A Look Back at the Bayou

Here’s a wonderful video looking back on a couple that lived the bayou dream.

Atchafalaya Houseboat - YouTube.clipular

In the early 1970s, two idealistic young people—Gwen Carpenter Roland and Calvin Voisin—decided to leave civilization and re-create the vanished simple life of their great-grandparents in the heart of Louisiana’s million-acre Atchafalaya River Basin Swamp. Armed with a box of crayons and a book called How to Build Your Home in the Woods, they drew up plans to recycle a slave-built structure into a houseboat. Without power tools or building experience they constructed a floating dwelling complete with a brick fireplace. Towed deep into the sleepy waters of Bloody Bayou, it was their home for eight years. This is the tale of the not-so-simple life they made together—days spent fishing, trading, making wine, growing food, and growing up—told by Gwen with grace, economy, and eloquence.

Here’s a story we did earlier on the book about their adventure.   

Thanks to ShantyboatLiving.com reporter Dan H!

Originally posted 2015-04-16 05:07:35.

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