Kim Voorhies, our guide, provided us with an unforgettable adventure. We gathered at the family compound in Lafayette, LA, the heart of Cajun country. Kim hitched up the boat, we all jumped into his Explorer and he started talking, a truly entertaining Cajun narrative. That morning the I-10 interstate was closed so Kim had to take the "back way" to the boat launch, a bonus two hour trip through Cajun back country few outsiders ever see or even imagine. We launched our boat after a brief visit to the Atchafalaya Welcome Center (I-10 exit 121, Butte LaRose). For over three hours Kim guided us through this beautiful wilderness. He showed us, often at arm's length, the fantastically rich wildlife few people have seen.
Kim knows the Atchafalaya, North America's largest river swamp and the tenth largest wilderness area, like the back of his hand. He has hunted and fished the swamps of South Louisiana his entire life. His knowledge of the plants and wildlife is amazing. Kim not only entertained with his stories but taught us so much about the beauty and magic found only deep in this wilderness area. And Kim seems to know everyone in the area, greeting each person by name, sharing the Cajun spirit with us all.
Add this adventure to your "must do" list. It opened a world to us we had never imagined. Going out into the wilderness with Kim gives you an entirely new view of nature. It was wonderful! Thank you Kim.
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