No matter where in the world I travel, for business, pleasure, or just passing through, I always return to Louisiana. I don’t know if I’d live anywhere else. We’ve had our fair share (or more than fair share) of disasters, but we’ve proved to be resilient and continue to welcome people with open arms.
The state of Louisiana has always been filled with interesting characters, from politics to the big screen. One of the most recent reality shows to take America by storm is Swamp People. It’s a true look at a dying way of how some people still earn a living in Louisiana.
I took a day trip down to Pierre Part, Louisiana to visit with one of the stars of Swamp People – Troy Landry. For me, it was a trip down memory lane as I recalled my younger years spent at Belle River and Pierre Part at my grandparents camp. We’d spend weekends at Belle River fishing off the back pier or taking the bass boat out to catch dinner.
Troy and his family were just as I expected, friendly and welcoming to strangers who came to their home. They recently completed a new house, made with wood Troy has collected over the past 35 years each time he went into the swamp. Troy and I enjoyed a cup of Community Coffee and chatted about how Swamp People has changed his life, musings on living in Louisiana (along with the stereotypes people have of us), and the places he’s traveled to and hopes to visit in the future.
Special thanks to the Landry Family for allowing us to film them at home.