Frequently Asked Questions?
What To Bring?
You might want to bring a small cooler with whatever you wish such as
snacks, lunch, something to drink. You also
might want to bring a camera,
binoculars, bug repellant, small blanket. In
other words bring what ever you wish to make
your tour more enjoyable.
Alcohol is permitted except for the driver of
the boat, me, and those under 21.
Smoking On The Boat?
Smoking on the boat is permitted since these are
personal tours and there are no strangers that
might be offended.
Can I Extend My Tour If We Want To Stay Out
By all means providing If I don't have another
tour booked right behind yours.
What If It Rains?
There is nothing we can do about mother nature.
If it starts raining while we are out you have
the option of heading back in or continuing the
tour if you don't mind getting wet. The only
time I will make that decision for you is when
storms or lighting seems to be moving in and I
deem it unsafe and we should get out of the
elements. If the tour is cut short for any of
these reasons you are only charged for the time
we were out. If it's raining or the weather is
bad before your tour begins you have the choice
of cancelling your tour and you won't be
Can I Bring A
I don't recommend bringing your cat, they don't
like water to well but feel free to bring a well
mannered pooch with a leash. Keep in mind though
this is a smaller swamp boat and if want to
bring your Great Dane or Bull Mastiff that might
present a problem.
What Happens If The Boat Breaks Down?
You get an extended tour for no extra cost
providing you help paddle,
extra paddles provided! **Smiles** Don't worry
with over 40 years on Caddo I and the people
with me have always made it back!
I do carry a cell phone that has reception out
in the swamp!
I provide rope to keep you anchored in the boat
in case they get really thick and I also provide
base ball bats to fend off the larger ones,
Actually you will be surprised at how few of
those pesty creatures we do have out on the
water. There is so much life in the water that
eats the mosquito eggs and larvae that they are
rarely a problem. Many people tell me they are
much worst in their back yards in Dallas than
they are out on Caddo.
I'm Really Scared Of Snakes, Do I Need To Be
When people first look at Caddo it somehow
conjures up images of snakes snakes everywhere.
In all actuality snakes are not that predominate
here on Caddo. The reason being is we have lots
of great blue herons, egrets, red shouldered
hawks, barred owls, and guess what? they eat the
snakes! It would be hard for me most times to
show someone a snake if that's what they wanted
to see. Oh, and with all my years here on Caddo
I have never had a snake even remotely try to
fall in the boat, so don't worry.
Can The Boat Get Stuck?
We are going through swampy conditions but I
have many routes, some of them really remote
that are safe with no chance of getting the boat
stuck . On the other hand there are many areas
that are remote and filled with very thick
aquatic vegetation, mud flats and so forth that
would lend the opportunity for one to find
himself sitting in a boat that just won't go any
further. I go in to these areas fairly often by
myself scouting for gators and such. Some people
do request or want to go into these type areas
because it's a little more on the wild side. I
have no problem with it as long as you know
there is the possibility that we may have to get
the paddles and push pole out and do a little
pushing to get the boat turned around or
unstuck. Oh, in the case of a really stuck swamp
boat like mine many people have found themselves
having to get out and push and pull. **Ever been
wading with the gators?**
Don't worry they don't eat much!
Will We See An Alligator And Are They Dangerous?
Well, I haven't lost anyone yet to an alligator!
Believe it or not the alligator is about the least thing to worry about
here on Caddo, they are pretty skittish about
being around humans. I worry more about a flying
heron or egret dropping a poo bomb on me than I
worry about the gators, and yes one time I did
have a lady sitting in the middle of the boat
between her husband and their friend that fell
victim the to a precision guided poo bomb
dropped by a yellow crowned night heron. No one
else got a drop on them but everyone got a good
laugh including the lady with a new profound
appreciation of the yellow crowned night heron's
"What happens if I have to use the bath room?"
It happens to everyone including myself.
Sometimes someone or maybe everyone will have
nature call while out on a tour, especially the
long tours, it's only natural for this to
happen. You have two options when this happens.
Tell me as soon as you know you have to go and
we will get you to land, or for those that
aren't bashful or don't want to wait, go over
the side, yes go over the side! Those are
your only options given the swamp doesn't have
any facilities where I carry you. Believe me it
happens all the time so please don't let having
to use the bathroom ruin you tour!
I'm From The
City And I Have Never Been In A Swamp
Should I Be Worried?
Let me put it this way. There are many more
things in the metroplex that will get you than
there is out here on Caddo. Usually fear stems
from the lack of knowledge. Don't worry if you
are a little apprehensive before we go out. I
assure you once we get out there, you will see
places like Caddo in a whole new light and fear
will melt away. Now if I could just get over my
fear of the city!