Red River National Wildlife Refuge

While camping at the Shreveport Elks Lodge #122

We visited the Red River National Wildlife Refuge in Shreveport, Louisiana. Kevin and I saw several exhibits at the visitor center. The Alligator Gar was interesting. It lives in the Red River. It has a long snout with sharp-looking teeth. These fish rarely attack humans.

 

A friendly staff member told us how she uses a compound bow to fish for the Alligator Gar in the Red River. She fishes from a boat and is able to see the fish in the water. She also stamped our blue goose national wildlife refuge book.

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On our morning walk at the refuge, we spotted a turtle, Northern Cardinals, Northern Mockingbirds, Pink Primrose wildflowers, Indian Blanket wildflowers and a new bird life lister called a Spotted Sandpiper.

Happy RVing!

Next, we moved to Vicksburg, Missouri to explore the Vicksburg National Military Park.

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The Great Turtle Release of 2014/Family Visit

Kevin and I had the joy of visiting Casey & Rose (our niece&nephew)

Their new home is placed next to a lagoon that means- kayaking, fishing, birdwatching all kinds of outdoor possibilities.

Casey & Rose made a wonderful dinner of lasagna, salad and some scrumptious garlic bread. Dinner and bird watching on their outside deck was an enjoyable experience I hope to repeat in the future.  While we were visiting, Rose let go of the turtles she has raised.

The Great Turtle Release of 2014

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 Turtles back in the wild

Mommy letting the turtles go

Mommy letting the turtles go

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These little guys swam with their heads up for a long time. I didn’t think they would ever let go of mommy & swim away.

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My sister,Rose & a family friend.

My sister,Rose & a family friend.

The Turtle Release Crew

The Turtle Release Crew

But like all wild creatures they finally swam away enjoying their new lagoon

Happy Travels!