Well, there is swampland. They just built everything up, including the roads. Above is a picture of a bridge that travels right over and through the swamp land. You can click on it to enlarge it and see the trees in the swamp rising up and over the roadway. Through the two lanes and just surrounding the road. It feels as if the swamp is trying to take the road over.
But the people of Houma are perfectly dry 10 feet above sea level.
Yup, I said it. 10 feet.
It’s no wonder that when you drive further south, which you can do, into the village of Cocodrie, LA, the houses are built up on pillars.
Some are real scary looking. By that I mean, I would not want to be in them in a wind storm. Let alone the hurricanes that come through this part of the country. And these pictures show the better ones. There were ones that had even less support.
Others, like these above, are a little more stable.
However, I would still not be caught in them with a storm coming through.
Cocodrie is a quaint little fishing and shrimping village at “Land’s End”. This truly is the furthest south you can travel on this road.
Our friends took us down here to show us around the shrimping and fishing village. It’s quiet right now as it was a little early to be out fishing.
They have a beautiful house right on the water. They refer to it as there “fishing camp”.
From the looks of it, it is bigger than some people’s homes and nicer too. Not what we were expecting for a “fishing camp”.
Nice Place To Sit And Just Enjoy The View And The Breeze.
Amazing views every which way you look. A wonderful back porch that’s up on the second level. So you can just sit out their, enjoy the nice breeze, as their is always one, and nap the day away.
If you get bored of the upper level deck, but let’s face it, who could? Then you could go down to the main (lower) level deck and sit on that swing. This is also where the boats are stored.
Our friends tell us when the shrimpers are out, they come right past there house on their way back into dock. So they call out to the shrimpers to come over and they can buy fresh, just caught that day, shrimp…right from the boat.
You can’t get any fresher than that people.
What a wonderful life.
Sportsman’s Paradise Restaurant on The Road Down To Cocodrie, LA
David was in heaven. He said he had some of the best fried shrimp and shrimp gumbo he’s ever had.
The restaurant from the outside doesn’t look like much. But let’s face it, those are usually the best places to eat. Their was even a tv crew with a famous bass fisherman there eating lunch. Seeing that I’m not into bass fishing, I had no idea. Our friends told us about them at the next table.
That’s how good this place is.
We were only in Houma for 4 nights. The local Houma Civic Center has over 200 water and electric sites in their parking lot for rv’s to park. At $20 bucks a night, it was well worth it. And if you know the secret to the parking lot, you may even snag yourself 1 of the maybe 4 sites that have sewer. Bonus!
While their we met our friends family, toured the area and had a great visit. Their family was super nice to let us into their homes and share their parents and a great meal with them.
We went out to the local frozen yogurt shop for a treat…in the middle of the afternoon of course. YUM!
We enjoyed it so much we went back 2 more times. Is that so bad? It’s ok…it was frozen yogurt. It’s good for you :)
Wouldn’t you know it though, while there David had some repairs that decided to pop up. By that I mean, on our way down to Houma we went through some rain. Well, the windshield wipers decided that would be a good time to break and stop working. So picture this (as I didn’t get a picture of him because I felt really bad for him having to stand out there in the pouring rain)…David standing out in the pouring rain, not just sprinkling, working on the windshield wipers. It was so frustrating. He did get them to work…after a good 45 minutes…mostly…until we got down to Houma, got parked and was able to really take them apart and repair them.
Then, with the wipers fixed (yup…that’s a wiper blade on the ground in the above picture) wouldn’t you know it, Murphy took over again. My hard drive in my computer decided to die.
I’m sooooo lucky I have a guy that seems to be able to fix anything. He’s so handy like that.
Some Farmland Around The Area
We didn’t get to see any of the historical sights in Houma. As there are many and we just ran out of time. Houma is deep in Cajun country. With swamp tours, the Cajun culture, tons of charter fishing, too many restaurants to try and their are museums a plenty, you would have a hard time not finding something to do.
We relaxed with our friends and took in the culture. Had a great cook out with their family.
Thank you to our friends. We had a wonderful time.
We will be back…some day.