Learning How to Survive on the Cajun Swamp
I was living in New Orleans, my birthplace, when I decided to fulfill a longtime dream of spending a month on a friend’s Acadian-style houseboat, located in South Louisiana in the Atchafalaya Basin, a.k.a. Cajun Country.
Despite the high crime rate NOLA is known for, I never heard a gunshot when I lived there, so I had to laugh when, that first morning on the boat, my eyes popped open to the explosive sound of shotguns. It was full on hunting season in early December around the Atchafalaya Basin, the area you’ve seen embarrassingly portrayed in movies like Adam Sandler’s Waterboy or the reality show Swamp People. (Elizabeth, the only female hunter I’ve seen in my limited viewing of Swamp People, is actually known around here as a phenomenal hunter, despite having to prove herself for the show’s producers.)