There is no more apt word to describe our three days in Houma than serendipitous. Things fell into place in this welcoming community more perfectly than we could have ever planned ourselves. What began as an exploratory trip, undertaken with few plans and expectations other than to test the difficulty of the project, evolved into a three-day crash course in alligator farming, Cajun dancing, and levee construction.
The simple hospitality of southern Louisiana came across in every encounter. We were offered cold, bottled water at the threshold of every home to stave off the oppressive heat. Cars often idled over to engage us in conversation about our project as we laboriously set up shots in various parking lots. Many people we met had deep roots in Houma, and many did not. Both voiced their deep love of the community and the opinion that no other place was quite like home.