Avery Island is home to the famed Tabasco factory. It also is a salt mine. Mr. McIlhenny was an explorer, writer, business executive, naturalist, conservationist and half a dozen other "ists". He authored many books on nature, such as the "Autobiography of an Egret", "Bird City" and the "Life History of the Alligator". He saved the snowy egret from extinction and he manufactured Tabasco sauce.
This is the count for the day while we were there. She said they bottle around 700,000 a day.
After looking at the factory, we went into the store. I didn't know there was so many different kinds of Tabasco sauce or so many products with Tabasco in it. We even had Jalapeño Ice Cream!
Of Course the first thing we saw wasn't gardens, it was an alligator.
As you can see it was a 50's style diner. I had a fried shrimp po-boy and it was delish! Doug and Libbie had hamburgers and Jim had fried chicken. All was good.
Since this is such a long post I will finish it with part II. Our trip to New Iberia to see Shadows on the Teche!