After another morning taking advantage of the hotel amenities (showers, private restroom, free breakfast, etc) we headed out to burn a few hours. Erin leaves today and we have to drop her off at the airport by 2:00pm. So to finish off her trip, we needed to show her one last very important part of Louisiana (and most southern states) culture- Camouflage. So after a stop at a sporting goods store for some Camo shopping, we hit Smoothie King for lunch and then to the Airport. (If anyone else wants to meet us along the way, we have a tent and airbed you can use- free of charge, complimentary airport pickup is also included)

 

Erin, I am waiting for you to email me the pictures and then I can post them for everyone.

 

After dropping Erin off we headed over to Houma. Houma is in the heart of “Cajun Country” The Cajun’s or Acadian’s were exiled from Canada in the late 1700’s. (at the time the area was called Acadia, now Nova Scotia) they headed to Louisiana as it was part of France at the time. The Cajun’s were not welcome in some of the bigger cities so they settled on the Bayou’s in the south. The Cajun’s could be described as trouble makers of the day. Anyway, history lesson concluded, we are looking forward to getting onto the back roads of Cajun Country and see what we can find. The food is supposed to be amazing- big flavours.

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Put us in Cajun Country and we are going to stop at the first place that says Cajun Cookin. And it was good

Mmmmm, Crawfish Etoufee, we had Alligator as well, but figured you were all bored of seeing Alligators on a plate. (We could have ordered Frog legs, and we have seen fresh Rabbit in supermarkets. They also eat Squirrel)

The restaurant has funky table lights, that is why half of the plate is dark

The restaurant has funky table lights, that is why half of the plate is dark

So many people in this area rely on the Gulf of Mexico to earn a living. The two biggest occupations on the Gulf are fishing and Oil and Gas industry. After Lunch, we turned south out of the restaurant parking lot and drove until we ran out of road (No map or GPS) We made it to Chauvin where we ran out of land. This is what we saw along the way.

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We saw about 15 of these- large draw bridges.

People have learned to adapt to live in this flood prone area. The further south we drove, more and more houses were built in the sky. Near the Gulf Coast, every house was raised.

People have learned to adapt to live in this flood prone area. The further south we drove, more and more houses were built in the sky. Near the Gulf Coast, every house was raised.

Massive fishing boat parked in the yard. (they can launch it from here into a canal that connects with the Gulf)

Massive fishing boat parked in the yard. (they can launch it from here into a canal that connects with the Gulf)

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The gulf is famous for its Shrimp

The gulf is famous for its Shrimp

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This photo was taken from a tiny, one way bridge. It was not sturdy either, shaking around as you drive over.

This photo was taken from a tiny, one way bridge. It was not sturdy either, shaking around as you drive over.

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We would have lost count if we started counting fishing boats.

We would have lost count if we started counting fishing boats.