The best thing about Houma is that it’s an hour away from New Orleans. The worst thing about Houma is that it’s an hour away from New Orleans.
All kidding aside, Houma is kind of a strange place. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of some of the older, smaller parts of Jacksonville. The older parts seem dated, sometimes rundown. BP, Haliburton, and hundreds of other companies involved in the Gulf oil and gas industry have offices, operations yards, or store fronts here. It’s hard to drive anywhere without passing by a hydraulic equipment repair shop or a lot full of blow out preventers. The oil spill and resulting moratorium have doubly affected Houma. In recent years, the town has seen a lot of growth, but unfortunately, it’s mainly resulted in a strip of big box stores and chain restaurants.
For the most part, the people have all been very nice and more than willing to entertain with random conversations. They all have stories and are more than willing to share them. If you like fishing, hunting, and shooting guns, you’ll be in great company. While there isn’t a whole lot to do in town, it is only an hour away from New Orleans. And that’s pretty damn great.