I didn't go too far for today's Dave Trip. In fact it's an old standby for me when it comes to getting away. Part of the Cypress Island Preserve, Lake Martin is a beautiful lake surrounded by cypress and hardwood forest. Behind the visitor's center, you can get out into the swamp via boardwalk. You'll get up close and personal with nature. During the fall a lot of the wildlife will be hard to spot, but the colors of fall are everywhere! But, if you look closely you will spot a number of species of birds. Alligators are plentiful here, but as the cooler weather settles in, they're much more difficult to spot. On this trip, I didn't see any.
Perhaps you'd have a better chance if you got out onto the water. Take one of the swamp tours, or if you're really brave launch a kayak or canoe. You can access the area by car if you'd like, but I'd suggest getting out and doing a little hiking around the back side of the lake. While you're there you'll be able to photograph some of the most beautiful visions Louisiana has to offer. It's even one of the top "Instagrammed" locations in our state, just behind Bourbon Street and Tiger Stadium. It's recommended that if you visit, to take only pictures and leave only footprints.
While on your walk you'll encounter several different types of wildlife, but beware! There are dangers there too. If you don't mess with them, they won't mess with you. It's really easy to get there. It's near LA 31 in St. Martin Parish just a few miles from Lafayette. For more information you can visit the St. Martin Tourist Commission's website at cajuncountry.org