Toji Sakamoto and Christina Perdos:
Landing in Baton Rouge was both a culture and temperature shock from Boise Idaho, but hitch 2 started off well. The first week started visiting refuges along the Mississippi river, and hiking trails in lush swamps and bottomland hardwood forest. Through the subsequent weeks we looped around the state GPS’ing trails and finishing just north of New Orleans. On our meandering adventure around the state we experienced heavy humidity and mosquitoes the size of crawfish in swarms worthy of a planet earth documentary. We also got to see other unique wildlife such as alligators, great blue herons, egrets, snakes, turtles, frogs, armadillos, possums, house cats, and ducks. Our weekends consisted of Amazing food, music, more amazing food and meeting friendly people who showed us the local highlights. The trip left us both feeling that Louisiana is a truly unique place.