Trip Review: Bayou St. John Open Paddle
By Holt Bigelow
Openly Loving the Best Paddling in New Orleans!
The beating sun and lack of shade did not stop our participants from enjoying some spectacular paddling this weekend, although it did give my co-leader, Max Lawrence, and I some nasty burns. Tulane’s most adventurous got a chance to try their hand at paddling on the best stretch of paddling that New Orleans has to offer, Bayou Saint John. Leading out from Mid-City into Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Saint John is a great urban waterway that both takes you away from the city and allows you to enjoy it from a different perspective.
Participants got to bask in a banner day out on the bayou, taking in the wondrous blue skies as they made their way down towards Lake Pontchartrain. The whole day was chock full of adventure, there was a possible gator sighting, a surprise drop-in from Tulane’s amazing marketing department, and a couple of lucky participants got to get dunked in the water by an ill-
advised “fun launch” courtesy of yours truly (sorry guys). Luckily for all those reading that are just itching to get out on the bayou, we have another trip going out there in November that you can sign up for on our website. See you out on the water!
Pictures taken by Tulane University Photographer Sally Asher
About the Author:
Name: Holt Bigelow
Year in School: Sophomore
Hometown: Albany, GA
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Paddling
Favorite Camp Food: Couscous
Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: The Amazon River
If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A Guitar