Basin Bayou Cruise, Jefferson
The Turning Basin Bayou Cruise was a great Sunday afternoon diversion. We had never explored a bayou by boat before, so we were ready for a new experience (pics 1 &2)!
We cruised up Big Cyprus Bayou passed tall and sturdy Cyprus Trees, overhanging River Birch trees and the occasional turtle sunning itself on a fallen branch (pic #3). Although we were told that every once in a while an alligator presents itself on this stretch of water, its appearance is brief.
A restored brick structure once used in the storing of gun powder during the Civil War stood atop a small rise. A few camp sites were visible from the waterway, as well. (pic #4).
Dragonflies buzzed lazily by us and the scent of woods and earth hung in the air. As we drew into the turning basin, a few teens were jumping from the railroad bridge into the water. As we breezed by, our tourguide chastened them for chancing their jump would be clear of stumps and debris from the latest downpour (pic #5).
Tours are one hour in length leaving at 12 noon, 2pm and 4 pm. We paid $14 for two of us for the tour.