Tag: gator

07 Jul 2016

Fearless Finds: The Gator Chateau  0

The Gator Chateau

We held baby gators!! Even after growing up on the bayou, neither me or my mom had ever held a baby gator before. After all, in the wild where there are babies, there are big mamas! So we were so excited to get to check out the Gator Chateau and get our hands on some gators!

bonveillercher.com (14)The Gator Chateau is located in the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park at 100 Rue de l’Acadie in Jennings, Louisiana, and offers a great opportunity to both learn about and interact with live alligators. They fosters baby gators until they are old enough to go into the wild. While they are being fostered they are hand fed and easily handled.

We got to hold T-Gaston. He was about a year old and appeared to be seriously bored by our enthusiasm!

bonveillercher.com (15)The worker who helped us was very informative instructing us in proper handling as well as educating us about other gator facts. Through a window in the Gator Chateau you can see a few larger gators and even a snapping turtle or two. One of the turtles was said to be over seventy years old!

The best part about the Gator Chateau is it’s free! Yes! It costs nothing to learn a little and get your hands around a baby alligator! So load up the kids and spend a day at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park. A perfect and inexpensive day could be a little picnic, have some fun on the playgrounds, feed some ducks, and hold a baby gator!bonveillercher.com (13)

The Gator Chateau is open year-round Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm. From June to September to you can watch them feed the gators on Fridays at 3:30!

Keep smiling!Lexi

06 Jul 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Senator Gator  0

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Senator Gator |Lake Charles, Louisiana | bonveillercher.com

 

Look at those lips! Senator Gator is definitely dressed to impress and gain some supporters. She’s just outside the Magnolia Building in downtown Lake Charles with the lake to her back. With her campaign in mind, I’m sure she’d be up for any future photo ops!Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Senator Gator |Lake Charles, Louisiana | bonveillercher.com

Know of any other Gators on the Geaux hanging around? Comment below or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com and let us know where to hunt next!

 

Keep smiling!Lexi

 

 

04 Jul 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: All American Gator  0

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: All-American Gator | bonveillercher.com

Happy Independence Day!! This patriotic gator is just missing a hat! No really, where did his hat go? My mom is pretty sure she remembers him wearing an Uncle Sam hat in the past, and we can see there definitely used to be something on his head. Regardless he’s still beautiful!Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: All-American Gator | bonveillercher.com

He can be found outside an insurance business at 1700 East Prien Lake Road, and the artist is Anne Dentler.

Are we missing a Gator on the Geaux? Comment below or send us an e-mail at bonveillercher@gmail.com to let us know!

Keep smiling!Lexi

02 Jul 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: C.P. gAtor  0

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: C.P. gAtor |bonveillercher.com

This Gator on the Geaux is ready to do some work! He’s got an actual abacus on his back! So cool! He sits on the porch of a local CPA at 724 Kirby Street in Lake Charles, and the artist is Dr. Kathleen Simone Little.Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: C.P. gAtor |bonveillercher.com

Are we missing a Gator on the Geaux? Comment below or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com and let us know!

Keep smiling!Lexi 

24 Jun 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Sleepy  0

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Sleepy | bonveillercher.com

He’s wearing a night cap!! How adorable! Sleepy hangs out at the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana at 4820 Lake Street in Lake Charles. We didn’t find an artist, but his name was on both his shirt pocket and tail!Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Sleepy | bonveillercher.com

Spotted a Gator on the Geaux around town lately? Let us know where by leaving a comment below or e-mailing us at bonveillercher@gmail.com!

Keep smiling!Lexi

22 Jun 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: The Phoenix Building Gator  4

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: The Phoenix Building Gator | bonveillercher.com

This Gator on the Geaux sits in the balcony of The Phoenix Building at 949 Ryan Street in downtown Lake Charles. We wish we could have gotten closer view! Although we don’t know his official name or the artist behind him (comment below if you do!), he is decked out in a tux and looking quite dapper up there.Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: The Phoenix Building Gator | bonveillercher.com

By the way, do you know about the history of The Phoenix Building? It was built to memorialize the fire of 1910 that ravaged Lake Charles and to celebrate the great architecture that emerged when the city was rebuilt. We have put the restaurant that is housed on the bottom floor, aptly named 1910, on our list of places to try!

If you know anything more about this Gator on the Geaux or know of another one we need to hunt down please comment below or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com.

Keep smiling!Lexi

18 Jun 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Ed Drew Gator  0

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Ed Drew Gator |bonveillercher.com

 

This Gator on the Geaux was an interesting find for us because we had no clue who H.C. Drew was until we did a bit of research. Harrison C. Drew was a businessman and state senator at the end of the 19th century who upon his death left half of his estate to provide educational opportunities to the people of Lake Charles. What an amazing gift to the community!Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Ed Drew Gator |bonveillercher.com

Ed Drew Gator stands in front of the H.C. Drew Estate at 719 Kirby Street in Lake Charles, and the artist is Susan Fuerst.

Send us a comment or e-mail at bonveillercher@gmail.com to tell us about other Gators on the Geaux around town!

Keep smiling!Lexi

08 Jun 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Rita  0

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Rita | bonveillercher.com

This gorgeous piece of artwork displays some of the devastation of Hurricane Rita in 2005. What appears to be newspaper articles adorn her chest, and there are scenes such as damaged power lines on her back.Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Rita | bonveillercher.com

She sits on the porch of a local law firm at 3006 Country Club Road in Lake Charles. The artists are Judy Maselli, Martha Cappel, and Pam Templeton.

Have you seen a Gator on the Geaux that we haven’t found yet? Please comment below or send us an e-mail at bonveillercher@gmail.com so we can add it to our list!

Keep smiling!Lexi

03 Jun 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Dave McCarty’s LSU Gator  0

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Dave McCarty's LSU Gator | bonveillercher.com

 

We are so excited about this Gator on the Geaux because we were able to talk with the man behind the Gator, Dave McCarty! He owns the insurance office where the Gator stands and just so happened to be inside the Sunday we stopped by to take our pictures. He told us the Gator is wearing the Louisiana State University football uniform with the number 74 on the jersey because it’s based off of him! That was his jersey number when he played football there. He failed to mention however that he was on the 1958 undefeated National Championship team! So impressive!!Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Dave McCarty's LSU Gator | bonveillercher.com

Mr. McCarty was so kind and helpful and even posed for a picture with his Gator look-a-like! His Gator on the Geaux can be found at 2108 Oak Park Boulevard in Lake Charles.

Help us find some more Gators on the Geaux! Comment below or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com to tell us where to look next!

Keep smiling!Lexi

01 Jun 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Cajun Country Gator  0

Gators on the Geaux in Lake Charles, Louisiana | bonveillercher.com

Another Gator on the Geaux down! This work of art can be found in the Lake Charles Civic Center right when you walk into the front entrance. Perfectly named “Cajun Country Gator,” this one features just about everything that we love about the Lake Charles area from the beautiful skyline to the nature surrounding the city. Gators on the Geaux in Lake Charles, Louisiana | bonveillercher.comWe definitely recommend taking a peek at him next time you’re attending an event at the Civic Center or just taking a stroll on the boardwalk.

Keep checking back as we keep searching for more Gators on the Geaux, and comment below or send us an e-mail at bonveillercher@gmail.com if you know of any Gators on the Geaux we haven’t yet “captured!”

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