For many years, I drove past the Avery Island exit, never stopping. I was always going somewhere else, but thinking at the same time that we should plan a trip to Avery Island to see Jungle Gardens, the Tabasco factory and Bird City. The “we will go tomorrow” scenario is not out of the ordinary; it is repeated by many people in many hometowns. But, for us, tomorrow finally arrived, and we can share our experience and thoughts in this post.
The Oaks are Numerous and Large
When visiting Avery Island, slow down; there is much to see. Rather than viewing everything through the car windows, get out and take a short walk. Get out and walk among the ancient oaks; you can better appreciate their beauty, age and size walking in the shade of their branches.
Visit the Factory and Warehouse
Sign up for the Tobasco factory tour. You will learn the interesting history of how the brand was born and how the hot sauce is manufactured. It takes more than three years for a pepper to become sauce.
Visit Bird City, the Snowy Egret Sanctuary
Bird City is located within Jungle Gardens. It provides easy access to observe and photograph snowy egrets as nests are built and young are cared for and fed.
Drive and Walk Through the Jungle Gardens
Bring food, drinks and have a picnic in the Jungle Gardens under the oaks, or along Bayou Petite Anse, or near the centuries old Buddha statue.
What Did We Learn?
We learned much about Avery Island, but more importantly, we learned that we should not put off visiting local awesome historic sites, parks, etc. We also realized, after we finished this trip, we should slow down, take more time to enjoy where we are, where we travel and what we are doing. Sometimes, most of us are in too much of a rush to get to the next destination. Learn to enjoy the moment!
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