Day four - Neil follows the Creole Nature Trail and trys on some rather fetching Mardi Gras outfits!
Up early and with coffee in hand I am off to sample a stalwart of the Louisiana culinary list, boudin - a Cajun style sausage. Delicious and flavour packed my only thought afterwards being something this spicy may be best enjoyed a little later in the day than 8am?
Today has a visit to the Creole Nature Trail in store. The Creole Nature Trail is part of Louisiana's Outback and is an All‑American Road comprising more than 180 miles of highway. The sheer quantity of wildlife are unfathomable to me beforehand but the trail boasts upwards of 400 species of bird, alligators, deer and of course fish! After today it feels almost weird that I'm becoming blasé about the presence of an alligator by the side of the road......this is Louisiana wildlife though.
A visit to the Mardi Gras museum on Lake Charles provides me with a great look back over a selection of the most ostentatious outfits that have adorned the Mardi gras celebrations for many years. I may even have tried on an outfit along the way really not my colour or style but when in Louisiana do as the locals do doesn't just apply to the food!
A really easy hour and 20 minute drive, (hopefully the local sheriff isn't seeing this and figuring out my heavy right foot) I find myself in Lafayette for the night. A quick drive around town this evening reveals a really cool, very arty downtown so I look forward to exploring fully tomorrow.