. I did happen to make some big movements and hop out of my reclining chair when my Mom spotted one of the most ginormous alligators we've ever seen. I clearly forgot that this was normal when I lived at home in high school and part of college, so I ran out in my bare feet (baaad idea) and ran for the dock to get a better view of this giant. He was big, like 8-9 footer. Although I didn't have my zoom lens, so the picture above gives no justice at all to his/her size. 
Then, my husband, Joel, decided he wanted to remember the old days and he went and grabbed my Dad's pellet gun. They both took some shots at him, but never even hit him once... Even if you do hit them, their skin in SO thick they don't even feel it. But, my favorite part from when I lived at home was catching them with a fishing pole. Yes, I've done this, and it's really fun. Alligators are really dumb and actually go for bait, once they take it, it's time to have some fun with trying to reel them closer and get a better look. Alligators rarely come close to humans unless you're a baby or small dog. So, when they take the bait and you can get them in close, it's neat to see these monsters up close and in person. Then, they usually break the line, go free, and the cycle starts all over again.




Mom still gets excited and she lives here full time :)

I didn't take too many photos, but I think this gives you a good idea of how I spent my weekend.

Also, my fellow Louisiana girl and long time friend, Mary, is doing a giveaway on her blog, and you could win some pretty cool stuff, including an Ad space from my blog. So go and check it out!!

21 comments:

  1. lol all I can hear while reading this is "Shoot'em Lizbeth, Shoot'em!" :) Glad you had a great time at home!!!! xoxo!

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  2. hahahah this post just made me laugh. I just moved to gainesville Florida and there are swamps everywhere! And alligators too! It really is so weird!

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  3. Ha Lauren I can hear "shoot em" as well!! :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Looks like a fun trip home! I love sitting around the lake at my Dad's camp watching all of the animals! There is no telling what you will see!

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  5. Hahaha! Too funny! I think I would be scared to death to live near gators. So kudos to you for having survived it :-). Looks like a beautiful view from your mom's dock...so peaceful and serene...

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  6. Ah....I totally understand the whole Swamp People thing. That is often the first question when people find out I'm from Louisiana! Love seeing all the pics -- I definitely miss the swampland sometimes. :)

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  7. It's been a long time since I've been by! I do apologize and I'm sure I have lots of catching up to do!!! This post made me smile because I can totally relate when I go back home :) They say home is where the heart is and those little things that others might not "get" make it special!

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  8. I had no idea that this was where you grew up! What a fun place to live as a child. I would be so scared of the alligators. eeeek!

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  9. oh geez! all these new louisiana reality shows make us look like idiots!
    i can't remember if i ever even asked you... what part are you from?

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  10. this looks awfully similar to a post i just put up!

    xo the egg out west.

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  11. I love this. I feel like I learned so much from this post. As a city girl, I did not know that you could catch a gator with a fishing pole!!! Sounds fun :)

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  12. OH MY GOSH!
    I love Louisiana.
    The first time I shot a gun was in a LA swamp (Breaux Bridge) at an alligator.

    Best EVER.
    :)

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  13. I love this!! It's so different from my life here in Maine. I can't even imagine it. We're all about lobsters and crabs and fish and moose and bears and deer. It's so interesting to me to learn about another place!

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  14. Wow, this is a very interesting post! I didn't know manatees live in swamps too!
    Please post more pictures next time! We want to see the alligators up close too:)

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  15. Sounds like a blast!

    I'm from Arkansas and while we don't have swamps in our backyards...strange creatures and critter hunting are totes normal for where I grew up. I probably would do the same as you and mess with the gators, just to see them up close!

    Have a great weekend! :)

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  16. Scary! I am such a wuss. I would be scared :)

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  17. This is so fun and scary all at the same time!! I hope to see a gator (from a safe distance) when we are there!

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  18. what the heck?! how do you not run screaming from all the wild life? hahaha. That is pretty cool and I have family out there so I don't have the vision of swamp people. Sounds like a great relaxing weekend despite the alligators and other bugs...seriously I am scared to death of spiders, snakes and sharks...I would freak out!!

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  19. I'm not from a swamp, but I am from the South. I love this post! I love people's reactions when I talk about eating alligator. I mean it's not like I killed it myself. It's served at cajun restaurants like no big deal.

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  20. I actually have a drafted post about my "cajun clarification" because I mentioned that I'm a Cajun but I wanted to make sure people knew that while I live near the swamp and all, I'm not like Helen Boucher and I don't ride an airboat to work. LOL

    I love this post. I'm curious what part of Louisiana you are from now- if you are from an area close to where I am from because I have pretty close access to a swamp too. ;)

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