Lafayette, LA: Boil, Boogie & Ride

Art Cormier's Tiny House & Tiny House GJ
Art Cormier’s Tiny House & Tiny House GJ

After leaving the craziness of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, we drove on over to Lafayette, Louisiana to park next to a legendary tiny house, that of Art Cormier. View tiny house features and full video tour here.

Art’s has a large yard, citrus trees and his commute to work is about ten steps (or five jumps for joy)! Art has a great set up and we were honored to piggy back off of it for a few days.

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Art’s Rock Climbing Gym: Rok Haus
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My buddy Stephen, who is from Lafayette, came to see the Tiny House! (he liked it)

Aside from parking next to and touring Art’s extremely well designed tiny home, we had three amazing local experiences in Lafayette. I like to describe them as: 1). BOIL 2). BOOGIE, and 3). RIDE.

1). BOIL

Guillaume and I were virgin crawfish boilers… baby boilers? Crawfish newbies? Anyhow, we had never had the privilege of attending a crawfish boil before Art graciously hosted one. If you’ve never heard of a crawfish boil, it’s where you order live crawfish by the bag and boil them with spices, sausage, corn, potatoes, etc. They are then served over a newspaper covered table, where you peel the tails and eat with your hands.

It was a slow, messy meal. I felt as if  I had never eaten before and needed to learn how. Not to worry, everyone was happy to show me the “correct way to peel a crawfish!” I soon found out there are many correct ways to peel a crawfish, and everyone has their own preferred method that they believe in whole heartedly.

I tried my best to master the art of crawfish eating, but I failed. In the end, it didn’t matter. My belly was full and my lips were pin-prickled from the spices! But, oh boy, was it delicious! My mouth is watering as we speak… I want to go back!

Stephen showing me how it's done! I almost understood his method!
Stephen showing me how to peel! I almost understood his method! Almost…

2). BOOGIE

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Art and I dancing to Cajun music

Guillaume and I had a couple of opportunities to listen to Cajun music in Lafayette. Once at the Blue Moon Saloon, a local hangout and hostel, and another time at Arnaudville’s NUNU Collective. I even tried dancing!! In my humble opinion (gulp, I hope I don’t offend anyone), Cajun music is similar to a Celtic jam session. All the musicians sit in a circle or semi-circle and the band is primarily string instruments. I was also reminded of the fabulous street performer we watched in Quebec City last fall.

3). RIDE

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We were lucky enough to take a ride with Art’s friend Brian, on his own self-built airboat. I have to admit, I was really nervous! Especially when Brian said: “If you don’t hold on, you will fall in!” At first I grasped the metal bar with two hands and squeezed until my knuckles turned white. After a few minutes, I relaxed and the ride was smoother than I ever imagined. “It’s a magic carpet ride,” Brian said later, and I agreed.

This ride marks one of the TOP THRILLS of the trip so far. Up there with the salty hike we took in Nova Scotia, Lobster Hunting in the Keys, and the ranger lead canoe trip in the Florida Everglades.

Another note worthy experience in Lafayette was a delicious lunch served up by The French Press in downtown Lafayette. After lunch, we took a nice stroll around main street and found a metal sign spelling “LAFAYETTE,” but the “Y” was constructed of chicken wire and full of Mardi Gras beads. I’m told usually the “Y” is not present at all, so that tourists can take a photo using their body to create the “Y.”

After only three days, we left Lafayette, even though we were desperate to stay longer. We’ve now entered an accelerated portion of our trip; We need to get to Las Vegas for another Tumbleweed workshop. Usually, we travel slow. Savoring each stop. But now we need to drive 1,600 miles in less than two weeks! Cross your fingers that nothing goes wrong and we make it on time.

 

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  1. March 5, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    There’s a book called “Away Goes Sally”, written by Elizabeth Coatsworth more than a 100 years ago. “In late eighteenth-century Massachusetts, Sally, an orphan living on a farm with her three aunts and two uncles, is excited when, after deciding to relocate in Maine, the family sets out on the long and adventurous winter journey, living in a little house on runners (pulled by horses) so that her oldest aunt may never have to leave her own fireside behind.”

    I enjoyed this story hugely. Thought you would too. It’s in my public library.

  2. Scott at House Of Metal, LLC
    March 5, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    If you’re headed through Willcox, AZ on Interstate 10 and need welding or other repairs, give a shout and I’ll be happy to lend a helping hand !
    Safe travels,

    Scott

  3. Arlene Barile
    March 5, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Please let me know if you ever plan to make St. Pete Beach, FL a destination in your travels. I will provide you with a free cabana on the beautiful white sands on the Gulf of Mexico.

    • User Avatar March 5, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      Unfortunately we just went through… We would’ve enjoyed the cabana, thanks for the offer.

  4. Leanne
    March 4, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    Great blog and I love the videos but they are difficult to watch because the sound levels are so off. The music blasts but then you can’t hear people talking (video with Art), or one person talks louder than the other.
    It won’t stop me from watching and reading your blog but I thought you would want to know.

    • User Avatar March 4, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      Yeah, we’ve been trying to sweeten the sound but it was tough especially with Art since he’s so soft spoken. Keep watching videos and we might eventually be able to afford individual mics 😉

      • Brian
        June 22, 2016 / 11:34 pm

        Hey Art, do you happen to know anyone in Victoria, BC. Canada?

        pss. love the many uses of SIP’s. I’m planning on manufacturing SIP’s on Vancouver Island, BC in the near future.

        Where are you located?

        Cheers,
        Brian

  5. Stephanie
    March 4, 2015 / 7:59 am

    I live about 30 minutes from Lafayette and was so sorry I missed ya’ll and your tiny house. I am fascinated with the idea of living in one and would have really liked to have seen yours and met ya’ll. Kudos to ya’ll for being able to do what ya’ll are doing. Safe travels and I’m glad ya’ll enjoyed our local hospitality and cuisine.

  6. Leo McKeown
    March 3, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Hello all again, Just want to let you know I look forward to the updates on your blog here! Wanted to extend the invitation for a place to park and stay if needed. In Clovis NM. Look forward to hear from y’all.

    Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:11:20 +0000 To: llmckeown@hotmail.com

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