One of the main events for our trip was touring the swamp. Swamp is unlike any other topography. The wet, marsh-like terrain is home to a mind-bogglingly wide variety of animals and plants. Our tour guide, Corey, took us down the Pearl River and through beautiful, backwood bayous (narrow, slow-moving wetlands). As our boat picked its way through tall weeds and overhanging spanish moss, Corey taught us about all things swamp. He even showed us the bayou where the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild was filmed!
During those two hours, we saw alligators, cranes, and tons of wild pigs (who knew that pigs swim?!), but what struck me most of all about the swamp was the peaceful feeling it offered. As we glided through the calm, murky water, the sunlight found its way through the sleepy trees and made streaks across the water ahead of us.